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A Big Week for Wolfram|Alpha

October 20, 2009 — Stephen Wolfram

There’s a lot going on in the Wolfram|Alpha project these days—and this week there’s a remarkable convergence of events.

Late last week we introduced the Wolfram|Alpha Webservice API, allowing outside developers to call Wolfram|Alpha from their websites or application programs.

Then yesterday we released the first mobile implementation of Wolfram|Alpha, in the form of an iPhone app.

Tomorrow, we’re doing something completely different: Wolfram|Alpha Homework Day—a 14-hour live webcast event for students and educators.

Oh, and starting on Thursday is the International Mathematica User Conference, which will show many advances in the core Mathematica technology on which Wolfram|Alpha is based.

In May we launched Wolfram|Alpha as a major website. But the website is really just the tip of an iceberg. Wolfram|Alpha is a whole technology that can be deployed and used in all sorts of ways.

This week we’re seeing some of the diversity of what can be done. The API as a tool for developers. The iPhone app as a consumer product. And Homework Day as a community event that Wolfram|Alpha enables.

My approach to managing R&D is to maintain a portfolio of ongoing projects, short-term and long-term. There’s an amazing amount in the pipeline for Wolfram|Alpha, which will emerge on timescales from weeks to years.

I’m very proud of the achievements of our various teams that we’re seeing this week. The diversity of what’s becoming possible with Wolfram|Alpha is surprising even us. There are a lot of very exciting things to come…

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156 Comments


Aaron

This service has been supremely useful! My school uses Mathematica, but I don’t own it personally. It’s quite handy to be able to run simpler calculations using Alpha from my computer. Keep up the great work!

Posted by Aaron    October 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm
Spencer

Are there any plans for releasing an Android application for Wolfram|Alpha? I’m quite interested.

Posted by Spencer    October 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm
Herbert Exner

Historically we have not thought too much of ubiquitous scientific computing. With the API, I see a vast variety of combined applications of the knowledge engine with specialized pre- and postprocessing, all widely accessible, if we want.

Posted by Herbert Exner    October 22, 2009 at 10:05 am
Taliesin Beynon

I can’t wait to start work!

Posted by Taliesin Beynon    October 24, 2009 at 6:56 pm
Jake

Please work an equivalent WA app for Android! That OS is growing and the users are certainly the Mathematica type.

Posted by Jake    October 31, 2009 at 9:36 pm
Martin

Just adding to the other requests for a Wolfram|Alpha application for Android. I know it must be annoying to have just developed one app you’re proud of only to have a bunch of people request the same app on another platform, but please do it anyway!

Posted by Martin    November 13, 2009 at 2:59 pm
Vilis

+1 for the Android app. Thanks.

Posted by Vilis    November 16, 2009 at 12:39 am
emanuel

I like this app for the android too!
Please

Posted by emanuel    November 18, 2009 at 10:08 am
adam

+1 for android application

Posted by adam    November 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm
joe

i++ for andriod app

Posted by joe    November 19, 2009 at 8:09 pm
Aaron G.

+2 for the Android platform app. We need our computational fix

Posted by Aaron G.    November 20, 2009 at 1:47 am
Paul Diedrich

I haven’t seen anything in “A new Kind of Science” yet that indicates this, but several simple programs are sensitive to the WIDTH of the display. 109 is especially sensitive. POD

Posted by Paul Diedrich    November 23, 2009 at 7:39 pm
CosminB

I too would like to have this app for Android. However, seeing the price tag of the iPhone version, I don’t think it will happen anytime soon, especially since Android has at the moment far fewer mobile phones. So the price might be even higher than $50 for the Android platform. Even so, could we get an official statement regarding this request?

Posted by CosminB    November 28, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Andy

+1 for an Android app!

Posted by Andy    December 1, 2009 at 9:34 pm
Fiaz Idris

Android Application Please.. thanks

Posted by Fiaz Idris    December 12, 2009 at 12:43 pm
Elvin

Android app PLEASE

Posted by Elvin    December 15, 2009 at 10:05 am
bob

and what about an android app ? :)

Posted by bob    December 17, 2009 at 11:36 am
john

same here. I will never use an iPhone simply because its Mac. Android please!

Posted by john    December 21, 2009 at 11:50 pm
Lefteris

+1 for an android app!

Posted by Lefteris    January 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Mattias

+ 1 for the android app.

Posted by Mattias    January 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm
Przemek

Android version is needed!

Posted by Przemek    January 14, 2010 at 7:06 pm
Andi

+12 for an android app!

Posted by Andi    January 21, 2010 at 11:30 am
AP

++ Android App please

Posted by AP    January 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm
Boyforandroid

++ Android ;
// I want this app for android too !

Posted by Boyforandroid    January 22, 2010 at 6:11 pm
Wyatt

Another vote for the android app! :D

Posted by Wyatt    January 26, 2010 at 11:45 pm
emanuel

I would also like to see an android application for this website. Android is a growing o s with, what someone said earlier lots of interested users. I’m using my android phone right now i’m not even typing I’m using the speech function to type the words. Awesome !

Posted by emanuel    January 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm
Joel

+\[Infinity] for android

Posted by Joel    January 29, 2010 at 11:37 am
mike

i too would like an android port

Posted by mike    January 31, 2010 at 2:15 pm
reuven

Is there any chance of a port to android?

Posted by reuven    February 2, 2010 at 10:27 am
Stefano

+1 for the Android app!

Posted by Stefano    February 3, 2010 at 7:21 am
Russell

Android App request ++ as well! I’ve been playing with the website interface and it’s amazing! Forget Jeeves, I’m asking Wolfram Alpha!

Posted by Russell    February 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm
android app plz

Came here looking for an Android app, if you make it I’ll use it!

Posted by android app plz    February 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm
Pedro

+++++ANDROID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Pedro    February 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm
steve

Android app please…

Posted by steve    February 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm
Silas Davis

Another voice in support of an android version of the application.

We are the earlier adopters, and an open development environment makes interesting and unexpected hybrid applications based on alpha more likely.

Posted by Silas Davis    February 15, 2010 at 5:46 am
jens

yet some more support for the “give us an android app” vote ;-)

Posted by jens    February 17, 2010 at 4:44 am
Jim

Android please!

Posted by Jim    February 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm
Kevin

Please make this app for Android!!!

Posted by Kevin    February 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm
Justin Wilson

I agree with everyone else. Android app, please!

Posted by Justin Wilson    February 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm
John

+1 Android App please!!!

Posted by John    February 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm
IT Support

+1 on android app, thanks!

Posted by IT Support    March 1, 2010 at 6:34 am
Bora Gurel

An android app would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by Bora Gurel    March 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm
Trey Darley

Another plea for an Android app!

Posted by Trey Darley    March 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm
random consultant

+1 on android app, thanks!

Posted by random consultant    March 5, 2010 at 6:21 am
David Auth

+1 for android!

Posted by David Auth    March 6, 2010 at 3:08 pm
Ryan

+1 for android application. Would love to use this on my Nexus One. Would buy it in a heartbeat =D

Posted by Ryan    March 8, 2010 at 1:17 am
Jackin

I really really need it in my android phone. With the google nexus one released, i am sure many people are longing to have it. Hope wolfram will support the growing android community.

+1 for Android

Posted by Jackin    March 12, 2010 at 12:27 am
Bhumir

Please bring it to Android OS

Posted by Bhumir    March 15, 2010 at 11:41 am
Fletcher

Android App Please!!! Would be so helpful.

Posted by Fletcher    March 17, 2010 at 9:32 pm
Brett

requesting android support, the android platform is going to be big. I probably wont buy another phone without it :)

Posted by Brett    March 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm
Whitenexx

Android please!

Posted by Whitenexx    March 22, 2010 at 5:04 am
Lloyd Sloan

+1 for an Android app!

Posted by Lloyd Sloan    March 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm
xx8833

Waiting for Android

Posted by xx8833    March 23, 2010 at 2:21 am
nak

Android please. Smart people dont use an iphone.

Posted by nak    March 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm
chris

android app, +1. kindly please :)

Posted by chris    March 31, 2010 at 3:35 am
Ivan

umm guys.. almost every comment on iPhone app is a request for android app.. I think you made the app for the wrong platform :D

+1 for Android :D

Posted by Ivan    March 31, 2010 at 8:12 am
Yogesh Girdhar

ANDROIIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!! please

Posted by Yogesh Girdhar    April 1, 2010 at 7:47 am
Tarjei Husøy

Another vote for an Android app here! I’ll never use an iPhone as long as there’s an alternative as great as Android, it has come to stay so better just get it over with!

Posted by Tarjei Husøy    April 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm
Emanuel

one more +1 for android

Posted by Emanuel    April 20, 2010 at 8:21 am
Tor

Once again +1 for android!! :D pretty please :)

Posted by Tor    April 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm
Snark

One more for an Android version! Please :-)

Posted by Snark    April 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm
bart

why develop this for the iphone? smart people who need this app, have a android phone

Posted by bart    April 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm
Ricardo

+1 for an Android app!

Posted by Ricardo    May 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm
spyzy

+1 for android too thanks.

Posted by spyzy    May 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm
Hades

+1 for ANDROID PLs

Posted by Hades    May 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm
mike mancini

Just adding to the pleas for an android app!! I will help port!

Posted by mike mancini    May 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm
Gustavo Niemeyer

Android seems to be popular here. :-)

Anyway, yes, I would make some use of an Android app. ;-)

Posted by Gustavo Niemeyer    June 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm
Mikey

Are guys even reading this? This is the first page to pop up when you search for “wolfram android”, hence the many requests. Because we would very much like to be noticed (android users, that is).

Posted by Mikey    June 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm
dominik

+1 for android :)

Posted by dominik    June 9, 2010 at 8:44 am
sergio

i vote for an android app version too

Posted by sergio    June 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm
josh

yes…android app!!!!!!!

Posted by josh    June 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm
nick hamilton

wolfram|alpha app for android plz :) I have so many questions and wolfram|alpha has so many answers!

Posted by nick hamilton    June 14, 2010 at 5:32 pm
Stefan Kiesel

+1 for Android ;)

Posted by Stefan Kiesel    June 22, 2010 at 11:47 am
IT Support Guy

Hi I work in IT support and Wolfram makes my life much easier! Would love to have an app on my Android phone, so +1 on android.
P.S. If you’re a network geek check out the “Web and Computer Systems” examples here: http://www.wolframalpha.com/examples/WebAndComputerSystems.html

Posted by IT Support Guy    June 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm
Sam

While [ WA_Port != anroid , request++ ] !!!

I think android is the fastest growing mobile OS and is popular among the geeky type rather than iPhone (which btw is used mostly by “art” type of folk). Wolfram should considering porting the WA app to Anroid on priority.

Posted by Sam    July 6, 2010 at 2:20 am
PiEater

+3.1415 for Android!

Posted by PiEater    July 8, 2010 at 4:14 am
MuttM

Android please…more than alpha, any way I could just use Mathematica on DroidX?

Posted by MuttM    July 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm
Alex

Another vote for Android! I would note that making an iPhone app was a mistake in the first place: from what I see from various forums, you will get over an order of magnitude more Android users than those with iPhones.

Posted by Alex    July 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Kai

Totally agree with Alex…

Wolfram goes ANDROID !!!

Posted by Kai    August 4, 2010 at 3:34 am
henrik

I am typing this on my android. Guess my opinion from the previous comments.:)

Posted by henrik    August 16, 2010 at 10:57 am


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