Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that it has acquired
text-to-speech technology company IVONA Software -- a
move that could help the company challenge the offers from
other tablet makers.
IVONA delivers technologies that power the
"Text-to-Speech," "Voice Guide" and "Explore by Touch"
features on Kindle Fire tablets. Additionally, IVONA
delivers text-to-speech products and services for
developers, businesses and customers around the world.
"IVONA's exceptional text-to-speech technology leads the
industry in natural voice quality, accuracy and ease of
use. IVONA is already instrumental in helping us deliver
excellent accessibility features on Kindle Fire, including
Text-to-Speech, Voice Guide and Explore by Touch," said
Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "
IVONA offers voice and language portfolios with 44 voices
in 17 languages and more in development.
Amazon has been expanding its tablet business to take on
companies such as Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Google.
Voice assistants like Apple's Siri, Samsung's S Voice,
Google Actions, and Microsoft's TellMe have become
mainstream features and Amazon expects Ivona to help it
challenge the offers from other tablet makers.