@ CTIA: This Year Consumer Voice Recognition Gains Momentum

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imageWith the end of CTIA Wireless 2008 coming to a close in a couple hours, you can start to see the trends emerging in the industry. One of the ones that really stood out this year was the entrance of easy-to-use and accurate voice-recognition services for consumer applications. One of the biggest announcements of the show was Yahoo’s (NSDQ: YHOO) new version of OneSearch, which integrated voice recognition into search queries on the phone. But other voice-centric solutions were also present, including vlingo, Jott Networks, Nuance Communications and of course SpinVox, which had a very splashy booth.

The companies and announcements at CTIA follow close behind Microsoft’s (NSDQ: MSFT) purchase of TellMe last year, which has led to an integration of voice into several of the company’s services. Voice definitely seems to be on a roll — Marco Boerries, Yahoo’s EVP of Connected Life, explained the evolution: “We are really revolutionizing using voice for mobile — it

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