A new search engines that is currently in Beta stage, Wolfram Alpha is a bit of a mix between the Google OneBox and Wikipedia. It’s closed right now, as they are still testing it, but when it’s going to be open it will allow you to use normal search queries, as far as I can tell from the video demo that they’ve released.
I didn’t get a chance to test this start-up yet, but they are launching soon enough, so a more detailed review is going to show up eventually. You can find out a lot about Wolfram Alpha by watching the video, as it gives you a lot of tips on what this new search engine can do. If you love data, the possibilities that this start-up is offering are stunning to say the least. The video is a bit blurry, but you can still get what it’s saying very well. Still, they should’ve done a better job on the video, considering that it’s the demo that they’re showing to the world.
Wolfram Alpha shouldn’t be considered as something that will kill Google, but they aren’t really on the same level. There isn’t anything being done by Google right now that is on the same level as Wolfram Alpha. The public data search from Google might come close a bit, but not that close. Ultimately, the public test will make it or break it. If it’s good enough to be used on a daily basis then maybe it has a future.
Anyway, as far as a normal search is concerned, Google is the best and it will be for a long time. Taking a look at it, Wolfram Alfa actually seems to be more of a Wikipedia competitor than a Google one. I’m actually looking forward for the open test, to see what it can really do.