Questions and answers brands Ask.com has released an iPhone app. The app enables Ask.com users to ask and answer questions from their mobile devices. Previously limited to a subset of Ask.com website users, the full Ask.com Q&A experience is now available to anyone who downloads the app.
“Millions of people come to Ask.com with their questions everyday – now they don’t have to wait until they get back to their computers to get the answers they need,” says Ask.com US president, Doug Leeds. “The number of questions posed on Ask.com has steadily increased since our Q&A beta launch and the addition of our mobile app helps us do a better job of getting those answers, either from the web or from people nearby.”
Ask for iPhone instantly returns the best answer from the web in response to user questions; if the web’s best answer isn’t sufficient, the service then leverages proprietary technology to route the question directly to a relevant Ask.com user.
Like the Ask.com Q&A beta site, Ask for iPhone answers questions using either search technology or insight from real people. Voice to text functionality, powered by Nuance, enables users to speak, rather than type, their questions. The questions are routed not just to other devices, but to any Ask.com user who is qualified to answer, based on expertise, knowledge area and, coming soon, location. Likewise, Ask.com users who ask questions through the site will be able to tap into the knowledge of other users via their mobile devices. When an answer is received, Push notifications include the entire answer, with no need to click through to the Ask.com site.
By the end of the year, Ask for iPhone will also allow users to browse questions within their immediate surroundings, route location-specific questions to nearby Ask.com members and review recent questions asked about nearby points of interest.
You can download Ask for iPhone here.