Apple Hiring Engineers To Bring Google Voice Search-like Functionality To iPhone

News | Wednesday December 15 2010 11:11 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

to iOS. The company has posted a number of new job openings that hint at such a possibility.
The job postings are for the positions of an iOS Speech Application Engineer, Speech Recognition Engineers and a Senior Speech Research Scientist.
In the job posting, Apple notes that the hired engineers will work with the iOS Application Frameworks team ”
“. The position requires candidates to have ”
” with popular voice recognition software like Nuance Recognizer, IBM WebSphere Voice, Google Voice Search.
This is interesting primarily because there are already speculations that Apple may have acquired Nuance Communications, the developer of the popular
. Last month Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had hinted at such a possibility. While that statement was soon played down, it is however worth noting that Apple had earlier acquired Siri –
that is based on Nuance’s voice recognition technology. It is hence quite likely that Apple may now be seeking engineers to work on the acquired technology that could then be incorporated on the iOS platform.
A native solution on the likes of Siri will make a lot of sense as it integrates the iPhone ‘s intuitive UI with a voice technology that will enhance the utility of the iPhone . Also, with Google likely to take great strides forward on the speech-recognition front on the Android, this area of technology becomes extremely important for Apple to work on in the upcoming versions of iOS. Apple is already in the process of getting a number of
.
What do you think? Would you like a native Siri-like application on the iPhone ? Tell us what you think in the comments.

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