Nuance Buys Noterize

Posted by at 12:05 am on June 21, 2011

Back in March, voice software company Nuance bought the source code for an iOS note-taking app called Noterize, but the change wasn’t noticed until recently, when the Noterize app was removed from the iTunes App Store. Nuance says it will re-post the app, but plans on making updates which may portend deep iOS 5 integration.

A Nuance spokesperson claims that the company is only updating the copyright and support information, but removing an app from the App Store is an unusual step for such minor changes. Nuance has said that it wants to combine the technology in Noterize (which was a note-taking, audio-recording, word-processing combination app) and use it in the company’s Document Imaging portfolio over time, which could suggest also using the technology as part of a more integrated approach to voice dictation and command expected in iOS 5. Nuance also recently acquired SVOX, a company known for their voice-activated control systems in vehicles. Together with Apple’s recent acquisition of voice-command app Siri, the two companies now control a wide array of voice technology that is ready to be integrated into iOS 5 or beyond.

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