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Apple rumored to be hooking up with Nuance for iOS 5

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Apple rumored to be hooking up with Nuance for iOS 5
According to a new report by Tech Crunch, Apple has deepened its partnership with voice recognition firm Nuance to bring such functionality to iOS 5. As a result, Apple will not be using competing software from Microsoft in its bid to catch up to the voice recognition functions available on Android handsets.

Last year, Apple purchased Siri, a company that offers a personal assistant application for smartphones which uses Nuance's system to understand what the user is saying. The report from Tech Crunch says that Apple and Nuance have engaged in months of negotiations, described as "tense". The iPhone manufacturer is trying to get Nuance to allow it to use its patented technology away from Siri's software and on Apple's own hardware. The tech giant aims to "build on top of the technology." Most of the available talent in the field work for Nuance or Google which makes it prohibitive for the gang at Cupertino to build its own in-house system.

So why doesn't Apple buy Nuance and scoop up the patents and the talent? Nuance stock has just made a new 52 week high and currently has a $6 billion market cap. Throw in the premium required to guarantee a hassle-free buyout and you are talking about Steve Jobs spending $10 billion which might seem a waste of money considering how well the two companies are currently sharing the sandbox. Down the road, if Apple's stock starts moving higher and Nuance shares slump, it would probably be a good idea for Apple to make the purchase. After all, being the defendant in a number of patent infringement suits, Apple should know the value of a good patent portfolio.

According to the report, an anonymous tipster claims that Apple was pushed hard by Microsoft as the latter firm tried to get its voice recognition software used in iOS 5. The Redmond based firm was shot down as Apple and Nuance started working together. The voice recognition features on iOS 5 are expected to be introduced the first week of June at Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference in San Francisco.

Apple is said to be already using Nuance software at its new North Carolina data center where iTunes and MobileMe features are supported. This allows faster voice recognition for iOS users and prevents third party servers from accessing the data. As far as Siri goes, there is speculation that Apple might rebrand the service sometime in the future.

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 09 May 2011, 22:59 1

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5609; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


More importantly, iOS v. 4.3.3 (with the ability to disable iTracker) is now available for download from Apple.

posted on 09 May 2011, 23:00 1

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5609; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


P.S.: I wonder how long it will be B4 the spammers hit this thread? :-)

posted on 09 May 2011, 23:26 2

3. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You're here so I'd say they're here

posted on 10 May 2011, 00:11 2

4. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


haha that was pretty funny

posted on 10 May 2011, 00:12 1

5. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


and this seems kinda odd that apple wud actually use someone elses product in their own... well i guess we shall just have to trust them as they seem to be doing better than ever... but i still dont think we shall see a nuance logo anywhere in ios

posted on 10 May 2011, 02:49

6. Pupa (unregistered)


BlackBerry has been using the Nuance engine for many years now...

posted on 10 May 2011, 04:39

8. IOS5 (unregistered)


I think Steve jobs already bought the company!

posted on 10 May 2011, 07:21

9. donlovesatt (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Apr 2011)


I think the voice recognition software Apple uses on ios4 is very good. When making voice calls or BT calls - It Nails It. I would like to see them use this more - like on the Android phones. Every input opportunity has a speaker as an input method as well as keyboard options... I just tried to switch to Android but came back to iphone4 due to bad battery life, call quality, no cut and paste - on Android, and the voice recognition on Android is inferior to Apple iphone - in my opinion.

posted on 10 May 2011, 07:58 3

10. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


no cut-paste?? really? wat were u using Android 1.5? use eclair or froyo or better gingerbread and then tell me if u still think iOS is better

posted on 10 May 2011, 08:00 2

11. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


I switched from the iPhone 4 to the Evo and I'm never coming back. Are you kidding? Call quality sucks on AT&T and I always had to hold the phone "just right" or else the antenna would cut my bars down to ZERO.

I love the Google Voice Actions, IOS4 has nothing on it. And I have no problems using cut/copy and paste on my Evo, what world do you live in?

posted on 10 May 2011, 09:01 1

12. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Why do you take it personal that he likes iPhone better? Get over other peoples phone choices.

posted on 10 May 2011, 10:04 1

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


same goes to you you call it trash and dumb and a waist of time, plus he got it wrong, there is Copy and paste on android long ago, and voice recognition on android its quite outstanding and very useful

posted on 10 May 2011, 11:43

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I don't understand? I call what trash, dumb and waist of time?

posted on 10 May 2011, 11:33

14. SomeGuy (unregistered)


I have an iPhone and sell Android and iPhone.... Androids definitely have copy/paste, better voice recognition (more features), the SAME battery life (you're going to have to charge any smart phone at the end of the day), the call quality is the same... It comes down to a matter of preference for the OS. That's it.

posted on 10 May 2011, 11:37

15. SomeGuy (unregistered)


I really like that Apple is catching up in the voice recognition world. Androids is far more developed and has better features.

Although, if you're some place noisy (bars, concert, listening to music, friends talking in the background, restaurants, school, etc)... Basically, if you are anywhere but in a quiet-ish area it will be frustrating and not worth the time to use. Sometimes its just easier to type it.

posted on 11 May 2011, 00:14 1

17. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


Copycats! :P

posted on 11 May 2011, 12:38 1

20. SomeGuy (unregistered)


You're right. Andoird was the first to have voice recognition software. EVER. :P

posted on 11 May 2011, 06:26

18. Yasshammou (unregistered)


Android has more features than iOS , more options , browsing matches are close , But the big point is Apple has a looooot of apps than android ! Previous Test : iOS 380000 Apps And Android 250000 , not to mention that you can get apps from cydia than you can modify your iPhone to match the android interface and options ' Trust there is more !

posted on 11 May 2011, 06:28

19. Yasshammou (unregistered)


Where The Whooping iOS Can Get Easily To 500000 Apps That's a Half Million Apps ! Albeit , Developers prefer to focus on iOS more than android !

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