Sherpa Beta Asistente Personal, a personal assistant app for Spanish speakers, has received a sum of $1.7 million in funds from backers whose names were not revealed.
Sherpa is similar to Siri and Wolfram Alpha. Its developer and founder Xabier Uribe-Etxebarria claims that Sherpa has an edge against said personal assistant apps because its level of comprehension is much higher. Says Uribe-Etxebarria, Sherpa is able to understand over 250,000 ideas. Sematically and syntactically, it is likewise more advanced, with 5,000 rules of syntax and semantics programmed into it.
The app was released in October last year, and for now, is only available for Android users. To date, the app has gotten some 400,000 installs.
Essentially, Sherpa features several small “Sherpa specialists”—cutesy cartoon figures who are ready to help mobile device users for whatever task they have at hand.
Users can ask questions, search for music, send messages and have received messages read out loud for the user, greet friends, post tweets, reserve plane tickets, get directions, find a word in a dictionary, post on a Facebook wall, among many others others using the Sherpa app.
Sherpa currently supports several varieties of Spanish, including that spoken in Spain, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Venezuela. As one user notes, Mexican Spanish is still not supported at present.
To function, Sherpa requires that one has Bluetooth, GPS, microphone, touchscreen, Wi-Fi, and an official ROM. Its minimum OS requirement is Android 2.2. Downloading the app costs absolutely nothing.
Users should note that the app asks for a lot of permissions, so they may want to review these, especially the one that costs money, which is directly calling phone numbers via the app and sans the intervention of the user.
On Google Play, Sherpa has received an average rating of 4.5, from 21,159 reviewers.
According to the reviewers, Sherpa is entertaining and functions well.
Sherpa aims to expand beyond the Spanish-speaking world, and into the US and Canada, the UK, South Africa, and Australia. It is expected that this will happen around the second quarter of 2013.
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