Apple and Nuance said to be in negotiations

TechCrunch is reporting that Apple and Nuance have been talking in recent months — most likely about a partnership:

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.

If you’ve worked with contact center applications in the past few years, you’re probably somewhat familiar with speech technology, and no doubt have heard of Nuance. Coming from a contact center background, it’s sort of refreshing to hear and use speech recognition on my smartphone. Google even baked speech reco into its latest Chrome browser (run a cool demo here, Chrome 11 required).

Late last year Apple posted open positions for voice and speech experts, and now six months later there are rumors of a possible acquisition or partnership deal with Nuance, the top speech technology vendor.

Yes, speech technology is making quite a comeback, especially if it’s catching Apple’s eye.


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