Waterloo's Maluuba launched in September at TechCrunch Disrupt. Today they launched the latest version of their Siri-like Android app in the Google Play store with their biggest new feature to date: Shopping Search.
Maluuba is the equivalent of Apple's Siri, only on Android. Self-labeled the "do-engine," Maluuba helps you find what you want, helps you organize life, and lets you share results with your friends.
With today's release, Maluuba users can now naturally ask queries related to shopping on their smartphones and get relevant results ranked from millions of items by multiple content providers that match what they want. The Canadian startup feels this will revolutionize the way online shopping search is done to date and we will leapfrog Siri, Google Now, and the rest of the voice-controlled personal assistants with this feature.
"Online shopping has changed how we buy things profoundly. The availability and low prices of items are unmatched," says Sam Pasupalak, CEO of Maluuba. "It's finding what you're looking to buy that's still slow and ineffective. With Maluuba's Shopping search that barrier is now removed."
Using Maluuba, users can now ask queries like "I want to get some dress shoes for my dad"; "Show me the prices of Nikon cameras"; and "I want to buy a sweater under 75 dollars."
To power this shopping feature, the company has partnered directly with Walmart and Best Buy. "We wanted to work with the best in the industry to offer the products people want at great prices," Sam explained. "BestBuy and Walmart were logical choices for this and we're thrilled to be working with them."
To highlight today’s release, Maluuba is giving away a Nexus 7 and Best Buy gift cards in a small pre-holiday contest.