“When Siri arrived on the iPhone 4S it seemed like a magic piece of software,” Mike Butcher reports for TechCrunch. “The future had arrived. But it wasn’t alone. True Knowledge, a British startup with a natural language search engine developed in university labs, had been working out what to do next.”
“They licensed Nuance’s voice recognition technology and created an app based on the True Knowledge engine, called Evi, which worked on any iPhone and Android,” Butcher reports. “That clever move looks like it paid off. TechCrunch understands from sources that the company has been sold to Amazon for $26 million.”
Butcher reports, “Will Amazon combine Evi with the voice recognition company they bought in January called Ivona? It’s hard to say. But smart observers might speculate that all these moves point towards Amazon developing a mobile handset/smartphone.”
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