Nuance Announces Voice Control for Mass Market Phones
Today Nuance Communications announced its NVC 2.0 product, which will allow users of most mass market feature phones to control their devices with their voice. NVC 2.0, which is for network operators and handset makers to enable, can recognize speech on both the handset and through the network. Carriers and phone makers will be able to voice-enable many different features and actions on the end devices. Some of the possibilities include voice-activated dialing, free-form web search, text message dictation, navigation, social media applications and more. The software is available to network operators and handset makers starting today.
RingPlus To Offer Free Phone Service
RingPlus today announced a new mobile phone service plan that is ad-supported, but completely free to the customer. The ads take the form of ringback tones, which RingPlus customers hear on outbound voice calls, after dialing but before the other party picks up.
Google Threads Voice Commands Deeper Into Google Maps
People can now use their voice to take full command of Google Maps when in the car. Google updated Maps today and added more support for "Ok, Google"-based voice commands.
Google Assistant Lets Device Makers Create Custom Actions
Google today introduced new Custom Device Actions for Google Assistant that will give devices native functionality specific to their hardware. Custom Device Actions build on the Assistant's existing Actions tool for issuing specific commands.
Voice Typing in Google Search, GBoard for Android Gains 30 New Languages
Google today updated its Google Search and GBoard applications for Android devices and expanded the number of languages supported in voice typing by 30. Google said it worked with native speakers of these languages from around the world to build the needed speech sample data.