The Siri-like personal assistant market has recently been one of the rising competitive markets in the mobile industry. Ever since Apple started things off with Siri on the iPhone 4S, more companies and developers have been trying to go after what they were capable to do and maybe improve on what Siri struggles to do on other platforms. Maluuba is one of those Siri-like personal assistants on Android that is ready to take the next steps to compete and perhaps do better than the originator. They recently announced an international edition that is available on the Google Play store worldwide. The original app was available at the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia, but with the new international edition allows more countries to have the app available. English is still the only language supported in Maluuba, but more languages will be supported in the future since it is available worldwide. The main reason there’s an international edition instead of making versions for specific countries is that the service relies a lot on local content partners such as Yelp.
Maluuba’s CEO and co-founder Sam Pasupalak also told TechCrunch that he is looking to raise $10 million. The company has raised about $2 million in the past from Samsung Ventures, but this new round of funding will be used mainly for team expansion. If they were able to raise that amount and perhaps even more, I could see him spending it on more expansion and improving the app even more to accommodate the needs from other countries that have the international edition. They are already have plans to launch their API to developers that want to mess around with their natural language processing capabilities next month. In addition, more topic domains, shopping, sports updates, and restaurant reservations are coming to future updates sometime soon. The possibility of more partnerships with other companies with the new additions is perfect for Maluuba to continue their success with the app. With the release of the international edition, more funding to increase the team, and the new additions coming in the future, does Maluuba have what it takes to succeed Siri? Let us know in the comments below.
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