Automatically personalized action recipes.

Automate your day with Action Recipes in Q Actions 1.3.1!

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Finding yourself routinely using the same set of actions as you commute to work or prepare for your workout session? Action Recipes string together your favorite actions to help you get through the day. With Action Recipes, you can run multiple actions from the apps you use with simple voice commands.

Hands on the steering wheel as you start your daily commute to work?

“start my morning commute”

  • Start streaming NPR as Google Maps navigates you through the best route to work

Earbuds on, phone stowed, as you get ready for your routine run around the neighborhood or nearby trail?

“start my workout”

  • Play your favorite tracks on Spotify, Pandora, or Google Play Music as MapMyRun, Mi Fit or Google Fit logs your workout session

Hands tied as you gather your carry-ons and prepare to board the plane?

“ready to board”

  • Send someone a quick message through SMS, WhatsApp, or WeChat as United, American Airlines, Alaska, or Delta brings up your boarding pass

These Action Recipes are already created for your convenience. Just grab the latest version of Q Actions from the Google Play Store and swipe left until you reach the My Action Recipes page to preview your supported Action Recipes. More interesting recipes will just start surfacing here as they come online.

Action Recipes are automatically personalized for you – the right actions are executed based on the apps you use for these tasks. We are working on further controls and customizability.

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We would love to hear your feedback on these Action Recipes. Please let us know what you think!

world cup with voice

Hacking the World Cup with Voice

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“Watch the world cup live”

Can your digital assistant let you *watch* the world cup live with a single command? The answer is NO!

Not Google Assistant, not Alexa, not Siri.  And definitely not when you are not situated on your couch. They can show you the scores, and upcoming matches, but that’s easy 🙂

But … you don’t want to know old scores. You want to watch the match live! Now!

That’s what we do at Aiqudo – using Moto Voice, powered by Aiqudo, and the Moto Projector Mod, we’ve enabled this incredible experience – this Voice to Action(™) experience comes to you from the Fox Sports app.

“Turn on the projector” and get some beers!

Q Actions power Moto Voice

Q Actions Platform now powers App Actions in Moto Voice. #HelloMoto

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Our first official day at Aiqudo was in April, 2017.  One year later, we are excited to announce that our Q Actions platform is now live and powering app actions in Moto Voice. The experience is being rolled out, as we speak, to millions of users using Motorola phones in 7 languages in 12 markets, with more to come. Watch the coverage of the always on voice capabilities during Motorola’s recent launch event. 

Most of the app actions we power are not currently available in other digital assistant platforms – actions in apps like Facebook, Whatsapp, Wechat, Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, Waze, to mention a few.  And we just got started …

On supported Motorola phones, you just say “Hello Moto” and issue simple commands – hands free.

Our solution provides high utility to users. You can get things done instantly within your favo(u)rite apps, privately and without having to register credentials. Check out the Voice-to-Action™ experience in the video below:

We’ve addressed several hard technical problems, including:

  • Command matching for simple, intuitive commands in multiple languages: You speak naturally – no need to learn a specific syntax. A single command can provide matching actions from multiple apps, providing user choice.
  • Action execution of personal app actions:  We execute actions in your favo(u)rite apps, including your private actions, without requiring registration or login credentials. We use several techniques for action execution, and can even execute tasks consisting of multiple actions in different apps.
  • Action on boarding operations: We support actions in multiple versions of apps simultaneously – in multiple locales. Our on boarding process takes minutes, does not mandate APIs, coding or developer engagement, enabling rapid scale. Our flexible Machine Learning systems are trained incrementally with simple exemplary commands.

We will be writing more about our contributions in these areas over the next few weeks.

For the most powerful, fully hands free experience, get a new phone with always on Moto Voice, and say “Hello Moto”!

Or, for other Android phones, you can download the Q Actions app from the Play Store.

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Q Actions 1.3 update is now available on Google Play!

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Q Actions now enables you to make calls directly using voice commands, regardless of if your contact is in your phonebook or a third-party app like WhatsApp.

Remembering friends and family across multiple phone books and communication apps is cumbersome. Through voice, you can privately tell Q Actions which contact you want to connect with and what app you want to place the call with, safely and hands free.

Juggling multiple phone books across your apps can be tedious … We got your back!

Also, try out some of the new and improved actions from familiar apps that you already have on your phone: Netflix, Spotify, Waze, Maps, Facebook, and more.

Just launch Q Actions and say:

    • “dial John”, “call Jason on WhatsApp” Phone/WhatsApp
    • “Play Stranger Things”, “watch Netflix originals” Netflix
    • “play songs by Drake”, “play mint playlist”Spotify
    • “take me to work”, “I want to drive home” Waze
    • “are any of my friends nearby?”, “view upcoming events” Facebook

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As always, we welcome your feedback.

 

 

Moto Voice - App Actions powered by Aiqudo

Aiqudo Announces Global Voice Assistant Agreement with Motorola

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Aiqudo to Power Actions for Motorola’s Moto Voice Experience, Launch Globally in Seven Languages

BUSINESSWIRE. SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, APRIL 30, 2018

Aiqudo, a Voice AI pioneer that lets people use voice commands to execute actions in mobile apps, today announced that they have entered into an agreement for Aiqudo to work with Motorola’s Moto Voice experience globally. Aiqudo’s technology is now available in select Motorola smartphones in major markets around the world in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German and Russian. The technology will integrate seamlessly with the top apps in each market.

“With this agreement, Motorola brings Aiqudo’s unique virtual assistant capabilities to tens of millions of customers,” said John Foster, Aiqudo CEO and Co-Founder. “Motorola, who pioneered the mobile phone business, is now pioneering voice as the primary interface to our digital worlds and we are excited to work with them. At Aiqudo, we’ve solved issues with existing voice-assisted platforms to ensure an experience that offers ease of use and seamless integration with favorite apps without users needing to learn new syntax and running up against walled gardens that are so common with current solutions. This agreement brings to market far more powerful interactions than have ever before been enabled with voice on any device. We are thrilled to work with Motorola to bring what we believe is the next wave of voice to consumers.”

Aiqudo’s technology is now available in select Motorola smartphones in major markets around the world in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German and Russian.

 

Aiqudo’s powerful Voice-to-Action™ platform brings the ease and power of voice to the mobile app ecosystem. Mobile apps have become central to consumers’ lives, providing massive utility across entertainment, shopping, navigation, messaging, and more. With Aiqudo, Moto Voice allows instant access to these actions, enabling consumers to use their favorite mobile apps with simple, intuitive natural-language commands – hands free. Users get both verbal and visual results, which is essential for making quick decisions, and their private data stays private, within the apps they originally entered it in.

“Aiqudo helps users get things done quickly with the most ubiquitous assistant – the phone, meaning you don’t lose functionality when you walk out of your living room or home. And it’s easy to use because the Q Platform does not require the user to learn a new command syntax or specify an app by name. The Q platform learns from the user instead of requiring the user to learn new skills,” said Rajat Mukherjee, Aiqudo CTO and Co-Founder. “Our Voice AI, built by our team in Belfast, Northern Ireland, enables rapid scalability to multiple languages and localization for apps in each of the markets we will be expanding to with Motorola. Aiqudo voice enables users’ favorite apps in each market and supports regional language variations, for example between Spain and Mexico.”

About Aiqudo

Aiqudo (pronounced: “eye-cue-doe”) is a Voice AI pioneer that connects the nascent world of voice interfaces to the useful, mature world of mobile apps through its Voice-to-Action™ platform. It lets people use natural voice commands to execute actions in mobile apps across devices. Aiqudo’s SaaS platform uses machine learning (AI) to understand natural-language voice commands and then triggers instant actions via mobile apps, enabling consumers to get things done quickly and easily.

Aiqudo’s proprietary technology is covered by more than 30 granted patents and patent applications. Aiqudo’s technology is delivered in a scalable approach to creating voice-enabled actions without APIs or developer dependencies.

To view product demo videos, visit Aiqudo’s YouTube channel.

BUSINESSWIRE: Aiqudo Announces Global Voice Assistant Agreement with Motorola

Why Apps?

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With all the hype around chatbots, skills, and other forms of custom voice UX, we’re often asked why we chose mobile apps as the first target domain for Q Actions – our voice AI platform.

The short answer is: apps are where the utility is – consumers spent a trillion hours using mobile apps last year. With voice, all those familiar apps are even easier to use.

We believe there is a critical gap in the voice assistant marketplace. The ideal assistant MUST:

  • Be ubiquitous – not just available in the kitchen or living room
  • Provide high utility – help us do useful things we do every day
  • Work intuitively – let users speak naturally, without the need to learn new syntax
  • Offer user choice – across platforms, applications and devices
  • Be private and secure – on device where possible

Mobile apps remain the best way to achieve these goals. Your phone is always with you, and mobile apps provide high utility for you wherever you are.

Venturebeat ran a survey last year asking 1000 people “Which of these (app, mobile website, or chatbot) would you prefer to use in order to engage with a brand?” There was a clear winner. Apps! It’s particularly interesting because these 1000 respondents were self-described “chatbot users”.

Users prefer Apps

Users prefer to use Apps

 

Are we at “Peak App” and does it even matter?

We often hear the concept of “Peak App”, which describes a general state of app fatigue. In this narrative, people already have all the apps they need, so they no longer download new apps. And for developers, this peak means creating new apps is no longer exciting, and breaking through as a new app is increasingly rare, so maybe develop a skill or a chatbot for one of the closed platforms and see how that goes (aka starting over with your customers).  

Global app download rates defy the idea of “Peak App”. We’ve seen 60% growth over the past three years, and this trend continues in 2018, with app downloads (and revenue) breaking records yet again in Q1.

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App Downloads continue to grow

 

People continue to spend more money in the app economy. Both iOS and Google Play saw 20% year-over-year growth in worldwide consumer spend in Q4 2017. The total app spend in 2017 was $17 billion.

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App Spend continues to grow

As noted by Mary Meeker in her 2017 Internet Trends report, Internet Usage (Engagement) continues to grow (+4% Y/Y), with mobile >3 Hours / Day per User vs. <1 Five Years Ago, USA

Mobile continues to dominate time spent

 

Peak is a moot point anyway, because…

People use 30 to 40 apps, and still have another 50+ apps installed on their phone.

More apps can be used

Many app are usable, but out of sight.

 

We want to bring easy-to-use voice AI to the apps people use, while also helping them make use of those apps installed but not used. Out of sight is out of mind, but if you could just ask, and if the right action in the right app is executed, you’re more likely to use those installed apps. Further, if I don’t have to know which app can execute my command, I can just say what I want and our Q Actions platform will:

  • Understand what you intend to do
  • Determine which apps can get it done
  • Execute the action using the most relevant app installed on your phone

It’s easier, more natural, and … faster! It reduces time to action.

Unlocking Utility

This approach unlocks the high utility of mobile apps by putting the effort of app discovery on the voice AI platform, not the consumer.

ComScore’s “2017 U.S. Mobile App Report” illustrates that many people have apps they consider “Hidden Gems”. These are gems because they are helpful and offer high utility when needed, but are not in the top 25 most used apps. We help people make use of these gems by simply issuing natural voice commands.

Hidden Gems

Hidden gems : apps that are not head apps, but provide huge utility

 

Most of these “hidden gems”, along with millions more – photo apps, payment apps, airline apps, etc. are just not available in existing voice platforms. Alexa Skills offer limited utility compared to mobile apps already installed on your phone.

Critical Gaps In The Big Voice Platforms

The big voice platforms don’t currently support many of the most popular, helpful, and engaging mobile apps. Here’s a look at top mobile apps vs apps currently supported through an Alexa Skill.

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Many popular apps are not available on Alexa or Google Assistant

 

Current voice platforms don’t support enough useful actions. Even those apps supported by Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana, Siri, et al, often limit voice support to a small number of app functions. For example, with Alexa, I can order a Lyft, but I can’t schedule one, or look at my ride history. Voice should make using these familiar apps easier, not require you to remember what Lyft can do with Alexa.

Don’t Reinvent The Wheel

Current voice platforms require new, custom development, ongoing maintenance and support. Why would a developer reinvent the wheel just to offer voice support to their customers, expanding their maintenance and support requirements in the process?

Voice enabling your existing app gets developers and brands started on capturing customer voice search commands, a valuable asset that should be protected from competitors, some of which operate digital platforms eager to disintermediate brands from their customers.

Apps Are Useful, Personal, Private, and Secure

A compelling consumer voice experience is our goal, and apps are a great starting point. Further, because you already trust the apps you use, and we don’t require registration or any user credentials, we execute the right actions for you privately.  We can enable personal actions, like playing your personal playlists, viewing your photos, sending payments to friends, and messaging family – quickly and securely.

Through our Q Action Kit (developer SDK) or our Q Actions App, Aiqudo’s action intent AI connects voice computing to the mobile app ecosystem, helping you take action quickly and easily, wherever you go.

New office!

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As our US team continues to grow and we schedule more partner meetings and candidate visits, we realized pretty quickly that we need a new, dedicated office space. A place to call home. We moved out of  SPACES at the end of January, and now, after several weeks of working out of a temporary space in our new building, we are now finally settled in to our new office.

Check out the pictures before and after our official move-in. We’re at 1901 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA. Suite 1220. Visit us!!

This Week In Voice Podcast March 15 2018

This Week in Voice – Podcast with Aiqudo

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Season 2, Episode 8 of the “This Week In Voice” podcast features Aiqudo’s co-founders discussing the latest developments in the world of voice.

Hear CEO John and CTO Rajat provide their opinions and perspectives on several recent developments: Alexa’s new “follow-up mode”, Google’s recently announced multi-step routines, the availability of Alexa and Assistant on tablets, the current issues with these assistant platforms on phones, the challenges for banking, payments and other private activities using standalone voice assistants, and the potential proliferation of vertical and specialized voice applications.

You can listen to the podcast here.

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The Next Billion

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When we started Aiqudo less than a year ago, we were focused on voice as the next big thing in tech, a UI that has the potential to be the most profound and disruptive change in consumer technology to date. Being a Silicon Valley company, we naturally focused on how voice could impact our world — savvy tech users who wanted the easiest, fastest way possible to use their technology, and the changes natural language voice could bring about for businesses serving us: voice search, voice commerce, hands free apps while driving, etc.

But as we work with partners who are focused on global deployments across multiple languages, we’re coming to realize that voice could have a much more far-reaching impact. When interacting with technology becomes completely seamless and intuitive, we will extend access to technology to billions of new users in emerging markets where mobile internet devices have arrived but where language or literacy issues may present barriers to usage.

Today, mobile carriers are pushing hard to capture new users in these frontier markets, offering inexpensive Android phones with unlimited data plans and putting internet connections into more hands than ever. Voice interfaces, localized for languages and for locale-specific apps, will unlock the final accessibility challenge for these users, allowing the benefits of the internet to reach far deeper into many societies that have until now been on the other side of the digital divide. Voice has the potential to become the universal interface to the digital world.

New users and a new user interface will certainly mean new entry points and new modalities of use for a broad range of established businesses. Industries that VCs would consider over with, done, un-investable in developed markets will be up for grabs again, and serving billions of users. We’ll see new business models, serving localized needs with localized solutions — this won’t be a walkover for the established incumbents. The next disruption is likely to have its roots far from Silicon Valley.

These are the next billion internet users, and voice is the interface that will power their digital experience.