Nuance's Nina to Add Voice-Powered Service to Apps
Nuance Communications today announced Nina, a new voice-based virtual assistant technology that can be added to Android and iOS apps. The purpose behind Nina is to allow developers to provide an on-device customer service "representative" so app owners/users can self service directly on their device. Nina includes speech recognition, text-to-speech, voice biometrics, and natural language understanding technology that is based in the cloud. Device owners having trouble with their app or service can fire up the Nina virtual assistant and speak with the app and back-end support systems over the internet to resolve any performance issues they might be experiencing. Nuance is offering the technology to app developers, and has both a software developer kit and several application programming interfaces ready for developers to use. Nina will first be available in the U.S, U.K., and Australia, and will expand to other markets/languages over time.
Google's Voice Assistant Now Works with Some Chat Apps
Google today extended the voice capabilities of its Google Search app by allowing it to interact with third-party messaging apps. People can now issue commands such as "Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message" to initiate and dictate messages in a handful of popular messaging apps.
Google's Speech-to-Text App Gains New Powers
Google recently updated its Text-to-Speech app for Android devices and gave the tool a handful of new features. The app adds support for Bengali, Danish, English, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, and Mandarin.
Samsung's Bixby Is Far More than A Voice Assistant for the Galaxy S8
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones feature Bixby, a voice-based user interface developed by Samsung. It's more advanced than a simple voice assistant, as it voice-enables every function of an app.
Google Expands Cardboard Availability
Google today made its Cardboard app available to more countries and more languages. Google says the app can be used across 39 languages in more than 100 countries around the world.