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13,000 developers make use of the iSpeech platform, should you?

By Ryan Blundell on 5 Jul 2012 11:23 am EDT

How many of you rely on applications that use voice recognition or text to speech technology? It’s pretty safe to say that most of you do, and with good reason. I see a lot more people use their voice to ask their phones to find something for them or to help them manage their messages. Especially with the ever increasing, but necessary, hands-free regulations while driving, you need to make sure that you can safely operate the car and your smartphone at the same time. You may have heard of the company known as iSpeech inc, which is one of the leading providers of such technology. If you haven’t, you may recognize one of their most popular applications which reads incoming messages for you and allows you connect with the sender through a message or a phone call.

Recently, iSpeech announced that it now has 13k developers using the mobile speech platform, making them the largest mobile speech developer user-base. They’ve also released updates to their Web API and SDKs, in order to provide faster and a more reliable performance. iSpeech has gone as far as announcing that they’re also releasing a “Siri-like” speech recognition model, that allows them to recognize almost any question, or anything people would ever ask Siri. We’re already being used in a few major Siri competitors, such as SpeaktoIt (which is hopefully coming to the BlackBerry platform soon). According to iSpeech, as of now, there are only two companies who can do this, iSpeech and Nuance. iSpeech technology is also being used by companies such as Telenav. As time goes on, I can see a huge increase in applications that make use of voice recognition technology; think of the ease of use you’d see when composing a tweet or following a recipe. Which apps would like to see make use of this technology? What are you using now?

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iSpeech Cloud Now Largest Mobile Speech Platform at 13,000 Developers and 1.6 Billion Uses

iSpeech voice recognition and text to speech platform expands capabilities with increased accuracy, speed and custom speech recognition

Newark, NJ – June 28, 2012 – iSpeech, Inc. today announced the iSpeech development platform has been used over 1.6 billion times in mobile apps made by over 13,000 developers, making iSpeech the largest mobile speech development platform in the world. iSpeech also released updates to its Web API, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry SDKs that provide faster performance and optimized speech recognition for Siri-like personal assistant applications and other popular speech recognition use cases.

“This is an exciting milestone and we’re thankful to our developers for making it happen,” said Heath Ahrens, Founder and CEO of iSpeech. “We will continue to work hard to eliminate all barriers to adoption of speech technology for developers such as cost, quality and difficulty of integration.”

The platform, launched less than 10 months ago, is used by top brands and apps across lifestyle, food, travel, retail, finance, gaming, messaging, dictation, translation and social including Hearst, Telenav, SpeaktoIt, iTranslate, Vocre and many more. With iSpeech’s cloud model, developers can quickly and affordably integrate human quality text to speech and speech recognition into their applications. iSpeech’s technology and developer-friendly pricing and support has led to its rapid growth.

“iSpeech offers unparalleled quality and the voices sound very natural,” said Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO of SpeaktoIt. “The level of service and technical support that the iSpeech team has provided and is continuing to provide has helped us deliver a great product to our customers.”

iSpeech voice recognition and text to speech is available in over 25 language and accent combinations and accessible through both a self-serve platform and a direct sales and professional services team.

Developers who work with iSpeech’s sales and service team may leverage custom statistical language models designed for common use cases such as virtual assistants, translation apps, navigation, e-learning and dictation, as well as custom language models designed specifically for the customer’s application. iSpeech’s custom solutions help ensure the highest possible recognition accuracy rates for its customers.

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13,000 developers make use of the iSpeech platform, should you?


I'm not a fan of speaking to my phone or having it speak to me. I've seen a couple of people using Siri and they always sound frustrated. I find with BlackBerry, it's just quicker to type.

+1 I'm not going to talk to my phone and I dont want the phone to read out loud sexting txt I'm getting from a dudette while driving with my mum or my boss or anyone for that matter.

+1 to that. Getting email or text being read-out loud in the car is enough. I even have the recite caller-id app disabled because I don't want people around me at work knowing when my wife or friends call. As for speaking back to my phone, maybe it is easier for native English speakers. I have a hard time getting VLingo or to recognize my friend's names, let alone compose full-blown messages. Voice-dialing has been around for almost 13-14 years now on mobile phones, that is the most I see myself using.

When they offer an API for BB10 i will make an App. But for now there is only an API for "old" BB7 available. Also Actionscript (AIR) and Javascript (HTML5) APIs are "coming soon" so there is no way to make an app for BB10. And developer HAVE to use these APIs because only then this service is for free.

georg22, you have pinpointed the problem clearly. iSpeech claims to provide free services to mobile developers, but there is no SDK for PlayBook nor BB10 yet. Personally, I would like to integrate iSpeech into a PlayBook app, but I just couldn't. If I were a RIM developer evangelist, that's something I would fix. I haven't heard of any timeline on availability of any Javascript API yet. This is not only a problem for RIM, but also for mobile developers on other platforms which use AIR or HTML5.

we have an SDK for BB10 and Playbook which you are welcome to check out at

We also have a Phonegap integration so you can use HTML5 and JavaScript to access our voice recognition platform.

Voice commands when driving is really helpful with various apps. has never really worked that well on my Torch9800; neither the free nor the pro versions. Even after uninstall and install several times I just got rid of them both.

I've been happy in the past using, and I am very happy with the good but not perfect Vlingo - great for quick searches and great for BBM and SMS when I can tell the person on the other end to expect a few errors (correctable from Vlingo - and it learns when corrected, but when I'm behind the wheel I let the errors stay, unless too confusing or WAY wrong)

I would like these speech recognition apps to be an assistant as I do tasks and use features or apps. Maybe it's always listening...and not waiting for a button press (e.g. As I'm composing a letter I can say "save file as..." as I'm typing...or "rotate picture" when I open it

I use Drivesafely and Vlingo.

From the article, "How many of you rely on applications that use voice recognition or text to speech technology? It’s pretty safe to say that most of you do, and with good reason."

That is quite the presumptuous statement. I have never used text-to-voice nor voice-command applications and have no intention.

It might be a lil presumptuous but he said most, not all.. & from the looks of the comments it seems most people either use it or atleast have tried it.. Pretty good assumption

First and foremost I really like having the native voice search on my BB os 7 9930 but I don't use it all that much so I have to agree with sk8er as it's easier to type, then again I have a physical keyboard so why talk to my phone when I can just type. I use FancyTran and every now and then I'll experiment with the voice recognition.

I will say this that this type of technology is very new and I'm sure that it will only grow so I'm not hesitant to learn how to use it to make life easier. I'm highly impressed how accurate my phone recognizes my voice dictation and am happy that developers are making more and more apps that use this voice guided assistance.

RIM and BlackBerry are going to leap ahead of smartphone when BB10 comes out. I am excited and I support the transition that we are facing, it's a positive step for BlackBerry users.

If we have learned anything from Scalado its that partnerships are OK but having control is always better. I know its easier said than done as I don't have to stare at the financial statement but IMO RIM should acquire these guys

I have used DriveCarefully, Voice To Go, SayIt and Some of these just aren't that good. I mean their voice commands aren't very functional half the time and DriveCarefully doesn't speak my Texts half the time. Vlingo well it's ok, I just hate when I can only use it where there's Wifi when I'm driving. After reading this article about Ispeech, I went over to App World and checked the reviews. Lots of consumers hate the app and it doesn't work. I hope BB10 gets a great Text To Speech Recognition App because that is a Huge Priority for me.

I have And it's fine. Not a big fan of talking to my phone, but if it gets good enough I can see the usefulness...

IMO true, the recognition part is the one that turns people off. My experience so far is these things force me to speak differently, use certain words, ...basically function at the level of the device...