Amazon Buys Text to Speech Company IVONA Software, Making its Own Siri?
Amazon is supposedly preparing to enter the text to speech industry, if their recent move to purchase IVONA Software can be interpreted that way. This is a text to speech software company, that was bought by Amazon for a yet unknown amount of money. IVONA is the company behind the text to speech abilities of the Kindle Fire slates.
IVONA also handles text to speech products and services for many other companies out there, providing voice and language portofolios in 44 voices and 17 languages, with more coming. Lukasz Osowski, CEO of IVONA is claiming that he’s thrilled about the purchase and the support from Amazon for the future growth of the company. From the sound of it, IVONA will continue its activity unaffected by the purchase, but just under new ownership.
Of course, this means that we may see more developed text to speech functions on the Kindle Fire and probably other Kindle devices. Right now, the company only offers Kindle Fire’s Text to Speech, Voice Guide and Explore by Touch features on the tablet and other such functions. The question is… do we need it?