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Nuance acquires Vlingo to boost mobile voice products

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Nuance acquires Vlingo to boost mobile voice products
Nuance has decided to purchase a competitor that it once sued: Vlingo. As you would expect when first reading this story, the tech media has all jumped on the Siri buzzword once again, because apparently Nuance isn't allowed to be a company separate from Siri anymore. Of course, the truth is that while Siri's speech recognition is powered by Nuance, the company is not owned by Apple, and Nuance has quite a few other voice-powered apps, which are not related to Siri. 

The Senior VP and General Manager of Nuance Mobile, Mike Thompson, said that there is a $5 billion opportunity for voice powered software, and with the introduction of Siri and Dragon Go!, Nuance has realized that "virtually every mobile and consumer electronics company on the planet is looking for ways to integrate natural, conversational voice interactions into their mobile products, applications, and services." To that end, Nuance had agreed to purchase Vlingo in an effort to accelerate its "pace of innovation" in speech recognition and voice powered products. 

While it is likely that technology acquired through Vlingo by Nuance in this purchase will find its way into Siri, there is also a very good likelihood that it will be used to bolster Nuance's proprietary software like Dragon Go! on the iPhone, FlexT9 on Android, Dragon for Email on BlackBerry, as well as integrated navigation and in-car systems and healthcare products that Nuance powers. 

The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. 

source: BGR

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posted on 20 Dec 2011, 13:57 2

1. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It's all coming together, I call Skynet in 15yrs.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 14:09 2

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


so SIRI is not owned by apple ? i am wondering how would apple react to this as Nuance would probably try to sell its services to other companies as well. sounds interesting.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 14:29 2

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2657; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Siri is owned by Apple, Nuance and the speech recognition software from Nuance are not. Sorry, bad phrasing in the article. Fixed.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 16:30 2

7. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


thanx.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 14:24 2

3. Sniggly (Posts: 6769; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The troubling thing here is that Vlingo is largely on Android phones like mine. I'm going to watch this development carefully.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 14:30 3

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2657; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Nuance's FlexT9 is on Android and has not been effected by Siri, so I'd hope Vlingo wouldn't suddenly disappear from Android.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 14:47 3

6. jcrally17 (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Vlingo powers the Voice Command functions on my SII, so this better turn out to be a way for Nuance to expand their partnership(s) without Apple bi!ching...

posted on 21 Dec 2011, 01:02

8. bigboss (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


What about vlingo on my symbian s60v3?

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