paul ricci nuance d11

In the months leading up to 2011’s WWDC event, there were numerous reports that Apple would announce a major partnership with voice recognition giant Nuance. Obviously, the gossip never materialized, and Apple didn’t even end up unveiling Siri until that fall.

But despite the fact that no one has ever come out and said it, Nuance has long been given credit for powering Siri’s speech recognition capabilities. And today, the company’s CEO Paul Ricci confirmed the theory while speaking at AllThingsD’s D11 conference…

“We are the fundamental provider of voice recognition for Apple,” Ricci said, while making sure to note that there are other areas of Siri that Nuance does not participate in, like artificial intelligence. For that, Apple pulls info from Wolfram Alpha, Yelp, and many others.

Apple has taken a lot of criticism for Siri over the past few years. The digital assistant, which was once hailed at a revolution, has remained in ‘beta’ for its 2-year existence, and has been seemingly surpassed in capabilities by other voice recognition services like Google Now.

Hopes for Siri are high though. Several auto-makers have pledged support for integrating Siri’s ‘Eyes Free’ feature into their cars and trucks, and Apple is expected to introduce new features for the assistant in iOS 7. Hopefully we’ll see some of them at WWDC next month.

As for Nuance, it still has its own dictation and speech recognition software, and is working on a cross-platform assistant code-named ‘Project Wintermute.’ It also has partnerships with several other companies, and is used in Amazon’s Evi feature, Samsung’s S voice, and more.

[The Next Web]

  • Gorgonphone

    sad thing is that siris voice recognition sucks in comparison to googles

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      iSheeps disliked this statement.

      • Yash Gorana

        No i actually agree to Gorgonphone
        iSheeps didn’t dislike the statement, rather they liked it.

    • trumpet444

      Why would anyone seriously downvote this? I would argue that the success of jailbreak tweaks Googiri and NowNow proves that Siri sucks.

      I lost jailbreak a few days ago (had to swap out my iphone bc of camera issues) and I spent about 5-6 minutes yesterday simply trying to get Siri to text someone, “I’m on my way”. Half of that time was spent trying to get it to recognize the particular contact I wanted to send the text. Never had that problem using Googiri.

      A stock iphone makes me want to pull my hair out, and an unmodified (inferior) Siri is a huge thorn in my side

  • David Gitman

    Somehow google understand me perfect unlike Siri.

    • Johnathan Jennings

      I’m the exact opposite.

  • İlkim Sezen

    Well Nuance has Turkish voice recognition as well and it’s a good one too. Apple should put Turkish into Siri.

  • Amad

    Does anyone get the feeling apple is really falling behind on all areas of the smartphone and samsung and android are taking over.

    • mav3rick

      iPhone is their bread and butter. But new model out in every 2 years. And 5 was just a stretched remote control shaped one.
      Siri beta for 2 years; Google came from behind, well ahead now.
      Maps total fiasco.
      Google cleverly spreading their platform on top of iOS.
      iOS at 6 version still without basic features for users: no quick settings switches, no apps access to notification center, etc. User can only keep buying apps but cannot actually own / use the phone.
      You heard Cook: “We are getting paid to make decisions for users…”
      Going downhill…

      • Justin Thurmond

        thank goodness for JB!

  • Hyr3m

    Nuance rocks!
    Apple using Nuance sucks…

    I wonder what went wrong… oh that’s right: Apple happened…