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Mobile Speech Recognition Gains Steam via Cloud

An effective strategy to bestow speech recognition capabilities

Mobile speech recognition technology providers such as Nuance, AT&T, and iSpeech are getting a facelift as they are venturing on a mission to arm mobile application developers with their APIs and developer programs. ABI Research has identified cloud based solutions as the effective strategy to bestow speech recognition capabilities on the whole gamut of OS and hardware platforms available in the market today.

There is an increasing preference to endorse cloud as delivery platform of choice as opposed to more traditional delivery methods. Earlier, Cloud Based Solutions for Mobile Speech Recognition was offered to consumers in the shape of a link between the platform vendors and the device OEMs. Often, virtual assistant applications developed by the platform vendors were offered to the consumers. It was almost impossible to enjoy the benefits of speech recognition owing to lack of expertise and resources especially for the smaller application developers. The technology thereby got trapped in the functionally related applications and apps development efforts were tied to isolated segments leading to a smaller reach in terms of both usage and development.

Cloud Based Solutions for Mobile Speech Recognition technology is enjoying a great come-back due to major giants like Google and Apple jumping into the field. Many audio recognition systems use cloud technology to record and pre-process speech on the phone. Then the message is forwarded to the the supplier’s cloud and the results are displayed on the consumers’ mobile device. Today, it is possible for most Smartphone users to download a voice recognition and processing application that can do specific things such as search or navigation. Recently, Google has added cloud based speech recognition technology on Android phones, that offers an added service to the consumers to record the voice and produce a speech model. The company has added voice search option in its latest chrome browser. Siri also relies heavily on cloud based processing to absorb the user’s information to generate a genuine reply and to respond to the voice input.

Platform vendors are making efforts to enable application developers with speech recognition capabilities. Companies like iSpeech and AT&T are exposing their developer programs and APIs to penetrate the vast market of mobile applications. Certainly, they can achieve this target by utilizing cloud based technology. With cloud, any application developer can customize the platform making things more dynamic by breathing fresh life into the technology. The apps will help to control your PC with your voice, convert speech to text, support multiple languages, offer different speaker voices for the consumers to make choose and integrate into each and every part of the mobile device.

ABI Research predicts that revenue from speech recognition could to grow 68-percent by 2017. The firm further expects that consumers will first see the benefits of these applications in mobile banking and retail applications.

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Lavenya Dilip was responsible for Marketing at Green Rack Systems.