Smartphone and tablet users often find themselves in a variety of frustrating situations, where typing or jabbing at buttons seems extremely irksome. In light of this cloud computing firm OneTok recently revealed a new voice-interpretation platform that leverages Natural Language Understanding (NLU) technologies, enabling smartphone and tablets users to perform such tasks as controlling and navigating apps, entering their logins or initiating Web searches – all by simply speaking.
This new technology is believed to be able to create new possibilities in voice-enabled mobile communications. Just as the touch screen feature introduced by Apple (News - Alert) five years ago revolutionized the mobile experience, OneTok’s voice interpretation platform has the potential to rewrite how everyday users interact with their mobile apps through their voice, the company claimed in a statement.
Adding voice interpretation capability to mobile applications involves high level of expertise. In an effort to take the hassle out of the process, OneTok has introduced this cloud-based voice-interpretation platform that would allow developers to configure any word or phrase to invoke any activity in their consumer or enterprise apps – all with the least amount of effort.
Coming with a variety of voice libraries with pre-existing phrases and commands for vertical market apps in banking, fitness, food, travel, collaboration and top 10 voice commands for every app, the platform allows developers to create intelligent voice interfaces to enable users to interact with and control mobile applications simply by speaking to them.
Addressing attendees at the GigaOm Mobilize LaunchPad event in Beijing, OneTok CEO Ben Lilienthal said this innovative software platform gives developers a "here and now" opportunity to quickly take advantage of the newest generation of Natural Language Understanding (NLU) technology, such as the newly updated Siri for Apple mobile devices and voice assistants from handset and operating system manufacturers.
“With the new Siri, users can open apps with their voices, but it stops there. Siri gets users to developers' doorsteps, but without OneTok as the voice enabler, they can't come in. OneTok enables them to talk and actually interact with and use their apps through simple voice commands,” Lilienthal explained.
Lilienthal also pointed out that OneTok platform’s subscription-based usage ensures that in case of an unsuccessful deployment, the developer is not stuck with huge upfront costs that can add up quickly before an app becomes available.
“For developers, interfacing with OneTok means rapid time to market. Their apps can be voice-enabled in a day without having to make any changes to their code,” Lilienthal added.
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