Amazon’s clearly not happy simply taking on Apple with its Kindle Fire tablet and slew of content services. The online retail colossus has snapped up a voice recognition company called Yap, with rumours flying that this could be the company’s first step towards taking on Apple’s Siri app, found on the iPhone 4S.
The deal has not actually been announced officially and was completed back in September. Yap is said to have merged with a firm dubbed “Dion Acquisition Sub”, which is registered at an Amazon-owned address in Seattle.
Word is that while Yap was always a basic beta voice-to-text offering, the company had actually developed a lot more innovative tech which was never publicly released. How it would integrate with Amazon’s kit remains unclear, but it’s easy to assume that this will wind up as a search tool on the Kindle and Kindle Fire. Imagine being able to dig out books, by title or author, just by speaking into your slate.
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Via The Atlantic