Apple's is accelerating efforts to integrate its iOS software and services into in-car infotainment systems.
Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Intel Capital and Telefónica Digital are investing in Expect Labs, the San Francisco startup behind intelligent digital assistant technology that processes conversations in real time and shares related information. Funding details were not disclosed.
Google is expanding its Now personal assistant service to rival Apple's iOS mobile operating system, where it will compete head to head with Apple's own Siri voice assistant technology.
Dish Network has filed several trademark applications to utilize the brand Otto for voice recognition software that could be used to power both its satellite TV service and the mobile phone product it is developing.
Apple has revealed that its servers store iOS user search queries, messages and commands leveraging its Siri voice assistant technology for up to two years.
Amazon reportedly has acquired voice recognition technology startup Evi. Sources told TechCrunch the deal is valued at $26 million.
Apple is rolling out its iOS 6.1 update to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, extending international LTE support and adding new functionality to core operating system features like the Siri voice assistant and iTunes Match music service.
Amazon has acquired text-to-speech technology firm Ivona Software, which powers accessibility features optimized for its Kindle Fire tablets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Verizon Wireless approached the company Siri in the fall of 2009, several months before Apple expressed interest in Siri, according to the Huffington Post . The report noted that Verizon had inked a deal with Siri to make the company's digital personal assistant a default app on all of Verizon's Android phones set to launch in 2010.
A LinkedIn job ad posted by Apple is seeking writers to help make the iOS platform's Siri voice assistant technology more conversational and colorful.