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Amazon acquires Yap – possible move to compete with Siri

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Amazon acquires Yap – possible move to compete with Siri
An SEC filing surfaced today that reveals a merger took place back in September between voice recognition startup, Yap, and a company called “Dion Acquisition Sub.” Interestingly, Dion Acquisition Sub’s headquarters is listed as 410 Terry Avenue in Seattle Washington. That address belongs to an Amazon.com building. Neither company has made any public statements regarding a merger.

Yap was founded in 2006. Just two years later it was able to raise $6.5 million in a Series A round of R&D funding. Yap has been in control of a variety of speech-recognition intellectual properties as well as running a voicemail-to-text service for consumers. Currently Yap’s website, yapme.com, only contains a notice that informers customers that Yap Voicemail will be discontinued on October 20, 2011 and instructions on how to restore their phone’s original voicemail.

As we reported earlier today, data suggests that the Amazon Kindle Fire may be more sought after now than the iPad before launch. While it is not considered a direct competitor, the two devices do have competing features. Based on the success of Siri on iOS devices, it makes sense that Amazon would look to acquire a voice recognition company to offer a Siri-esque feature in its future devices. Of course, that is only speculation and we hope to hear an official word with more details on the merger soon.

source: SEC filing [PDF] via The Atlantic

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posted on 09 Nov 2011, 18:27 3

1. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


To be clear -- Siri has wit or can be witty and that is part of Siri's draw.

Text to speech or speech recognition is NOT the same thing as AI that produces wit.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 19:34 3

2. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I agree.

I dont understand why they are trying to compete with "siri". Last I checked, siri is on the vast minority of phones.. To have a text to speech option that isnt google's, sure, but its not competing with "siri". I didnt know the majority of people cared so much about voice recognition that they are going to pick one OS or another to answer the eternal question about voice recognition "sarchasm or not to sarchasm".... oh.. wait...

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 19:48 1

4. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I've tried all the android apps available over the time very similar to siri and while the novelty is fun for about ten mins it then wares off quite fast. Apple fans will no doubt keep interest and still chuckle away for days and days asking siri the same silly questions about their anatomy over and over and over again in public

More interesting is that most of the android siri style apps can be used with svox voice app which gives dramatically better voice quality replies than the kinda robotic siri and sounds with svox it sounds very very life like.

Funny enough here is a clip of 'siri' style app which has been on android for quite some time now competing against siri. The app isn't using the high quality svox voice mind you but it gives one of many possible android comparisons

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPdZgt2O2ks

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 19:40 1

3. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Good to see more of these apps appearing on Android. Its funny to see apple clinging to siri as the one selling point of the iphone 4s when very similar apps have been available on other platforms for nearly a year now and many more appearing like this now. All this pr advertising with siri in the ads when it doesn't work half the time in the countries its meant to work in and most others won't get it "sometime down along the line".

All this at the mean time to cover tat the facts that the iphone 4s has battery bugs problems,speaker problems,yellow tinted screens problems and seeing as it is the exact same phone as last years iphone also has very serious call hanging or dropping problems which are now rising to piblic knowledge by now as seen here:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3404857?start=0&tstart=0

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3404857?start=300&tstart=0

http://www.facebook.com/iPhone4SOutgoingCallNoAudio?sk=wall

http://www.christianpost.com/news/iphone-4s-bug-silencing-outgoing-calls-draining-devices-battery-life-60682/

http://www.iphonestuffs4u.com/ios-5-bugs-problems-and-issues-on-iphone-4-and-4s/.

The shop I work in has have several iphone 4s returns complain of the calls hanging,not dropping completely but having large periods os silence on calls where nothing can be heard but the call fails to drop

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