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Nuance SDK brings Siri-like voice capabilities to all app developers

With all her faults, there’s still no question that Siri has been a big addition to the iOS platform since her introduction with the iPhone 4S. Because of her popularity and mostly positive reception, it’s easy to understand why app developers would salivate over the chance to build similar functionality into their apps—you know, the kind of functionality that allows a user to speak commands and do things hands-free… Well, we’re not here to say that there’s going to be a Siri SDK, but perhaps Nina will be the next-best thing. The virtual assistant is being launched by Nuance, and she will reportedly make voice-control features available for a wide variety of apps.

Nina might not be hip enough to send your text messages and schedule your appointments, but she WILL strive to meet the needs of enterprises by sort of fulfilling the role of an automated call center within an app… Right away we can tell that Nina probably won’t be used for casual or entertainment purposes, but will instead see implementation in apps that require a lot of data input—like those for hotels, banks, retailers, etc.

The power behind Nina comes from Nuance’s Voice Assistant Cloud. So, given her reliance on the Cloud, it’ll take a decent network connection to get the most out of this virtual assistant… Other noteworthy details about Nina include the availability of about 40 different voices and the inclusion of voice biometrics. Nuance says that the biometrics feature improves security by allowing Nina to decipher who is the speaker.

The Nina SDK is available starting now, so it’s probably only a matter of time before we start seeing apps that encourage us to speak up.

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