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Samsung in talks to buy Nuance, which powers S Voice, Siri, and Dragon

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Samsung in talks to buy Nuance, which powers S Voice, Siri, and Dragon
Speech recognition is big business these days as voice command becomes more and more prevalent with mobile devices, and Nuance is a company that has a long history in the business. Nuance released its first commercial speech application back in 1996 and has gone on to be the company behind Dragon Naturally Speaking, S Voice, and even Siri.

Now, Nuance may be in talks to sell. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nuance has been talking with various private-equity firms as well as Samsung regarding a possible sale. The talks have been happening since earlier this year, but it is unclear where they stand now. It is no surprise to hear Samsung's name in the mix given that Nuance's technology powers S Voice, which is Samsung's answer to Google Now and Siri. It is interesting though that Apple's name hasn't been mentioned in regards to the purchase of Nuance, since the technology is also used to power Siri. If Samsung were to purchase Nuance, it is unclear what would happen to Siri. After dropping $3 billion on Beats, Apple may not want to dip into its reserves again, although its last SEC filing said Apple had almost $160 billion in cash on hand, so it's not like the money wouldn't be there. 

Nuance will likely fetch a pretty high price. The company started the day with a market cap value of around $5.5 billion, but the news of the potential sale caused a spike in its stock price, which has brought its market cap up to almost $6 billion. Samsung has admitted that it needs to bolster its software offerings, and has been spending $12 billion a year on R&D to meet that aim. A quick purchase of Nuance could go a long way to meeting that aim. 

source: WSJ

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posted on 16 Jun 2014, 17:07 6

1. madmikepr (Posts: 112; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


They want the money back!!! At al cost Lol

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 23:22 1

25. techperson211 (Posts: 660; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Maybe it's payback time for Samsung since Siri is under nuance.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 17:30 1

2. AfterShock (Posts: 2807; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I suspect more then a bolster to their arsenal.
Good on them, find a weak spot, insert sharp pointy thing deeply.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 17:43 16

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 11474; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Okay, I gotta admit, it would be hilarious if Samsung bought
Nuance, and didn't allow it power Siri anymore. I don't know how it would play out in court, but that would be funny as heck initially.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 18:01 2

5. Furbal (Posts: 306; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Would be interesting. I could see it happening, they've had dealings for awhile with Swype.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 20:02 1

19. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


I don't really see why anything would head to court unless they decided to break contracts. Assuming they don't, they'd have to keep providing their services, giving Apple time to come up with a new solution, which allegedly they've already been working on.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 05:53 2

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 11474; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yeah that contract part is true, but man just the thought of it tickles me. +1

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 20:39 2

21. cheetah2k (Posts: 820; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


That would be anticompetitive. Samsung would more than likely up the cost of the services like they did for Chip & Screen manufacturing :)

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 18:01 6

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3351; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Instead contribute to Google Now.... I bet no one use S Voice on their Galaxies.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 18:04 6

6. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3563; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


There's probably a lot of pointless features no one uses. That's why Samsung needs to tone down the bloat.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 18:09 7

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 11474; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yeah, Sammy's known for throwing in features. In my note 3, there's still icons I'm the app drawer I haven't even clicked on yet. Pity I can't remove em. I like that apple gives you just enough, and lets the App Store provide the rest.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 18:35 6

8. wilsong17 (Posts: 921; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


the only app you cant disable on the note 3 is samsung store and video hub all other mostly can be disable

or root and freeze the followinghttp://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2772292

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 18:58

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 11474; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I don't jail break, or root my devices. Also I mean actually delete them, to where they're no longer in the OS using storage space.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 19:10 1

13. wilsong17 (Posts: 921; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


if you want to root now is real easy just one clickhttp://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2783780

is the same way to root the verizon gs5

with root you can delete all those bloatware and get a better battery life

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 23:25

26. Ashoaib (Posts: 2116; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Rooting does provide better battery bcoz some load tones down

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 18:49 2

9. joey_sfb (Posts: 2932; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Just disable it and it will disappear from your Apps drawer. I know of people that use S health.

I don't I just use their S Note. Being doing it since Note 2.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 18:58

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 11474; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Oops. In the app drawer.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 19:18 2

15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3351; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


If you use the stock touchwiz launcher, you can hide all the bloat apps. Hit the menu key.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 19:23

16. wilsong17 (Posts: 921; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


exactly that works too

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 19:07 2

12. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3090; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Hopefully Samsung will buy all the fingerprint and retina scanning companies too. Samsung can be king of biometrics and voice input. Maybe Samsung can even buy eBay and rename it to sBay.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 19:13 4

14. wilsong17 (Posts: 921; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


oh poor boy is jealous

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 19:57

17. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3090; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Someone is a little too sensitive. I am hardly jealous of Samsung buying a company that I think makes annoying junk.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 20:02 1

18. wilsong17 (Posts: 921; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


IJUNK?

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 23:02 1

23. joey_sfb (Posts: 2932; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Not really necessary. Just get a license. They did it with flip board when they design the magazine ux.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 20:06

20. techloverNYC (Posts: 404; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Samsung really want to go fight Apple face to face with money? Bad choice, Apple has $100+ billion in cash just laying around.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 22:55 2

22. jroc74 (Posts: 4836; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


? I dont get this comment.

Is Apple thinking about buying Nuance? If not I dont see what your comment means.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 23:04 1

24. techloverNYC (Posts: 404; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


This service is also the provider for Siri, if you read the article. "If Samsung were to purchase Nuance, it is unclear what would happen to Siri. After dropping $3 billion on Beats, Apple may not want to dip into its reserves again, although its last SEC filing said Apple had almost $160 billion in cash on hand, so it's not like the money wouldn't be there. "

If samsung buys this company, what happens to Siri? To stop that Apple can buy this company first. Sir no disrespect but you really need to read the article first before jumping to the comments, makes alot more sense.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 15:54 1

30. TheGenius (Posts: 326; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


You are stupid
Both your comments are senseless
Can you explain again. Properly.?

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 21:00 1

31. jroc74 (Posts: 4836; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


You do realize the writer saying what happens to Siri....is the writer guessing, right? Again, has there been any talk of Apple buying Nuance? If so, I think they can afford to buy and outbid Samsung.

Still dont understand this or the previous comment....

What happened to Skype after MS bought it? It still available on Android. Its still a free app.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 21:06 1

32. jroc74 (Posts: 4836; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


At best Samsung can buy Nuance to get even more money from Apple, they already make millions, maybe billions just for components parts for iDevices alone.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 00:48 1

27. joey_sfb (Posts: 2932; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Just laying around as you said. Bet Apple wants to keep it that way.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 08:11

33. iushnt (Posts: 655; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


As if u know how much cash Samsung holds!!

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 08:22 2

29. jpd514 (Posts: 38; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


Samsung need Nuance because in the Connected World speech recognition is the main asset. They don't even bother of Apple. Apple is a dead horse, just anoying competition, not even an ennemie to Beat.

Samsung is technologically one year in front of Apple (as seen to WWDC), with nuance, they are going to be 2 to 3 years in front. Speech Recognition is the Next Big Thing.

When you talk with a human, there is no screen on his face on wich you can write to answer him, you talk to him. That is the level of technology Samsung want for his Connected Gear. No need of a screen, just Talk.

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