Highlighting once again the heated competition between Amazon and Apple, on Thursday the online retail giant confirmed its acquisition of text-to-speech company Ivona.
A move meant to give Apple’s Siri a formidable challenge in the mobile space, Amazon says Ivona Software, which is able to deliver astoundingly sophisticated control features to Kindle Fire tablets, is now in the Amazon family.
Financial terms of the deal have not been made public as of this writing.
Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that it has acquired leading text-to-speech technology company IVONA Software. IVONA delivers world-class technologies that power the “Text-to-Speech,” “Voice Guide” and “Explore by Touch” features on Kindle Fire tablets. Additionally, IVONA delivers text-to-speech products and services for thousands of developers, businesses and customers around the world.
“IVONA’s exceptional text-to-speech technology leads the industry in natural voice quality, accuracy and ease of use. IVONA is already instrumental in helping us deliver excellent accessibility features on Kindle Fire, including Text-to-Speech, Voice Guide and Explore by Touch,” says Dave Limp, Vice President of Amazon Kindle.
Amazon says the Ivona team has been focused on creating innovative text-to-speech technologies for more than a decade.