It’s hard to believe that it’s already been five months since Apple deeply integrated voice as a core part of the interface on the Apple iPhone 4S – and today Apple integrated dictation capabilities as part of the iPad 3 keypad.  Consumers love voice as a natural and intuitive way to interact with devices – even those as powerful as the iPad and iPhone.

Nuance has made deep investments over the last decade to bring voice and language understanding to the forefront of the mobile experience across a range of devices, apps, cars and consumer electronics.  In fact, Nuance’s Dragon Dictation for iPad app launched in 2010 and remains very popular, now available in 25 languages in 28 countries around the world.

Deeply integrated voice technologies will continue to have a profound impact across the mobile ecosystem.  And it’s not simply voice recognition – it’s the combination of voice with the natural language-driven and mobile assistant technology innovations like Nuance’s Dragon Go! and Apple’s Siri that have reset the bar in what a consumer demands from their mobile experience. Be it a phone, tablet, car – and of course, the TV.  Nuance’s Dragon TV platform has had an amazing reception since its launch in January, with voice-enabled televisions coming to market in 2012.

This is an evolution that we at Nuance have a core focus on – removing the boundaries to content and everyday mobile tasks – be it speaking content for an email or text, searching for restaurant reviews, music or just watching your favorite TV programs and movies.  People speak – their words are understood – and results are delivered.  It’s that simple – as it should be.

There is also a significance in voice as part of the tablet experience, and how it’ll impact how our engagement with an entirely new world of content and knowledge.  There is an increased dependence on devices like tablets in the enterprise and healthcare industries, and Nuance’s mobile voice and natural language technologies are already having a profound effect on the way doctors provide patient care, and how businesses stay connected with their customers.

And there’s much more to come in the weeks and months ahead.   Our innovation machines within Nuance are working hard to bring to market innovative voice, touch and language understanding technologies that will truly change the way we engage content and interact with the world around us.

Michael Thompson

About Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson is the executive vice president and general manager of the Nuance Mobile Division. In this role, he is responsible for the innovation, development, marketing and sale of speech-enabled and predictive text input solutions to the mobile phone, automotive, and consumer electronics markets. Thompson joined Nuance in 2003 and has held a variety of leadership positions at both the company's Massachusetts headquarters and internationally. Thompson holds a Professional Engineer's license in mechanical engineering and earned an M.B.A. at Cornell University after completing his undergraduate engineering studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.