Many have suspected that Nuance technology was present in Siri and Nuance has finally confirmed it. Nuance, the leader in digital speech recognition, has long been thought to have contributed technology to Apple’s digital assistant though neither company had confirmed it to be true until today. Speaking at the AllThingsD’s D11 conference, Nuance CEO, Paul Ricci, made the confirmation that Apple’s Siri contains Nuance technology. This was made apparent after Ricci admitted the following when asked whether Nuance was to blame when Siri doesn’t understand certain requests:
We are the fundamental provider of voice recognition for Apple.
One thing that Nuance is not involved with though is Google’s speech-recognition effort, Google Now. The feature, which was recently brought to the iOS platform and even more recently named in a Siri patent suit, is thought to have largely derived from Google's own voice recognition efforts and voice services.
According to Ricci, going forward, we’ll see virtual assistants becoming much more robust and compatible across multiple platforms. He feels that:
The real problem is creating a virtual assistant that can understand what the user wants and take action based on anticipating those needs.