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Ask Ziggy Raises $5 Million In Funding
Users of Apple’s iPhone have Siri, and now it looks like Android users will have their own phone assistant. Ask Ziggy is the Siri alternative for Android (and Microsoft products) users and the company behind the speech recognition program has just raised $5 million in funding.
The money will go towards rapid deployment of the app/program on all Apple, Android and Microsoft products by Q3 2012. Pretty ambitious stuff when you consider that the app will also be deployed on tablets.
CEO of Ask Ziggy, Shai Leib explained some of what makes the speech recognition program different from the competition: “Ask Ziggy’s Natural Speech search engine empowers and expands the user experience and convenience for all mobile devices, not merely cell phones. Speaking directly into a device and getting a voice reply, with zero typing required, is here at last.”
Leib also added that, “This funding will now enable Ask Ziggy to deliver multi-language, accent independent, Natural Speech Personal Assistant Apps running on all devices, including cellular handsets, tablets and even computing headsets, which will immediately change our world.”
Ask Ziggy will need to do a lot more than just be a part of new devices; it will need to work—most of the time. Siri may appear lovable and charming on the commercial but for many iPhone users, she’s a nightmare.
We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Ziggy.