In Brief: ZTE unveils new Car Mode app, voice biometrics

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) and ZTE Corporation today announced an all new ZTE Car Mode application for ZTE Android devices at CES 2014 in Las Vegas – a result of the two companies’ collaboration to bring advanced voice applications to ZTE Android devices worldwide.

ZTE is integrating Nuance’s voice biometrics technology for screen unlock. With each different user’s voiceprint, ZTE smartphones will access the general mode or child mode instantly – no swiping, PINS, passwords or hands required.  ZTE is also launching voice-enabled navigation search and music barge-in optimized for ZTE handsets within an automotive environment….People could say, “Where is Union Square?” and Car Mode will automatically show you Google Map for POI directions. Or, someone could say, “Take me to the post office” and Car Mode will search for the nearest post office and provide spoken directions.

Read more at Nuance

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