Thursday, September 25th, 2014

ZTE, AutoNavi, Baidu, Nuance, Audience and Other Industry Leaders Band Together to Advance Smart Voice Usage

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Audience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADNC), a leader in Advanced Voice and pioneer in Multisensory processing and natural user experience technology for consumer devices, today announced that it has joined industry leaders ZTE, AutoNavi, Baidu and Nuance, as well as other companies in the newly formed Smart Voice Alliance in China. This strategic initiative was created to integrate and align existing voice technologies and resources at each stage, including manufacturers of voice control products, content providers, software designers and handset manufacturers. The inaugural summit of the Smart Voice Alliance took place in Beijing on September 24, 2014.

The Smart Voice Alliance is the world's first voice controlled technology alliance for mobile phones and established the 5A protocol, the first industry-wide formalized code of practice to catalyze the creation of a new era of voice control technology. The 5A protocol is a list of primary goals the Smart Voice Alliance will pursue consisting of:

Anyone: Individualized personalization features such as voiceprint and user trained key words.
Anyhow: Multi-control features such as voice wake-up and gesture controls to launch applications.
Anytime: Always-on low-power consumption voice wake capabilities.
Anything: Neural network modeling and chaos algorithm.
Anywhere: Robust noise suppression to enable fluid voice command and clear calling -- regardless of the noise level in the surrounding environment.

"We are pleased to be partnering with leading industry partners like ZTE, AutoNavi, Baidu and Nuance to launch this alliance," said Robert Schoenfield, Audience's Vice President for Greater China. "Natural interfaces like Advanced Voice are key to moving the industry forward and we are pleased to be a part of a visionary organization like the Smart Voice Alliance."

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About Audience
Audience, the leader in Advanced Voice, is pioneering Multisensory processing and natural user experiences for consumer devices. Its technologies, based on auditory neuroscience, improve the mobile voice experience and enhance speech-based services as well as audio quality for multimedia. In early 2014, the company announced its expansion into Multisensory and motion processing. Through the combination of Advanced Voice and Multisensory processing, Audience aims to transform the way consumers engage with devices by enabling seamless natural user experiences and context-aware services. The company's products have been shipped in more than 450 million devices worldwide. For more information, see http://www.audience.com.

For more information, contact:
Diane Vanasse
Audience, Inc.
408-242-0027
[email protected]

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Audience, voice, advanced voice, multisensory, consumer, devices, mobile, multimedia, Smart Voice Alliance, software

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