Voice Signal Partners with Samsung
DALLAS, TX and WOBURN, MA - Samsung Electronics, the world's third largest supplier of wireless phones, and Voice Signal Technologies, the developer of speech interface software for mobile devices, announced a worldwide strategic partnership to provide users of new Samsung wireless phones with voice activation technology. The first handset containing Voice Signal's new voice interface system is the A500, now available at retail stores throughout the U.S. for Sprint's PCS Vision nationwide network. In the past, voice activation software in mobile phones allowed the user to dial by name after creating a voice tag for each entry. The new voice-activated features shipped in the A500 allow users not only to dial by name, but also to dial any phone number by voice. This feature is particularly helpful in voice dialing situations when the name and voice tag have not been stored in the phone. The new system works without any training and allows any phone number to be dialed by saying the number. The phone either connects to that number, or verifies the number by displaying the number on the screen, and repeating the number back to the user. The user simply says "yes" to confirm the number and place the call. Moreover, if a user has a strong accent, Voice Signal's speech recognition function can be adapted to the user's voice to ensure high accuracy in dialing. The new A500 also allows users to instantly access other popular features of the phone by voice. By saying "voicemail" the phone will activate the voicemail functions, or by saying "phonebook," the screen immediately shows the contact list. Even commands such as "Play Games," "Browser" and others are supported, taking users to the new Sprint PCS Vision high-speed Internet service.