Nuance Communications has signed an agreement to acquire virtual assistant service Vlingo. The current Vlingo Virtual Assistant mobile app can understand the user’s intent and will take the appropriate action when given a spoken command.
Nuance is well-known for its voice control products, including Dragon speech recognition software for desktop computers. It’s also responsible for T9 text input on mobile devices and agreed to acquire the Swype mobile keyboard app earlier this year.
Mike Thompson, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Nuance Mobile, said “Inspired by the introduction of services such as Apple’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. By acquiring Vlingo, we are able to accelerate the pace of innovation to meet this demand.”