Samsung virtual personal assistant now available in the UK

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To offer better interaction between its users and their smartphones, Samsung has finally unveiled its virtual personal assistant named Sherpa in the UK.

Sherpa is an indirect rival of Apple’s Siri. It was first launched in the Iberian Peninsula and became the top most downloaded app for Android in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.

Although it is still in beta, the virtual assistant app utilises Natural Language Processing (NLP) to retrieve information online and can be commanded to perform several tasks via touch, typing or voice.

The app advertises itself like Google Now, which was recently made available on iOS. Sherpa will provide users with the best possible answers to their queries. It will also attempt to guess your question before you even ask it, for example, by providing information on the place where you are currently located as well as local news and weather forecasts. On top of that, it lets you play songs without even downloading them.

Sherpa is different from other apps because it has the ability to complete voice-enabled online transactions via PayPal. Developed with the help of founder Xabier Uribe-Etxebarria’s NLP study, Sherpa can fully understand 250,000 ideas and is capable of “five levels of linguistic analysis, including morphological, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and functional.”

Sherpa’s UK variant has also been tailored to the country, with regional versions for Ireland and Scotland so that users can fully appreciate the application’s features such as informational searches, managing schedules, completing transactions and autonomous operation.