We get that question alot (though phrased in a variety of ways).
Today’s New York Times story HERE reminded us to bring up the topic in this post.
We could readily integrate our platform with server-side voice recognition or within native-apps – But, we don’t feel that the majority of mobile applications we produce really require it. In fact, we believe that text-based engagement (private, personal) is preferable in most “mobile” situations.
That said, as we review the presentation slides from IgnitionWEST and other places, we are struck by how 50% or more time with mobile and tablets is concurrent with television viewing. In general, internet connectivity also runs concurrent with the evening hours of television viewing.
One place we see a real opportunity to incorporate voice-recognition with our applications is specific to the emerging space of “television to mobile” content and ad extenstions. When someone is in the privacy of their own home (on the couch), the ability to speak may be better than or equal to text (we’ll always offer the option for both). From a technical standpoint, this also means the user will be in an environment with less ambient noise (traffic, etc.)…
So, it’s something we’re starting to tinker with. It’s pretty straight forward — We just want to apply it to the “right” application, not do it for the sake of adding something that doesn’t really add value to the End User.
Look for updates on this in Q2 2012 (soon!).