It’s an open secret that Nuance powers the speech-recognition capabilities of Apple’s Siri personal assistant, whose capabilities will increase this autumn with the iOS 6 update allowing it to answer questions about sports scores, movies and restaurants, as well as opening hard-to-find apps with a voice command.
But Apple has not allowed third-party developers to integrate Siri into their apps yet, something that Nuance is offering from today with its Siri soundalike, Nina, for iOS and Android devices. Read more
Nuance, as its name suggests, is a voice recognition company that is getting ever better at learning and processing the nuances of everyday speech.
I was impressed with the accuracy of its popular and free Dragon Dictation app in turning to text my spoken words, but its new app Dragon Go, launched on Thursday, goes a step further in understanding our search intentions. Read more
Software that automatically transcribes speech it hears still seems to have a long way to go judging by the inaccuracy of voicemail transcriptions on Google Voice and similar services.
But it can be a different story and a better read if the software is trained to know your voice, as in the new version of Nuance’s Dragon NaturallySpeaking, reviewed in the latest Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section Read more