Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA are supposedly prepping handsets that will use Nuance's Open Voice Search software, according to reports.
The technology was tested on one phone from each of the carriers at the Mobile Internet World 2008 trade show in Boston. The software allows users to use voice commands, which then gets translated into text-based commands to conduct web searches. The demos showed how users can access content like ringtones, as was done on a Samsung phone for T-Mobile, or get driving directions from VZ Navigator, as was done on the Verizon handset.
Nuance, which signed a multi-year agreement with Nokia recently, has been talking up its voice-command search technology for almost a year and-a-half and has finally decided to roll out the technology. While there was no confirmation of a contract with either of the carriers, it appears that there is likely one in the works.
- see this RCR Wireless report
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