Tellme, a Microsoft
subsidiary and pioneer of voice services, announced the first mobile voice
service to combine content and communications, simplifying how people interact
with their phones every day. Unlike other voice-based services, Tellme is the
first to allow people to press one button, say what they want and get it,
whether that is to send a text, make a call or search for information. Tellme
has designed a unique version of this experience specifically for Windows phones
due out this fall. The new service puts many of the most popular phone functions
behind a single button.
Windows phone users just press the side button of their phone to:
- Send a text by saying "text" to open a text box, then speak the text
message and send to call anyone in their contact list
- Initiate a call simply by saying "call" and then the name of anyone in
their contact list
- Search the Web with Microsoft Live Search by speaking your request, such
as "weather in San Francisco, California", "Pizza in Kansas City" or
"mother's day gift ideas"
"Because it's so intuitive, we believe there is a real opportunity for
voice to materialize as the leading user interface for the phone," said
Dariusz Paczuski, senior director of consumer services at Tellme. "By
bringing voice access to calling, texting and searching together we reduce
'menu surfing' on phones and make the convenience of voice more tangible for
In a head to head comparison, it's clear why people prefer voice over touch.
For example, it requires four touches and more than 20 keystrokes to find a
business with the Apple iPhone, while it only takes one button push and one
verbal command to find the same business with Tellme. Tellme's research shows
similar results for other tasks, such as making calls, sending text messages and
searching for content like traffic, movies, news and sports.
"For example, we've integrated voice access to Live Search on all Sprint
Instinct phones and subscribers love it," continued Paczuski. "In fact,
we've seen impressive adoption of voice with 82 % of search queries on
Instinct phones initiated by voice."
Finally, in a recent study conducted by Sanderson Studios, more than 70 % of
respondents said that voice is superior to keypad or touch-based methods to
perform some of the most popular mobile tasks. This includes looking up a
business listing or location (78 %), sending a text message (72 %), placing a
call (79 %), getting information such as movies, weather, traffic or sports (77
%) and getting directions (81 %).
For the past decade, Tellme has been pioneering voice services for businesses
and consumers, answering billions of calls every year and helping millions of
people get the information they need simply by speaking a request. Now the
convenience of voice is coming to Windows phones, bringing people closer to the
things they want by providing easier access to more of the phone's
functionality. With Tellme, people using the latest Windows phones will be able
to simply say what they want, such as "call mom" or "text Jim" or "pizza," and
results display on the screen.
Tellme will be available for free on
Mobile 6.5 phones in the Fall 2009 when the phones hit store shelves.
Initially available in the
for Mobile store, Tellme will also make the service available for free to
mobile operators and carriers to embed 'on-device' for a voice experience right
out of the box.
A Windows Mobile version for pre-6.5 Windows Phones isn't planned yet.
Cheers ~ Arne