Microsoft continues to build out its Cortana digital assistant offering, today announcing two new capabilities that further glean information from user data to provide tailored information.
Apple has reportedly purchased artificial intelligence startup Emotient, a company that uses human facial expressions to analyze emotions, according to the Wall Street Journal.
MindMeld, a company backed by Google, Samsung and Intel, released the second version of its platform that lets developers add voice capabilities to apps.
While competition is intense among vendors offering digital assistants, users are not impressed, according to Bob O'Donnell, founder and chief analyst at Technalysis Research.
While Cortana is seen by many as the poor cousin to Apple's Siri, Microsoft is charging ahead anyway with its Cortana app for Apple's iOS devices, offering the beta version to testers recently.
Google is stepping up its efforts in the mobile digital assistant game, according to a post on the official Google Search blog. The voice assistant found in the Google mobile application now better understands the natural speech of humans and is smarter when it comes to the context of questions people ask.
Apple's Siri – the first mobile digital assistant to the market – is still the most popular, beating out new comers Microsoft's Cortana and Google Now in a survey of users by Expert Exchange.
While Google, Microsoft and IBM jump at the chance to present their artificial intelligence findings, Apple tells its AI workers to not even put who they work for on LinkedIn.
Apple continued to gird its artificial intelligence portfolio recently with the acquisition of a startup called Perceptio. Add that to another recent acquisition, natural language-focused VocalIQ, and it seems that the company is trying to make a push in the increasingly heated mobile digital assistant space.
Apple has purchased VocalIQ, a speech recognition startup that uses artificial intelligence to improve computer-human communication, the Financial Times reported, citing sources close to the transaction.