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Wolfram Alpha app comes to Android devices

Wolfram Alpha is now available on Android-based devices. The app allows users to have the same site functionality on Android devices running OS version 1.6 or higher.

Wolfram Alpha is now available on Android-based devices, the company said today.

Dubbed the Wolfram Alpha App for Android, the program offers the same computational functionality available on the service's Web site. According to Wolfram Alpha, its computational engine features "over 10 trillion data elements" and "tens of thousands" of computational models.

The app allows for text or voice input. The company said that people can search for data in a slew of fields including math, science, engineering, and sports. The app is available only to devices running Android OS 1.6 or higher. It costs $1.99.

Wolfram Alpha's decision to charge a low price for its app stands in stark contrast to its pricing decision last year when it started offering the program in Apple's App Store for $49.99. The company said at the time that the price was right because it was "less than half the price of a graphing calculator." After poor sales, Wolfram Alpha reduced the price of its iPhone app to $1.99. The company also offered those who paid the larger price a refund upon request.

Wolfram Alpha App for Android is available in the Android Market.