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Wintermute to take on Siri and Google Now

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by on January 10, 2013 8:54 am
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Nuance has unveiled its new project which it hopes will become a challenger to Siri and Google Now. The project, which is codenamed Wintermute – after the AI in William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer, is a cross-platform, cloud-based virtual assistant.

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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.

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