Oct 21 AT 2:02 PM Taylor Wimberly 13 Comments

kgb Answers questions for Android idiots

One of the cool things about owning an Android phone is the always-on access to the Internet. If I need to get a weather report, check movie times and reviews, find a place to eat, or manage my fantasy football team, my phone gets the job done. Some of my friends are amazed at how quickly I can look up answers to obscure questions like, “What was that movie Val Kilmer made before Top Gun?”

Before I owned a smartphone, I relied on text answering services like ChaCha. They allowed you to text any question for free and then some college student sitting in front of a computer would Google the answer for you. It was a cool idea, but I have no need for it now that I have Android.

KGB is a similar service (you might have seen advertised on TV) which provides text answers to any question for $0.99. This week, they released an application which duplicates their service for Android phones. Now instead of looking up the answer on your own, you can pay someone to find it for $0.99.

My headline might have been a little harsh, because I guess this app could also appeal to lazy Android owners as well. If a user really doesn’t know how to use their phone to search, how can they be expected to download this application and learn to use it?

Features of the KGB Android app include:

  • Get accurate answers to any question
  • See what other people are asking kgb
  • Share with friends (Facebook, email)
  • Store Q&A in your phone; create Favorites
  • One click to get a local relevant map
  • Save numbers in your phonebook
  • See similar questions kgb has answered
  • Cost: $1.99, incl 3 answers (then 99c each)

If you think you are a know-it-all, you can actually apply to become an agent for kgb.

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  • s15274n

    haha, nice read. Okay, so if you really don’t feel like googling your question… d/load app, submit 3 questions, refund app, feel bad for yourself for being lazy and not helping a developer.

  • JasonLee

    Fu*k this lol what a joke. I am just about the laziest man on earth but to pay someone because id rather ask than look myself is just silly. Wow.

  • Who?

    How much did kgb pay you to run this ad/post?

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      are you serious? he’s saying the service is useless.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      $50,000

  • matty

    so… your paying someone sitting at a computer to google something… then text you back on your google based phone… how is this being covered… what a horrible rip off

  • http://www.theg1appsblog.com Jeremiah Hoyet

    I’ll stick with using Google to learn something about my phone :]

  • http://codeshogun.com lordhong

    WTF is KGB? former soviet union secret service???

  • Raghu

    @who? – Obviously you haven’t read the whole post

    Anyway, like everyone chipped in…. this is useless for a GOOGLE phone. I hope no one falls into the trap

  • will

    LoL… I guess the voice search widget plastered on the stock homescreen of any google device just isn’t ‘Cool?’ enough for some folks..

  • http:www.voxdan.com Voxdan

    Unless I’m mistaken, this is merely a ripoff of ChaCha, which has been doing this exact same thing for free for a long time now. Of course, I have not used Cha Cha lately, so maybe things have changed, but I doubt it. When it’s free, it’s a pretty handy service. ChaCha has always been quick and accurate and it is often easier than digging through google results when your at a dinner party wondering who that actor was, or what that song was or who won the Superbowl in 1978, and so on.

  • Jason

    Wow…getting someone to pay me to google something for you on your google phone…MWAHAHAHAHA now I will take over the world!

  • http://Website Rob

    You do have to be an idiot to text KGB in the first place…but on an Android phone, you have to be down right moronic.