Nuance unveils virtual voice assistant service for mobile app developers

The cloud-based Nina service will let app users take advantage of voice controls.

Phone

Nuance Communications has launched a virtual assistant service to help bolster the appeal of customer service-type mobile apps by making them respond to users' voices.

The Nina service uses speech recognition and voice biometrics, and Nuance claims it is the first product of its type to understand what users say, as well as who said it.

The cloud-hosted service is aimed at people who make customer service apps, who can embed Nina in their products using Nuance's open software development kit.

App designers can also customise the look and feel of Nina to suit their own branding, regardless of whether they work with the Android or iOS mobile operating system.

The offering has already reportedly been adopted by US financial services provider USAA. The firm plans to pilot the service within its mobile app this month before rolling it out to customers early next year.

Robert Weideman, executive vice president and general manager of Nuance's Enterprise Division, said Nina will allow developers to introduce another level of interactivity into their apps.

"Nina provides our customers [with] a major competitive differentiator by enabling more successful self-service through their mobile apps," he added.

The product is available now in the UK.

Featured Resources

Four cyber security essentials that your board of directors wants to know

The insights to help you deliver what they need

Download now

Data: A resource much too valuable to leave unprotected

Protect your data to protect your company

Download now

Improving cyber security for remote working

13 recommendations for security from any location

Download now

Why CEOS should care about the move to SAP S/4HANA

And how they can accelerate business value

Download now

Most Popular

Cisco acquires container security startup Banzai Cloud
Security

Cisco acquires container security startup Banzai Cloud

18 Nov 2020
macOS Big Sur is bricking some older MacBooks
operating systems

macOS Big Sur is bricking some older MacBooks

16 Nov 2020
46 million Animal Jam accounts leaked after comms software breach
Security

46 million Animal Jam accounts leaked after comms software breach

13 Nov 2020