Google buys natural language startup Wavii, Apple loses out

Google buys natural language startup Wavii, Apple loses out
Google has been working hard to improve its natural language technology recently. First, we heard about the neural network (Google brain) that is being used, then Google hired Ray Kurzweil. Now, Google has agreed to purchase natural language startup Wavii, and the company outbid Apple to do it.

According to TechCrunch, Google has agreed to purchase Wavii for "more than $30 million", but the exact number isn't known. The price got that high because apparently Google and Apple were in a bidding war for the startup. Apple had obviously wanted the company in order to improve Siri, but Google won out on this one. 

Wavii technology could become a part of Google Now and Android's voice commands, but the 25-person team is planned to join Google's Knowledge Graph division to work on semantic search and beefing up the sidebar results, which eventually become Google Now cards. The deal hasn't been officially announced, so there's no word on what will happen to Wavii's iOS app.

source: TechCrunch

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11 Comments

1. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Well done Google, show them who's boss!!!

10. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Apple need not to innovate: their sales are mostly outdated iPhones 4s and old iPads, so their customers are simply dumb to pay such a high price for the outdated devices so for Apple is very easy to do a business

2. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Damn, Google's speech recognition is already superior to apple's (and this coming from someone who has an iPhone 4s and a Moto Droid RAZR) With this it'll get BETTER? Google will be unstoppable!

3. Aeires unregistered

So the richest company on the planet was outbid by their competition? Never thought I'd see the day.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple is the modern day Scrooge McDuck. So no surprises for me.

13. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

More like Flintheart Glumgold than McDuck.

12. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Samsung has more money than Apple........

5. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Why innovate when you can buy? Add it to this LONG list. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Google

9. tedkord

Posts: 17457; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple was also trying to buy this, to beef up the prior purchase, Siri. What was that about purchasing instead if innovating?

11. Aeires unregistered

Yeah, because Google never innovates anything. /s

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