Audience Teams Up with China Mobile

Audience, a provider of advanced voice and audio processing for mobile devices, has partnered with the research and development group of China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator, to assist them in establishing and implementing smartphone specifications and testing for voice quality, noise suppression, and speech recognition across the operator's upcoming smartphone offerings.

With the collaboration, Audience is assisting China Mobile in enabling a new class of Advanced Voice–capable devices, delivering improved performance for speech recognition and voice-enabled applications, including China Mobile's "Ling Xi" voice assistant product. China Mobile and Audience have also partnered on the design of voice quality testing laboratories.

"China Mobile believes that Advanced Voice will catalyze the growth of a new class of smartphone, which will ultimately lead to a highly improved and differentiated user experience that would not be possible without robust noise suppression and speech recognition," said Bill Huang, general manager of China Mobile Research Institute, in a statement. "We chose Audience as one of the partners to work with us, to define the right specification and jointly design our audio labs, to realize China Mobile's vision of delivering feature-rich, high-performance, and affordable smartphones to a market that is rapidly moving from 3G to 4G LTE with increasing demand for high-quality voice."

China Mobile has with more than 700 million subscribers. With this partnership, current Audience customers, including Samsung, Huawei, ZTE, Motorola, Xiaomi, Meizu, and BBK, will be positioned to deliver Advanced Voice smartphones to China Mobile that will meet its voice quality and performance requirements for speech recognition.

"Audience believes that the expansive role of voice and sound in the mobile user experience is poised to be the next major disruption in user interface technology and, by working with China Mobile and its partners, we expect to accelerate this trend in one of the world's most dynamic and fastest growing economies," said Peter Santos, president and chief executive officer of Audience, in a statement.

Audience earSmart technology will help enhance the consumer voice experience across all existing China Mobile networks including 2G and 3G, the companies said. EarSmart Advanced Voice processors are available today to China Mobile subscribers from suppliers such as Samsung and Huawei, and more smartphones are anticipated to be announced before the end of 2013.

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