Already the number one virtual personal assistant for the Spanish speaking world, Sherpa today became a free beta download for English speakers, allowing Android users to searching for info, complete transactions, manage schedules and operate the device itself.
Sherpa arrives to the Australian market with what the company describes as a "broader knowledge base" and "more proactive and predictive capabilities" than current market offerings and includes transactional capabilities that are unique in the virtual personal assistant category.
Sherpa’s combined capabilities give users the impression that there is a team of personal assistants, or “Sherpas,” at the ready to help them accomplish tasks and save time.
“Sherpa has been designed to be the interface to our digital lives,” commented Xabier Uribe-Etxebarria, founder and CEO of Sherpa.
"Sherpa’s capabilities will only continue to expand; we have developed less than 0.01 percent of our vision and what our amazing technology is capable of.”
After playing with the app for about 20 minutes this morning I can confirm its similarity to Siri, and it works pretty well for a program still in beta.
I said "take me to McDonalds" and Sherpa indeed loaded up Google Maps to navigate to the closest Big Mac-haven.
It had more difficulty with complex questions like 'who won last year's AFL premiership" (I would have enjoyed hearing the answer to that), although it had a pretty solid answer for 'are you human?'
Go see for yourself. It's free.