Samsung, Intel lead strategic investment in Siri alternative Expect Labs


Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Intel Capital and Telefónica Digital are investing in Expect Labs, the San Francisco startup behind intelligent digital assistant technology that processes conversations in real time and shares related information. Funding details were not disclosed.

Expect Labs' Anticipatory Computing Engine platform enables connected devices and applications to constantly monitor user behaviors and preferences, modeling the context of interactions to proactively identify information before the consumer searches for it. Expect Labs also developed MindMeld, an application for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad that analyzes conversations and shares related information as the user speaks.

Expect Labs will leverage the new strategic financing to build new types of context-aware, predictive technologies optimized for a variety of apps and devices. Samsung hinted it will integrate Expect Labs technologies across its smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. The manufacturer shipped 70.7 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2013, translating to a dominant market share of 32.7 percent, according to research firm IDC.

The Expect Labs platform most closely recalls Apple's Siri voice assistant technology, which rolled out in late 2011. It also bears similarities to Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Now, which presents a series of digital cards containing information on local weather, traffic, events and nightlife, each automatically generated in relation to a user's present location and the time of day. Google recently expanded Now from Android to iOS.

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