2015 smartphones will understand your voice commands from up to five meters while not interrupting media playback

2015 smartphones will understand your voice commands from up to five meters while not interrupting media playback
We haven't gotten to work on our list of 2015 predictions yet, but Audience's new smartphone voice processing chips - the eS804 and eS853 - are giving us a heads tart. Thanks to the innovative chips, and presumably, terrific microphones, smartphones from the second half of the year will be able to hear voice commands from a distance of up to five meters from users, as well as recognize their voices during media playback without interruption. If you sharpen your ears, you can faintly hear us shriek in delight.

They will also have a fancy new feature called Voice Compass, which recognizes the position of the speaker relative to the device to improve speakerphone usage. Imagine all the interactive games that can be born out of that concept alone. In addition Audience, whose technology can be found in the latest Samsung and LG smartphones, has refined its VoiceQ technology, which will improve the accuracy of user-trained keywords that can be set to wake up a device and other functionality. 

There are new noise suppression algorithms at play too, promising "clear calls in challenging environments", along with a new Smart Audio Codec, which makes all audio encoding and decoding activity happen on a single chip.

Audience will be sampling its silicon to vendors in the first quarter of 2015.

source: PC Magazine

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18 Comments

1. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Imagine youre in the climax of a great movie and your brother behind you 5 meters away commanded your phone to shut down. Lol.

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

You start it right up again. Problem solved. No big deal.

3. varuntis1993

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

well do you know about voice recognition? That article also has info about voiceQ tech.

8. bored_guy147

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 11, 2014

But you own an iPhone, which will never get this technology until 2020

13. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Already have it. "Hey Siri" works great when plugged in. Apple doesn't like leaving your mic on ALL day to drain your battery. Also a pretty big privacy concern since Google makes all of its money with your data. Giving them access to everything you say gives them the right to store that info, for it to be called on later, for them to make money; or for the government to access. FYI.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think that Apple has bigger privacy concerns than Google, especially after this past year, There were thousands of users in Australia who had their Apple accounts hacked and held for ransom. Then there was the iCloud celebrity photo scandal. Not only were several thousand photos hacked, but it turns out that Apple was aware of this problem for half a year before it actually occurred, and they did nothing to fix the issue. Google is very clear on how they make money and they are anything but alone in the targeted marketing business. Frankly if I have to live in a world of advertisements then I would rather the adds be relevant to my interests. Hell, Google Now informs me on shows or movie listings/times that I like, news that I'm interested in, and is a million times a better personal assistant than Siri because it's actually smart enough to know who you are.

18. nomancool unregistered

icloud , fappening . #coveryourboobs

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This is is going to make phones much more attractive to Google and intelligence agencies. They can listen to specific people even through music or other ambient sound. The paranoid should get phones with removable batteries :)

5. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Lol the processing chips will probably have their own power supply. Put on your tin foil hat before it's too late!

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Actually, the phone needs the tin foil hat, not me :)

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They can already turn on your mic unnoticed (even on older handsets before the smartphone era) and use advanced software to filter out ambient sounds... I do hope the recognition is getting better, sometimes my phone will start Google search as if I said OK Google, when it was just laying on my desk and I haven't said anything close to OK Google lol.

12. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

The paranoid should avoid Google altogether. They exist to poach and sell your location and search data.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The paranoid should stay in a mancave with no connections at all

9. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

"heads tart" sweet sweet heads tart. Proofreading is for nerds anyways, who cares. .

10. KaiTech

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I'm more interested in hearing more about that "heads tart" ;)

11. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Always on voice activation = Mic always on = Large battery drain.

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Nope, not true at all. Just use the specially designed low power core (like the Moto X uses) to listen for the passphrase and it wont use a lot of battery at all.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Then explain how the Moto X has better battery life than the iPhone?

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