Nuance Buys Rival Vlingo

Posted by at 2:41 pm on December 21, 2011

Nuance shook up the smartphone field Tuesday by acquiring Vlingo. The deal gives it a natural language voice command system available both after the fact and preloaded on phones like the iPhone 4S, which itself uses Nuance as part of its recognition.

“Inspired by the introduction of services such as Appleā€™s Siri and our own Dragon Go!, virtually every mobile and consumer electronics company on the planet is looking for ways to integrate natural, conversational voice interactions into their mobile products, applications, and services,” Senior VP Mike Thompson said.

Terms of the deal weren’t given out, although the absence of a cost in the US is usually an indication the purchase price was low enough that the buyer wasn’t legally required to share the numbers in public.

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