SoundHound Partners with Qualcomm

SoundHound, a provider of voice artificial intelligence, is partnering with Qualcomm Technologies to enable SoundHound's  automatic speech recognition, natural language understanding, and text-to-speech conversion software with select Qualcomm  Snapdragon platforms.

App developers and device manufacturers can integrate advanced technologies from Qualcomm and SoundHound to implement enhanced conversational voice experiences and build voice interfaces that can detect voice queries in noisy environments and when devices are already transmitting other sounds.

"The combination of SoundHound's conversational intelligence technology with our Snapdragon platforms paves the way for new use cases and innovative voice experiences," said Ziad Asghar, vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies, in a statement. "Combining Qualcomm Technologies' voice technology with SoundHound's voice AI platform provides customers with the ability to customize their voice solutions and provide new user experiences, while maintaining transparency of user data."

The solution brings together SoundHound's advanced voice AI platform, with its Speech-to-Meaning and Deep Meaning Understanding, and a library of hundreds of content domains and select Snapdragon platforms with echo cancellation, noise reduction, and user verification technologies. Snapdragon's low-power, always-on capability means the host device is always ready to respond to a wake word or voice command in a low-power state.

"Our collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies gives app developers and hardware manufacturers a faster, simpler way to add always-on, voice interfaces to their apps and devices," said James Hom, co-founder and vice president of products at SoundHound, in a statement. "By combining Qualcomm Technologies' voice solutions with SoundHound’s voice AI technology into a single solution, app developers and device manufacturers can expand product offerings with more options for enhanced voice services.”

Android app developers can now build voice user interfaces to overcome the challenges associated with mobile app users not having a device in their immediate vicinity. Once available, end users can make a voice request to a voice-enabled app from across the room, even when the device is already playing music or streaming other content.

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