A Siri for other phones? Nuance brings Dragon Go to Android

There are a lot of bad Siri imitators in the Android Market, but Monday night a pretty close approximation to Apple’s now-iconic personal assistant will be available. Nuance Communications is launching an Android version of Dragon Go, it’s voice-powered semantic search app.

Nuance buys Vlingo, builds a voice technology giant

Nuance and voice recognition rival Vlingo have put away their knives and are now set to become one company with the announcement today that Nuance was buying its competitor. The two companies are set to take on the exploding opportunity in providing natural language interfaces.

Nuance Pockets SpinVox for Measly $102.5M

The deal appears to be a bargain for Nuance, which gets some large carrier customers and new languages with the acquisition. These should help as Nuance takes on both Google and Microsoft as voice recognition continues to expand into the mainstream.

Say What? Nuance Buys Jott for Speech Recognition Service

logoNuance Communications (s nuan), a provider of various speech recognition and predictive text products, said today it’s purchased Jott, whose service translates spoken messages into text and then emails or inserts them into various web services, for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, John Pollard, co-founder and CEO of Jott, will become a general manager in Nuance’s mobile division. Jott had previously raised $5.4 million from Bain Capital, Ackerley Partners, Draper Richards and Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom’s investment firm. Read More about Say What? Nuance Buys Jott for Speech Recognition Service

IBM Throws $100 Million at Mobile

ibmRealizing that the phone is now a computer, or possibly that ubiquitous wireless networks mean that computers can go anywhere, IBM (s ibm) said today it would spend $100 million on research over the next five years to improve mobile communications for businesses and consumers worldwide. This is a piddling amount for IBM (it spent $1 billion on its green effort), but Big Blue does have the street cred among enterprise customers to push mobile platforms for corporate computing in a big way if it so chooses. Currently mobile innovation is primarily benefiting consumers, who can use mobile devices to read books, find out the name of songs, shop and even track their fitness goals. Enterprise adoption of novel applications and phones, meanwhile, is still lagging over concerns about corporate security. IBM could help change that. Read More about IBM Throws $100 Million at Mobile