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

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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33 Comments

1. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

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

25. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31315; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

5. Furbal unregistered

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

19. stealthd unregistered

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.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31315; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

21. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31315; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

8. wilsong17 unregistered

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

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31315; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

13. wilsong17 unregistered

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

26. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Rooting does provide better battery bcoz some load tones down

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31315; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Oops. In the app drawer.

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

16. wilsong17 unregistered

exactly that works too

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

14. wilsong17 unregistered

oh poor boy is jealous

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

18. wilsong17 unregistered

IJUNK?

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

20. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

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

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

24. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 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.

30. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

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

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

32. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

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