MobileVoiceControl makes a system that lets Blackberry users access features of their units without typing on its quirky keyboard. Nuance launched its Nuance Mobile Platform last month, aiming to do the same thing with a wide variety of mobile devices. The hope is the smaller company's system can be deployed generally.
In making its announcement Nuance noted most phones' data interfaces are kludgy. Users have to go through many menus to do even simple things, since the phones only have 12 keys (plus some function keys).
But there is more to it than that.Nuance also owns Dictaphone and Dragon, the leading general voice technology outfits. Nuance is involved heavily in the health market, through Dictaphone. And every blind user is facing the equivalent of a 12-key keypad when they try to access the Web.
There is enormous hope in this deal, if Nuance takes full advantage of it.