2 Nov 2016 Voice recognition – a battle of Facebook and Google by Ciklum As new technologies have emerged, it sometimes seems like we’re moving further and further away from basic communication. But new technologies are going back to basics: virtual communications are now returning to harness the power of speech. Existing and emerging voice recognition software enables users to work online while driving or working. Speaking is also more efficient than typing, meaning that we’ll be able to work more quickly and direct our devices to different menus verbally. Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? When we’ll use voice recognition There aren’t a whole lot of voice interfaces around yet. Android and Siri exist on mobile devices, as does Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), a program that lets you use voice commands over Internet networks. With all of those benefits, you might wonder why there aren’t more options. The reason we don’t use voice recognition on a large scale now is because the technology isn’t always accurate–only about 95% of the time. But when this technology becomes more precise, which could happen soon, we’ll likely see more widespread use. Once the technology becomes 99% accurate, IT trendsetters suggest the technology will become fairly ubiquitous. Source: techcrunch.com The Leaders in Voice Recognition There are two leaders in voice recognition software: Google and Facebook. These tech companies have already started acquiring language interfaces and are testing out various options, vying for the title of industry leader in voice recognition technologies. Facebook In addition to acquiring a voice recognition startup in 2015, Facebook has tested how to let users send voice message clips that can be turned into texts for a recipient. The company is also performing tests that investigate the differences between the way humans talk to other humans in contrast to how they talk to computers. Vocabulary and tone, for example, are less formal when people speak with one another, in contrast to how they talk to the computer. Facebook will then use this information to improve upon voice recognition capacities. Google Google is closer to launching a voice recognition program than Facebook is. In fact, its voice messaging app, Allo, is ready to launch. The app lets you send voice clip messaging to an AI assistant that then finds you directions or helps make you reservations. Allo also lets you say who and where you want to message a contact, and the app will send the message to that person. In the next few years, innovative options for integrating voice recognition into apps and programs will certainly emerge. Once you’ve landed on a great idea using this technology, you need to get it off the ground as soon as possible. With a Ciklum managed project, all you have to think about is building your expertise. Our expert technologists work to develop your product while meeting the time constraints and budget you expect.