Lexee lets developers incorporate SIRI-like speech control to any app

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by 1 year ago

A company called Angel has recently launched a platform called Lexee, which lets app developers incorporate speech control into just about any application. Currently focusing on the enterprise market, Lexee “goes beyond the usual voice assistant” and actually lets businesses “talk” to their customers through an interactive voice interface.

Nuance’s Nina will provide an off-the-shelf Siri-like speech interface to apps on any platform

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by 1 year ago

Nuance is offering a simpler way for enterprises, businesses, and application developers to feature speech recognition in their apps. Nuance is the same company behind the Dragon Naturally Speaking line of speech-recognition apps for PCs, and the Dragon Go and Dragon Dictation app for smartphones. With Nina, Nuance offers an SDK and a set of APIs that enable companies to build on the technology. Through the Nina platform, app developers can now integrate voice-control into their apps meant for business, such as customer service or banking apps, which also includes biometrics and security. Nina is a cloud-based service that runs off of Nuance’s servers….

Google Now vs Siri – Jelly Bean search defeats once again Apple’s voice assistant [video]

by 2 years ago

One of the Android features Google overhauled in Jelly Bean is the Google Search app. The company redesigned the app to offer, faster results and included an advanced, Siri-like voice recognition-based search software that lets users perform queries by asking them to the phone instead of typing them. Moreover, Google added a special Google Now feature that’s ready to assist with various daily actions and activities, as long as you’re willing to trade off your privacy to use it. Android fans already know that by now and they have probably seen plenty of comparisons between the new Jelly Bean Google…

Google Search vs Siri: Apple’s assistant can’t match the power of Google’s Search

by 2 years ago

One of the main Android 4.1 Jelly Bean highlights is without a doubt the new Google Search, an app that has been completely redesigned to offer Android device users quicker results and an improved overall experience. The new Google Search app now has an advanced voice component and offers a Google Now feature that can be used as a personal assistant when having to deal with various day-to-day activities. Therefore, Jelly Bean has its own voice-assistant, and while it’s not called Majel, as we would have expected it to be named, it definitely does its job. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster decided…

HTC not making voice app for dogs, Scooby says boohoo

by 2 years ago

It’s nice to see that there are still some companies that don’t always take themselves too seriously. There was a mild buzz on the web that HTC was going to unleash its own personal voice assistant a la Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s S Voice. Though it was never explicitly said, the Taiwanese company did throw a bone by posting the picture below on its Twitter account. Ruff-Ruff-Bark-Woof-Ruff. Use this feature to translate that to English. #fridayfun — HTC (@htc) June 22, 2012   Speculations grew quickly about the top secret project as HTC enthusiasts started declaring that it’d be the best…

LG Quick Voice virtual assistant official, to take on S Voice and Siri

by 2 years ago

More and more companies are looking to bring voice recognition support to their devices, especially smartphone and tablet makers, complete with advanced virtual assistant features. Samsung has S Voice, a feature available only on the Galaxy S3 at this time and seen as the company’s response to Apple’s Siri assistant and today LG announced its own similar “intelligent voice recognition” software called Quick Voice. LG’s virtual assistant is apparently scheduled to hit various Android smartphones part of the Optimus family, such as the Optimus Vu and Optimus LTE II, which are getting Quick Voice in June and July, respectively. As…

Introducing Robin, a new speech recognition app aimed at drivers

by 2 years ago

A lot has been said about Apple’s Siri, including some interesting remarks by Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak. There are those who love it and those who, how can we put it, those who aren’t so keen. But everyone agrees that voice control and “talking” to our mobile devices is the future. For Android users, there are a number of different apps available and the new kid on the block is Robin. Designed for drivers, the main functionality of Robin revolves around navigation, traffic, parking and gas (petrol) prices. But its makers, Magnifis, have also added in some knowledge about Twitter, reminders, and even the occasional…

“A lot of people say Siri. I say poo-poo,” says Steve Wozniak (video)

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by 2 years ago

Everybody loves Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, tech wiz, and all around great guy. Well, marketing people at Apple might not love him that much, actually. In spite of his glorious history with Apple and the unconditional love that he has for the company, The Woz has always openly voiced his opinions and he doesn’t shy away for criticizing his “child” when criticism is warranted. Take Siri for example. The voice assistant was the single biggest new feature on the iPhone 4S and a main selling point for Apple’s formidable marketing machine to relentlessly push. Siri is also coming to the…

Apple insider: Steve Jobs would have gone ‘mad’ over Siri’s performance

by 2 years ago

Poor unloved Siri. The voice assistant software with “an attitude” may have helped Apple garner a lot of attention during the iPhone 4S’ launch and made it the talk of the nation, but it’s now suffering some internal backlash. The problem is apparently more serious than reports that surfaced a month ago that said the late Steve Jobs wasn’t a fan of the name – something that took many efforts of convincing from Siri’s then CEO – until Jobs reluctantly accepted it. Now some reports are coming out saying that the performance of Siri would’ve sent Jobs over the edge….

Speech recognition: life before Siri, and what’s to come

by 2 years ago

Though the world is captivated by Siri and her charming ways, old-skoolers know better that she’s not the first virtual assistant to be offering such service. Siri may have brought some personality to the table, alongside her ability to respond to natural language and understand context, albeit in a limited way, but the technology itself is nothing new. In fact, man’s dream to command devices using nothing but voice dates back to the 1950s. Here’s a brief look of how speech recognition technology has come along since the old days and what the future has in store in this fascinating…