voice

Calendar apps are essential for productivity but it is hard to differentiate enough to have sustained growth from just the core usage. Y Combinator-backed Superpowered, which is an AI-powered notetaker…

YC-backed productivity app Superpowered pivots to become a voice API platform for bots

Two years after announcing voice chat was coming to Roblox, the gaming company has acquired a voice tech startup, Speechly, offering voice chat moderation, real-time transcription and Voice API that…

Roblox acquires voice moderation startup Speechly

ElevenLabs, the viral AI-powered platform for creating synthetic voices, today launched its platform out of beta with support for more than 30 languages. Using a new AI model developed in-house,…

ElevenLabs’ voice-generating tools launch out of beta

Services like Midjourney and ChatGPT have pushed the boundaries of how AI can create images and text out of basic text prompts. Now, audio appears to be the inevitable next…

Voice.ai raises $6M as its real-time voice changer approaches 500K users

As generative AI proliferates, it’s beginning to reach the ads we hear on podcasts and the radio. Startup Adthos this week launched a platform that uses AI to generate scripts…

Adthos uses generative AI to completely automate audio ads

Datch, a company that develops AI-powered voice assistants for industrial customers, today announced that it raised $10 million in a Series A round led by Blackhorn Ventures. The proceeds will…

Datch secures $10M to build voice assistants to factory floors

Neji Tawo, the founder of boutique software development company Wiscount Corporation, says he was inspired by his dad to become an engineer. When Tawo was a kid, his dad tasked…

PayTalk promises to handle all sorts of payments with voice, but the app has a long way to go

Invoca, a platform that uses AI to analyze calls for marketing, sales and customer agent training purposes, today closed an $83 million funding round that values the company at $1.1…

Proving that contact center tech remains desirable, Invoca raises $83M

Automating customer service tasks, particularly those that require agents to speak with customers on the phone, is something of a holy grail in the enterprise. According to a survey by…

Tenyx raises $15M to build more intelligent voice-based customer service AI

A new startup called SwoonMe aims to fix the problem with superficial dating apps, where users primarily make decisions based on how someone looks in their photos. Instead of swiping…

SwoonMe uses avatars and audio for its ‘less superficial’ dating app

On the heels of expanding its marketing call analytics platform last year to provide more insights to help those in sales, e-commerce and customer experience, Invoca is making its first…

Invoca acquires DialogTech for $100M to expand its conversational intelligence tools

AI-powered voice transcription service Otter.ai wants to make it even easier for its business users to record their meetings. The company is today introducing a new feature, Otter Assistant, which…

Otter.ai’s new assistant can automatically transcribe your Zoom meetings

In 2019, Spotify began testing a hardware device for automobile owners it lovingly dubbed “Car Thing,” which allowed Spotify Premium users to play music and podcasts using voice commands that…

Spotify stays quiet about launch of its voice command ‘Hey Spotify’ on mobile

Messaging is the medium these days, and today a startup that has built an API to help others build text and video interactivity into their services is announcing a big…

Sendbird raises $100M at a $1B+ valuation, says 150M+ users now interact using its chat and video APIs

There are now so many wireless earbuds it’s hard to keep track, but one of the reasons why we’ve seen this explosion in new and existing manufacturers entering this business…

Qualcomm’s new chipset for wireless earbuds promises improved noise cancellation, all-day battery life

Google today announced it’s making it possible to use the voice command “Hey Google” to not just open but also perform specific tasks within Android apps. The feature will be…

Google Assistant can now control Android apps

Walmart is expanding its use of voice technology. The company announced today its taking its employee assistance voice technology dubbed “Ask Sam” and making it available to associates at over…

Walmart launches its own voice assistant, ‘Ask Sam,’ initially for employee use

It’s a new world, and voice tech is shaping it.

Where is voice tech going?

After launching a number of new developer tools for Alexa last week, Amazon today is introducing an updated version of its Alexa mobile app for consumers. The new app aims…

Amazon revamps its Alexa app to focus on first-party features, more personalization

Pandora is launching interactive voice ads into wider public testing, the company announced this morning. The music streaming service first introduced the new advertising format, where users verbally respond to…

Pandora launches interactive voice ads into beta testing

Amazon is making it easier for mobile users to access its Alexa virtual assistant while on the go. The company announced today it’s making it possible to use Alexa “hands…

Amazon adds ‘hands-free’ Alexa to its Alexa mobile app

The coronavirus outbreak has driven more consumers to turn to their smart speakers for news, information, music and entertainment, according to new data released today by NPR and Edison Research.…

COVID-19 quarantine boosts smart speaker usage among U.S. adults, particularly younger users

Real-time voice transcription service Otter.ai is adding new functionality that will aid home school students and work-from-home employees alike. The company today is introducing an integration with Zoom in order…

Otter.ai’s newest feature offers live, interactive transcripts of your Zoom meetings

Pandora has begun to test a new type of advertising format that allows listeners to respond to the ad by speaking aloud. In the new ads, listeners are prompted to…

Pandora launches interactive voice ads

Amazon Alexa is already capable of identifying different voices to give personalized responses to different users in the household, thanks to the added support for voice profiles two years ago.…

Alexa developers can now personalize their skills by recognizing the user’s voice

Amazon will now allow developers to offer premium content for purchase in Alexa skills aimed at children. The company on Friday introduced new tools for building skills with in-app purchases…

Alexa’s voice apps for kids can now offer purchases that parents approve

At last year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple announced the new app Siri Shortcuts, which allows iOS users to create custom voice commands for their apps. Today, the company unveiled a…

Siri Shortcuts comes built-in on iOS 13, allows for more powerful shortcuts

Rivet, a new app from Google’s in-house incubator, wants to help children struggling to read. The app hails from Area 120 — Google’s workshop for experimental projects — and includes…

Google’s latest app, Rivet, uses speech processing to help kids learn to read

A year after Amazon opened in-skill purchasing to all Alexa developers in the U.S., the company is launching the service internationally. Initially, the capability will roll out to developers in…

Alexa in-skill purchasing, which lets developers make money from voice apps, launches internationally

Radio ads broadcast a message to listeners, but Pandora’s new voice ads will allow listeners to respond by speaking aloud — either to get more information about the product being…

Pandora to test interactive voice ads later this year