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Nuance and ZTE Establish Strategic Relationship to Deliver Innovative Mobile Speech Capabilities
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 00:00

Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUAN), today announced that it has established a strategic global relationship with ZTE, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, to ship Nuance VSuite and Nuance Vocalizer on ZTE handsets. As a result of the deal, ZTE devices will feature robust speech capabilities for both command and control, and text-to-speech across its extensive portfolio of mobile phones available from carriers around the world.

Given the global demand for innovative and intuitive mobile speech capabilities across a variety of markets and platforms, including Android and Windows Mobile, ZTE is integrating Nuance VSuite, Nuance’s pervasive speech software already shipping on hundreds of millions of phones. Nuance VSuite enables mobile consumers to speak a variety of commands – ranging from simple dialing, to launching games and other applications like the text messaging client and Web browser. Nuance VSuite coupled with Nuance Vocalizer, which provides text-to-speech functionality for text message readout and command confirmation, gives ZTE consumers an incredibly easy-to-use mobile interface on some of the most innovative mobile phones shipping today.

“We keep a strong focus on mobile innovation and design in order to meet the various needs of the operators we work with and the many consumer markets they serve,” said Kan Yulun, CTO, handset division, ZTE Corporation. “Working with Nuance enables us to bring the power and simplicity of speech to our broad portfolio of handsets, as they provide flexible solutions that can be easily integrated as part of any mobile platform. Now, we can universally enhance the mobile user experience.”

As a result of this relationship, ZTE is now able to bring sophisticated speech capabilities to both high-end smartphones and lower-end feature phones. And because Nuance VSuite and Nuance Vocalizer support more than 40 languages worldwide, including U.S. English, Simplified Mandarin Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, ZTE can now bring speech to more phones in more markets worldwide.

“ZTE has proven to be a trailblazer in mobile design, making them a perfect partner to bring our robust speech capabilities to market as part of their device portfolio,” said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “Although mobile speech is fast becoming a standard feature on devices, handset manufacturers need to set themselves apart from the competition. This is why we’re continuously innovating speech offerings that allow our partners like ZTE to truly customize the speech experience and differentiate their offerings across their global markets — not just with one or two carriers or a handful of models.”

Nuance VSuite and Nuance Vocalizer are a part of Nuance’s broad mobile portfolio that features the industry’s pervasive mobile speech and predictive input solutions that are changing the way consumers interact with their mobile phones to send text messages and email, place calls, and access the mobile Web for information, directions, music and more. Nuance’s mobile solutions ship on more than four billion handsets — a result of its extensive relationships with every major mobile OEM and carriers around the world.

 

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