Loquendo’s mobile TTS and ASR offering now complete

With mobile devices becoming more powerful every day, they are destined to get some serious speech applications. Just do a search for iPhone speech applications. Turin, Italy based Loquendo couldn’t have released its mobile TTS and ASR platform at a better time.

And the company means business in the mobile market, too. Support for iPhone? Check. Support for Android? Check. Support for Maemo (open sourced from Nokia)? Whatever that is, check. Support for Moblin (Intel backed mobile OS)? Yep, check. Support for Android (Google open source, as we all know)? Check! With the exception of the iPhone, the rest are all open source Linux-based operating systems so understandably Loquendo could easily come out with its product to support all of them. (The iPhone OS is based on Mac OS X, and although not open source it still has some Unix lineage.)

I look forward to the day when my mobile phone can serve as an IVR…

Official press release:

Loquendo, leading speech technology provider worldwide, announces that Loquendo Embedded Technologies – ASR and TTS – are now available for OEMs and developers of multimedia applications on the Android, Maemo and Moblin software platforms.

Android is the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. Maemo is a software platform mostly based on open source code. Moblin is an open source operating system optimized for the next generation of mobile devices.

Android is available under a developer-friendly open-source license, which gives mobile operators and device manufacturers the freedom and flexibility to design innovative and exciting products. Recent arrivals to the market include Motorola’s Droid, HTC’s Nexus One, and the soon to be released Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

According to IDC, shipments of handsets with the Android OS will reach 68m units by 2013, second only to Symbian. Gartner also forecasts that Android, by 2012, will rank second behind the Symbian OS.

Loquendo TTS and ASR seamlessly integrate with the Android platform, offering Java-level interfaces to developers.

Moreover, Loquendo TTS has been integrated into the Text-To-Speech Extended framework: this interface, once installed, makes Loquendo synthetic speech available to any Android app, allowing Android phone users to immediately upgrade to high quality TTS.

On Android, the TTS interface is very simple at the API level, and all functionalities are controlled through Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) tags. By offering a fully-fledged SSML implementation, Loquendo gives application developers full control over its TTS features.

The Maemo platform is built on large parts of open source components, and was developed by Nokia in collaboration with many open source projects such as the Linux kernel, Debian, GNOME, and many more. The Maemo SDK provides an open development environment for applications on top of the Maemo platform. Maemo is based on the Linux operating system kernel – able to support a wide range of different kinds of devices from wrist watches to large server systems, making it ideally placed for the MID (Mobile Internet Devices) and netbook as well as smartphone markets.

With the availability of Loquendo technologies, Maemo developers will be able to unleash the potential of speech in developing voice-enabled apps.

The Moblin platform, short for ‘mobile Linux’, is built around the Intel Atom processor and is an open source operating system for MIDs, netbooks, nettops and embedded devices. The concept behind the Moblin project is to create an operating system specifically designed for netbooks and MID devices by minimizing both boot times and power consumption. The central piece of the Moblin architecture is a hardware and usage-model independent layer providing a single, uniform way of developing such devices. Moblin is based on the Linux kernel.

Early this month, Intel and Nokia announced the merging of Moblin and Maemo into the MeeGo mobile software platform, for which Loquendo will also offer full support.

Loquendo Embedded TTS and ASR are the ideal choice for speech-enabling mobile apps and services, including voice-enabled phones, navigation applications, MIDs, ebook readers, assistive devices, etc.

Loquendo TTS is natural, fluent and highly expressive synthetic speech, while Loquendo ASR is fast, accurate speech recognition even on large-vocabulary, natural-language speech. Both are high-performing, high quality technologies, however compact the device.

Whether on device side or server side, Loquendo offers the same extensive choice of languages and voices, regardless of the architectural solution, enabling service providers to guarantee a seamless service even in mixed environments – where voice content generation is shared across device and network.

Loquendo Embedded Technologies leverage Loquendo TTS mixed language capability, support the TeleAtlas® and Navteq™ SAMPA phonetic alphabets, and are available for all major embedded operating systems: Android, Maemo, Moblin, Linux, iPhone, Symbian OS™ S60, Windows Mobile 5 & 6 (all editions), CE 5 & 6, Windows XP Embedded and Tablet PC ed., VxWorks and QNX.

For more information, or for help and support with your application ideas, please contact Loquendo at: embedded@loquendo.com.

About Loquendo – Vocal Technology and Services
Awarded Speech Industry ‘Market Leader’ for the past three consecutive years, Loquendo provides a complete range of speech technologies for server, embedded and desktop solutions – in 28 languages with 68 voices, and constantly growing – helping businesses deliver a next-generation client experience while saving them millions each year.

Loquendo Embedded Technologies are innovative, easy-to-integrate solutions deployed in more than 10 million mobile and on-board navigation systems globally, as well as powering PDAs, assistive devices, virtual Web-assistants and other embedded solutions around the world.

Loquendo TTS, Loquendo ASR, and Loquendo Speaker Identification and Verification are high-quality, high-performance technologies, also available on the Loquendo MRCP Server and VoiceXML and CCXML platform.

Loquendo is a Telecom Italia company headquartered in Turin, Italy, with offices in the US, Spain, Germany and France, and a global network of partners.

For more info, and to hear Loquendo TTS for yourself, go to www.loquendo.com.


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