Sherpa is a natural language Android app that is already a top app in Latin America and Spain. It rolled out today -- Wednesday, April 17 -- in the U.S. It will arrive on Android, and eventually reach iOS.
In the Play Store, Sherpa already has more than 24,000 reviews at the time of this writing. It's pretty relaxed in terms of platform requirements, as it will work on Android 2.2 and above.
The company was founded by natural language expert Xabier Uribe-Etxebarria. Sherpa performs Siri and Google Now-like tasks, but adds some functionality not available in the others, such as allowing users to pay someone via PayPal with a simple voice command.
To bring the app to the U.S., the company recently raised $1.6M.
Here's the app's rather extensive blurb in the Play Store:
Sherpa is the number one personal assistant for your cell phone and tablet.
TELL YOUR CELL PHONE WHAT YOU WANT AND TADAA! IT IS DONE.
Ask about anything that you want, music, flights, sending messages, using social networks.
ON TOP OF THAT, SHERPA IS ABLE TO PREDICT WHAT YOU NEED.
Sherpa learns about what you like, knows in any moment where you are, and… even though it seems incredible, Sherpa anticipates your needs!
With the “Intelligent Proactive System Shertab” technology, Sherpa is now more intelligent and learns from your habits to give you information that interests you, before you ask for it!
★VERY EASY TO USE!
The user interface makes it easier to do or find anything that you want with Sherpa.
★SHERPA UNDERSTANDS YOU PERFECTLY AND RESPONDS BETTER!
The informational module “Multiknowledge System,” which is exclusively in Sherpa, incorporates a state-of-the-art algorithm with a multitude of information sources that is able to offer the most incredibly accurate results.
★MARVEL AT EVERYTHING THAT WE KNOW HOW TO DO!
With the Sherpa virtual assistant you will have a ton of small Sherpas inside your smartphone specialized in making your life easier with anything that you can think of, including helping you with what you need before you ask for it!
Talk with them, ask them questions about anything, ask them to do things!
★WHO IS OBAMA?
We answer your questions.
★PLAY A U2 SONG
We play music without downloading it.
★I AM HUNGRY!
We find restaurants, pharmacies and many other places close to you.
★DID THE LAKERS WIN?
We tell you what happened in the NBA, MLB, NFL and many more leagues.
★WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN BOSTON?
Ask us about the weather anywhere in the world.
★CALL MY DAD
We manage your phone and remember your personal relationships.
★WRITE DOWN AN APPOINTMENT FOR TOMORROW
We manage your calendar, appointments, alarms…
★TRANSFER $5 ON PAYPAL
We perform PayPal transactions for you.
★I WANT TO FLY TO LOS ANGELES
We help you find flights.
★HOW MUCH ARE GOOGLE’S STOCKS WORTH?
We get you information on the stock market.
Sherpa Answers questions 10 times faster than other assistants.
- We read and send messages for you.
- We send emails for you.
- We search flights for you.
- We give you direction to wherever you want.
- We publish messages on your Facebook wall.
- We read your Tweets.
- Want to watch TV? Just ask us.
- We open your applications.
- We do calculations for you.
- We send your WhatsApp messages.
- Want to know what is happening in around the world? We get you the news for you.
- Do you need a dictionary or translator? We tell you the meaning of words that you ask for and we even translate into other languages.
WE DO NOT RESPOND TO QUESTIONS ON GOOGLE PLAY, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherpa learns over time, said Uribe-Etxebarria, meaning that it should get better and better at interpreting your requests. Sherpa also plugs into all of your social networking accounts, making each service’s functionality available via voice command.
At the time of this writing, Sherpa has 24,000 reviews and a 4.5-star average. It has somewhere between 100,000 and 500,000 downloads.
A set of screenshots can be seen here.