Nov 09 AT 6:10 PM Dustin Earley 6 Comments

Amazon ready to join in on the battle against Siri


Voice control is the latest trend in mobile computing. Even though it’s been available for years now, with Google pushing the boundaries of what your voice can do, Apple has taken voice front and center with the arrival of Siri. Google is expected to introduce some sort of “personal assistant” of their own on Android, but they aren’t the only ones.

They aren’t making any noise about it, but Amazon may be quietly working to bring forward a Siri competitor of their own. Recently, the Washington based company bought up the voice-to-text focused company Yap. Neither company will confirm the acquisition, and Amazon’s name isn’t listed in the details, but “Dion Acquisition Sub” and the “Surviving Corporation” are. Two companies who both just so happen to share’s office address.

Exactly how Amazon would use Yap for upcoming products has yet to be uncovered (whether they’d head towards personal assistant or a simple microphone icon on the keyboard), but you can bet the purchase is a direct response to the voice integration trend sweeping the mobile landscape. Will Amazon use Yap in future tablets and phones? How about e-readers or the Kindle Fire? We can’t wait to find out.

Via: BGR

Source: The Atlantic

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Vu Le

    One small problem…Kindle Fire has no microphone.

    • Dustin Earley

      Ahem… well then.

    • Zack

      I this day and age I assume that just means the Kindle Fire 2 will be the one with it.

  • KatSelezneva

    Voice control is a very convenient thing, of course, but I think, it must have some limits, too. I’d like to manage my media player with my voice, but to talk to my phone like Siri’s owners do… I find it a little bit weird. I described my impressions in a blog post: iPhone 4S: the most amazing phone or the greatest disappointment?

  • GeauxLSU

    Would Amazon put out a paid app or make it an exclusive feature in Amazon products? I have a feeling the great people at xda could extract it from an Amazon phone/tablet and port it to other phones.

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