Google has reportedly picked up the Q&A mobile app Superpod with the aims of improving answering capabilities of Google Assistant. Google has paid approximately $60 million to hire the founders of Superpod and purchase some of Superpod’s assets.
Superpod, (or formerly known as ‘Sparks’) had been a mobile app which lets users ask questions and receive answers from experts. It was founded ex-Google employees by Sophia Yang and William Lin in 2016, and it was confirmed by a Google spokesperson that they have joined Google again. No further details have been disclosed about the deal.
“We can’t share any details at this time, but we’re trekking onwards toward the same north star and are very excited about the future,” wrote the founders of Superpod in a message.
Debuted in 2016, Google has always been on a quest to bring its voice assistant to a similar level to that of Amazon’s Alexa. It’s no secret that Alexa is more popular globally than Google Assistant. But in a recent test meant to measure the answering capabilities of smart speakers, Google Assistant was able to outperform Alexa, among others like Apple’s Siri.
The test was the 2018 edition of “Smart Speaker IQ Test,” by research-driven venture capital firm Loup Ventures, and Google Assistant could answer 87.9% of the questions correctly, which is up from 81.1% in 2017, according to Street.com.