Apple Negotiating With Nuance To Use Its Speech Recognition Technology In iOS 5

News | Saturday May 7 2011 4:48 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , ,

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. Apple had acquired Siri last year, a startup that had launched a
, which was quite popular on the
TechCrunch reports that Apple is in talks with Nuance Communications, whose speech recognition technology is used in Siri’s
Apple has been negotiating a deal with Nuance in recent months, we’ve heard from multiple sources. What does that mean? Well, it could mean an acquisition, but that is looking fairly unlikely at this point, we hear. More likely, it means a partnership that will be vital to both companies and could shape the future of iOS.
According to TechCrunch, Apple is not likely to buy the company as it is currently valued at $6 billion, which is very expensive. MG Siegler of TechCrunch speculates:
So maybe instead they do an expansive licensing deal now and perhaps quietly work on their own stuff in the background — sort of like what they did with Skyhook/Google for location services.
Apple co-founder, Wozniak believes that nailing speech recognition technology is going to be very important in the future.
To checkout Nuance’s speech recognition technology, try their Dragon Dictation (
) iPhone apps that are available for free in the App Store.
We’re excited about the possibility of Siri’s artificial intelligence and assistance technology with Nuance’s speech recognition technology deeply integrated in iOS 5. What about you?

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