updated 04:37 pm EDT, Thu May 30, 2013
Confirms long-standing reports
Speaking earlier today at the ongoing D11 conference, Nuance CEO Paul Ricci confirmed that his company's technology is integral to Apple's Siri voice command system. "We are the fundamental provider of voice recognition for Apple," Ricci said in response to a question of whether Nuance was to blame for misheard Siri commands. The Nuance tech only handles voice recognition however, not any artificial intelligence demands.
Ricci adds that Siri uses a mix of embedded and cloud technology for voice recognition, but that as a whole Siri is primarily cloud-based. The Nuance platform is also used in the company's Dragon dictation software, and some voice-based Android apps, such as the Siri-like S-Voice system pre-installed on Samsung mobile devices.
Nuance voice recognition has long been reported as a part of Siri, but neither Apple nor Nuance have acknowledged the fact until now. Siri was officially integrated into iOS in October 2011; to achieve that, Apple bought out the app's developer, and quietly signed a deal with Nuance.