Maluuba launches natural language API to bring Siri-type assistance to any app

Daniel Bader

November 14, 2012 9:22 pm


When we covered Maluuba a few weeks back, it existed merely as an Android app. Promising superior natural language capabilities than its nearest Apple competitor, it works far better than Samsung’s S Voice and competes in many ways with Google Now — except that it’s compatible with any version of Android Gingerbread or above.

But when I spoke to Maluuba’s Product Manager, Mohamed Musbah, he mentioned that while an Android app was the easiest way to introduce Maluuba to the world, it was not the ultimate endgame for the Waterloo-based company. Today, with Maluuba launching its first API, or nAPI, the natural language service is on its way to being integrated into third-party apps.

Ever wanted to book a flight on the go without having to wait on the line for a CSR, and without having to fill out endless forms with a virtual keyboard? Maluuba’s natural language API promises integration with big-name vendors, though specific names have yet to come out.

The company promises updates to its Android app soon, with language-assisted shopping the next frontier.

If you want to check out the nAPI, or request early access, head to the Maluuba Developer page.

Via: TechCrunch

  • kindcobra

    DOPE!!

  • Mark

    it’s gonna better than apple

  • Brad F(anboy)

    Let the competition begin!

  • Intuiitive Consulting

    I wonder what Wolfram might do considering WolframAlpha does all the intuitive question answering behind Siri. Nuance already powers other non-Siri voice to text services

  • Yuuuup

    Nuance has offices in Waterloo too. Maluumbva should flash mob them.

  • David

    I know I’m gonna get flamed for this, but… I wish there was just ONE natural language tool that only WORKS in French. French is available in all of them, but I have yet to see one that’s usable. And for God’s sake … get rid of that stupid euro French accent!

    • Slappy

      I don’t consider the english to be usable either. The demos they show are always impressive. Every voice recognition app I’ve ever used is just too annoying.

  • Frank

    Cool, I wonder how long until Google buys it lol.