Nuance to acquire Vlingo
Combination to accelerate Nuance Innovation; $5 Billion Market Opportunity demands powerful Voice Assistant and Natural Language Understanding Solutions for Phones, Tablets, Cars, TVs and PCs.
Nuance Communications, Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Vlingo, Inc. Fueled by unprecedented demand for intelligent voice interfaces that combine voice, language understanding and semantic processing, Nuance and Vlingo will combine their deep innovation and R&D expertise to deliver next-generation natural language interfaces across numerous markets and industries.
Consumer interest and demand for virtual assistant and voice-enabled capabilities have exploded in recent months, creating a $5 billion market opportunity that spans phones, tablets, cars, televisions, navigation devices, music players, PCs and more.
Google Working on Siri
Once the ooing and ahhing about the Siri intelligent virtual assistant subsided a bit when the application appeared on Apple’s iPhone 4S in October, the tech press conjured questions concerning potential Siri competitors. Now comes evidence from the blog Android and Me that Google’s answer to Siri is a natural language processing enhancement to its Voice Actions application that is code-named “Majel”.
Google gets Alfred through Clever Sense, but it is certainly no Siri
Google’s Android has been losing high-end business to Apple because of the popularity of Siri. Google is taking first steps to battle Siri with Alfred. Google has acquired Clever Sense, the maker of Alfred.