Oct 07 AT 5:47 PM Anthony Domanico 11 Comments

Wolfram Alpha brings computational knowledge engine to Android platform

The Wolfram Alpha team has released an official Android application for their popular “computational knowledge engine” into the market for $1.99.

For those unfamiliar with Wolfram Alpha, it is a program that calculates answers to complex scientific and mathematical problems in an instant. Simply type in a mathematical problem, chemical equation, or food item into the search bar, and Wolfram alpha will solve the math problem, balance the chemical equation, and provide detailed nutritional information for the selected food. And that’s just a sampling of what Wolfram Alpha can do. Basically, any question you can think of, Wolfram Alpha will likely be able  to quickly and correctly find the answer for you. It’s every high school and college student’s dream.

The Wolfram Alpha Android application brings the power and sophistication of the Wolfram Alpha website to the Android platform for users on the go. Though Android users have been able to access Wolfram Alpha’s mobile website since day 1, the application offers three main advantages that the mobile site just doesn’t allow.  First, Wolfram Alpha comes with an extended keyboard that contains every scientific and mathematical symbol you have likely ever come across (and many you haven’t), which makes solving problems much easier. Second, the Android app allows you to share information with users of your social networks of choice. And finally, Wolfram Alpha optimizes the images and graphs that come up on your screen much better than the mobile web version can do.

All in all, the Wolfram Alpha application does as well as you would expect from their top-notch reputation, and provides the information in a meaningful way to the end user. For more information on the Wolfram Alpha app and what it can do, head on over to Wolfram Alpha’s blog.


  • Ability to solve complex problems in an instant.
  • Extended keyboard with Greek mathematical and scientific symbols is awesome.
  • Optimized for mobile viewing.
  • Easily share what you’re doing with your favorite social networks.


  • $1.99 might be a little steep for a limited improvement over the mobile site.
  • Some users reporting FCs, especially on the Motorola Droid series.

Final Verdict

Wolfram Alpha brings answers to both simple and complex questions right to your fingertips with it’s Android application. I think having a computational powerhouse ready whenever you need it is a steal at $2. If you’re as curious about the world around you as I am, I highly encourage you to head over to the market and purchase Wolfram Alpha.

Wolfram Alpha is now available for $1.99 for Android 1.6+ devices.


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Source: Wolfram Alpha Blog

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  • http://Website sherifffruitfly

    Wolfram wants to charge me for an app-wrapper over their website???? BWAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAAHA!!!!!

    Hey Wolfram – go eff yourself.

    • http://Website Hans

      Stop being so cheap. I find the pros to outweigh the cons. $2 isn’t even that much.

  • http://Website Tito!

    I’m a fan of HandyCalc. So, no thank you. :)

    • http://flavors.me/davidmnoriega David

      Handycalc is nice but it cant do calculus like this can. Also the advantage of Wolfram Alpha is not that is a big calculator, its that is has access to data sets of all sorts.

  • http://Website Tito!

    So you photoshopped the preview on a G2. Nice choice, my man! (:

  • http://Website kapsidi

    If I was able to buy apps from Greece I would probably buy this app!

  • http://Website t-dawg

    Does that mean it can’t calculate anything if not connected to the net?

    • http://flavors.me/davidmnoriega David

      Yes you have to be connected as the computations do not run on the phone, they run on their own cluster that runs Wolfram Alpha

  • http://droidandroidgames.com/ AndroidGames

    For people who complain about the price – it once was 50$ on the iphone, and some people paid for it.
    It is all down to if you are going to use wolfram often, if you don’t do that, then you don’t need this app, since you can always use their website.

  • http://Website Brian Douglas Hayes

    WolframAlpha is far more than just a calculator. It’s pretty much replaced Wikipedia as a reference app on my iPhone. Try “play 500Hz sawtooth” and it will generate both audible and visual waveforms. Or “population of Montreal” for a current and historical breakdown of the people count in Quebec’s biggest city. It’s a good addition to Android Market, well worth the $2. I’d buy it… if/when T-Mobile offers a decent sans-QWERTY Android phone…

  • http://Website nayef

    i can use it from the browser
    why isn’t free?