These days, we use voice-activated technology all across the spectrum – from our mobile phones to our smart TVs, our cars, and our homes.
Voice activation is part of the revolution of convenience we’re all experiencing at the moment, and the leaders in the industry, like Google Home, Apple’s HomePod, and Microsoft’s Invoke, will all play a critical role in the advancement of Voice User Interfaces (or VUI).
Leading the pack is Alexa, developed by Amazon, which has outperformed Siri and a host of other competitors in the area of voice-activated apps and VUI.
Now, Amazon has created the Alexa Skill Kit (ASK) that allows developers to piggyback on the technology and write cloud-based apps that can be downloaded to your smartphone or smart TV for use.
Voice activation is at the forefront of the virtual assistant movement and voice activated apps will become indispensable as we move forward whether we use them for entertainment or utility, and they will have an immense effect on the way we shop, game, and run our homes. You’ll want to work with an app development specialist in order to capitalize on the full range of VUI applications in today’s mobile app and to learn what designers are doing to stay ahead of the curve.
Currently, more than 77 per cent of the population owns a smartphone, and cloud-based-apps can be downloaded to your phone for easy access. Currently, Alexa has over 30,000 thousand tasks it can accept and provide answers for or to, and the list grows as the layers of technology are constantly added through ASK.
Consider iTranslate, a voice-activated app dominating the translation and dictionary market. The company boasts over 60 million downloads, five million active monthly users and four million daily translations.
In the kitchen, you will be amazed by SideChef, a repository of over 4000 recipes with a twist or two. You get the best recipes from real-life chefs and advice from the top food bloggers in the industry.
The best part of this app is that it offers a voice-guided narrative that produces step-by-step instructions that keep the chef using the app focused on the matter at hand — the meal they are making.
New voice activated apps are being released daily to help with personal fitness, grocery shopping, music, and gaming. In the area of security, banks have embraced voice-activated apps to help secure their network and protect customers from theft and fraud.
As we see the need for voice-activated apps growing, new apps will be created to fill every conceivable niche need and to simplify our lives in all areas.
The benefits to integrating voice activation into your next app is twofold. First, you’re launching an app on the cutting edge of technology, allowing it to stand out among the crowd. Second, as VUI becomes increasingly mainstream, you’ll enjoy the advantage of an existing base from which you’ll be able to continue the development of your app’s numerous voice activation features.
Consider seeking out developers who are passionate about innovation and who want to break new ground in this field, so that they will work side by side with you to produce the best possible app for your vision.
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