MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -– Jun. 4, 2013 – Audience®, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADNC), the leader in advanced voice and audio processing for mobile devices, today announced it has partnered with the research and development group of China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, to assist them in establishing and implementing smartphone specifications and testing for voice quality, noise suppression and speech recognition across the operator’s upcoming smartphone offerings.
Through this collaboration, Audience is assisting China Mobile in achieving its vision of enabling a new class of Advanced Voice-capable devices, delivering best-in-class voice quality for real-time communications, as well as dramatically improved performance for speech recognition and voice enabled applications, including China Mobile’s “Ling Xi” voice assistant product. China Mobile and Audience have also partnered on the design of state-of-the-art voice quality testing laboratories, essential to assuring an excellent voice and audio experience for China Mobile subscribers.
“China Mobile believes that Advanced Voice will catalyze the growth of a new class of smartphone which will ultimately lead to a highly improved and user experience that would not be possible without robust noise suppression and speech recognition,” said Mr. Bill Huang, general manager of China Mobile Research Institute. “We chose Audience as one of the partners to work with us, to define the right specification and jointly design our audio labs, to realize China Mobile’s vision of delivering feature rich, high performance and affordable smartphones to a market that is rapidly moving from 3G to 4G LTE with increasing demand for high quality voice.”
China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile operator with more than 700 million subscribers. With this partnership, current Audience customers, including Samsung, Huawei, ZTE, Motorola, Xiaomi, Meizu, BBK and others, will be in position to deliver Advanced Voice smartphones to China Mobile that will meet its voice quality and performance requirements for speech recognition.
“We are honored to work with China Mobile and its device manufacturers to bring Advanced Voice capabilities to its subscribers,” said Peter Santos, president and chief executive officer, Audience. “Audience believes that the expansive role of voice and sound in the mobile user experience is poised to be the next major disruption in user interface technology and, by working with China Mobile and its partners, we expect to accelerate this trend in one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing economies.”
Audience earSmart™ technology will help enhance the consumer voice experience across all existing China Mobile networks including 2G and 3G. earSmart Advanced Voice processors are available today to China Mobile subscribers from leading suppliers such as Samsung and Huawei, and more smartphones are anticipated to be announced before the end of 2013.
For more information on earSmart Advanced Voice processors from Audience, please go here.
Audience is the leader in advanced voice and audio processing for mobile devices. Its family of earSmart™ intelligent voice processors is based on the processes of human hearing, to suppress background noise and enhance mobile voice quality. Audience's technology substantially improves the mobile voice experience, while also improving the performance of speech-based services, and enhancing audio quality for multimedia. Audience earSmart™ processors are featured in mobile devices from leading providers in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the U.S. The company is based in Mountain View, California. For more information, see www.audience.com.
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