According to Nuance, the speech technology company, Apple pushed the voice technology to popularity once with the release of the iPhone 4S and the personal voice assistant Siri. Peter Mahoney, Nuance’s Chief Marketing Officer said that Apple’s Siri was “driving a real, unprecedented renaissance in interest around voice.”
Mr Mahoney claims that also the nowadays frenzy with the voice assistant is due to Siri: “As soon as Siri got out there, every consumer manufacturer says ‘I want one of those’ – a new bar has been set.”
Samsung released the Galaxy S3 with the S-Voice technology, Nokia’s Lumia 900 has a similar service called TellMe, and about 70 apps feature a “personal assistant” to enable users to talk to their phones. Therefore, Nuance counted more than two billion ‘voice interactions’ from mobile phones every year.
Nuance provides voice technology also to Siri and is about to buy Vlingo, the company that developed Samsung’s assistant S-Voice. Nuance anticipates that it will not take long until Siri will be able to achieve remarkable capabilities and to push the voice technology to “full Star Trek-ness.”
Source: The Telegraph