Now we're talking. Two of the world's biggest names in voice recognition
have managed to recognize that a merger needed to happen, or, at least
that's what ended up happening after they chat-chatted for some time.
Nuance Communications, Inc. announced it 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. Both Nuance and Vlingo
see an unprecedented appetite for intelligent devices that understand
the spoken word and deliver outcomes for consumers and professionals.
"Inspired by the introduction of services such as Apple's Siri and our
own Dragon Go!, virtually every mobile and consumer electronics company
on the planet is looking for ways to integrate natural, conversational
voice interactions into their mobile products, applications, and
services, " said Mike Thompson, Senior Vice President and General
Manager, Nuance Mobile. "By acquiring Vlingo, we are able to accelerate
the pace of innovation to meet this demand."
"Vlingo and Nuance have long shared a similar vision for the power and
global proliferation of mobile voice and language understanding. As a
result of our complementary research and development efforts, our
companies are stronger together than alone. Our combined resources
afford us the opportunity to better compete, and offer a powerful
proposition to customers, partners and developers," said Dave Grannan,
By harnessing the combined expertise in voice, language and
multilingual capabilities, Nuance will be able to take advantage of the
adoption of intelligent mobile assistants, where consumers, businesses,
doctors and patients can engage in more human, natural interactions with
devices and systems all over the world.
As we've seen with SYNC in-car infotainment systems and Siri (just to
name a handful), there's serious demand for serious voice recognition
systems. Unfortunately, most of them are lackluster. With this
combination, though, we may be headed for something good -- here's