Try the world's #1 social media & content marketing app Get started (it's free)

Facebook Buys Voice Recognition Startup

Posted in : News & Trends on   By, a voice and speech recognition startup that was founded 18 months ago, announced on Monday that it will be acquired by Facebook. Neither of the companies have revealed a price figure for the deal. The social media giant will be making use of’s speech and natural language processing services to introduce voice features on Facebook’s Messenger. already has a community of 6,000 developers who use’s open platform to create voice interfaces for various mobile applications as well as for wearable devices.

Using products, developers have been able to easily build voice-control and recognition applications – a process which would otherwise be very time-consuming and would take up a lot of resources. Facebook, after acquiring, will be able to connect the developers and provide them with the talent and resources needed in order for to grow further.

Facebook will also be able to benefit largely from the acquisition – from being able to build an application which can be used through speech, to incorporating speech-to-text input for Messenger and much more. The social media network can also use the open and free platform to induct more developers into its Build-Grow-Monetize program.

In the past year, Facebook has made some big changes to its search features and other areas on the website. Now, with Facebook and joining hands, there is a strong possibility of seeing some more major changes being made very soon. It may not be long before we can start having hands-free conversations on Facebook Messenger.

Here is a small glimpse of what’s voice interface API can do in a home setting.

photo credit: Maria Elena via flickr cc