Apple is building speech recognition services to power its Siri virtual assistant for iOS, a move to end the company's dependence on voice and natural language technologies provider Nuance Communications, Xconomy reports.
Google will terminate support for its Google Shopper price comparison application on Aug. 30.
Google is rolling out a revamped version of its popular Maps application for Apple's iOS, highlighted by dedicated support for the iPad tablet.
Chinese search giant Baidu is purchasing mobile app distribution platform 91 Wireless from online gaming and mobile Internet provider NetDragon Websoft. The deal is valued at $1.9 billion, Baidu's largest acquisition to date.
LinkedIn is revamping its professional networking applications for Apple's iOS and Google's Android, adding new search capabilities enabling users to discover potential job opportunities, companies and discussion groups.
A month after expanding its media discovery platform to Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, Shazam is rolling out an updated version of the app adding support for LyricPlay synchronization, which enables listeners to view song lyrics coordinated in real time with the music they are listening to.
Twitter has acquired Spindle, whose mobile search application leveraged the social graph to deliver real-time local recommendations. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Microsoft is updating its Bing voice recognition and search software, promising Windows Phone users significant improvements in both speed and accuracy.
Google plans to implement new search ranking changes designed to punish websites that are not optimized for smartphone screens.
Google is rolling out Keyboard, a text input application that delivers typing features and tools found in the company's Nexus device line to all smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0 and higher.