Sendo and Voice Signal Technologies announced today the first phone in Europe to include Voice Signal‘s advanced speech recognition application. The Series 60 based Sendo X is the first mobile phone developed under a partnership agreement between the two companies. The Sendo X features Voice Signal’s Voice-Activated Phonebook, which allows users to dial any person in their contact list simply by saying the person’s name, with no initial training required. With the additional capability to launch other device applications by voice, users can open any Series 60 application resident on the phone simply by saying the name of the application.
“Sendo has built a solid business in the consumer phone market and is committed to providing consumers with wireless devices that are easy to use and offer the highest quality technology. We believe that as mobile phones become increasingly sophisticated, speaker-independent speech recognition will make these converged devices more convenient and fun to use. This will also allow consumers to take advantage of all the exciting new features we are developing for handsets like the Sendo X smartphone. We are excited to work with Voice Signal and bring this new technology to our customers,” Hugh Brogan, CEO of Sendo comments.
Sendo intends to launch the phone in the first quarter of 2004 in some European markets, with the rest of the world to follow later in 2004. The Voice Signal application in the Sendo X will initially support four languages including Spanish, Italian, German and English.