Smart calendar Tempo launches in Australia and New Zealand

The iOS calendar app makes its first foray outside of North America and aims to be in even more countries by the end of this year.

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Tempo, the iOS calendar that wants to double as a digital assistant, has launched in Australia and New Zealand, the company announced Tuesday.

The move is part of Tempo's plans for global expansion, something the company said it's doing slowly to ensure the app is accurately programed with local details in mind. That means Tempo has had to learn the nuances of language in its new countries, like postal codes and common nicknames for places. CEO Raj Singh said Tempo will be in more countries by the end of this year. It is available in the U.S. and in Canada, but this marks its first steps outside of North America.

"From day one, we've been on a mission to help people get more done with less hassle by building a smart calendar that works like an assistant," Singh said Tuesday in a press release. "Today's expansion to Australia and New Zealand's over 4 million iPhone users is a huge step towards bringing the power of AI to more people. We are determined to move very quickly and bring Tempo Smart Calendar to more App Store geos by the end of 2013."

In addition to storing appointments, Tempo, developed by the same group behind Apple's Siri technology, makes one-tap conference calls, sends text messages on your behalf when you are running late, and checks your flight status. The app has processed more than one billion documents and emails, and over 100,000 unique conference call dial-in formats (that's the number of ways you can dial a number and access code).

According to Tempo, which created a stir at launch in February, one in five users now use it as their default calendar, and on average, users open the app five times a day. The company said the app will improve as it collects more data from customers.