Audience's VoiceQ keeps smartphone ears perked for your commands

At CES 2014, Audience's family of processors offer accurate always-on voice command technology in mobile devices, without draining battery.

Audience eS700 series of voice processors
VoiceQ is featured in Audience's eS700 suite of Advanced Voice processors. Audience

LAS VEGAS -- Although you may have never heard of Audience, the California-based company manufactures voice and audio processors found in several well-known devices, including the LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S4, and Google Nexus 10 tablet.

Today at CES, it announced a new family of four audio processors and codecs. Dubbed the "eS700 series," the suite features VoiceQ software, which enable users to activate commands on their mobile devices using only their voice.

For instance, you can wake up your smartphone or have your tablet play music by simply saying a key, preprogrammed phrase like "OK, phone, [play music]."

Audience VoiceQ illustration
An illustration of how Audience's VoiceQ will operate on a mobile device. Audience

Audience stated that its eS700's VoiceQ functionality is low-powered, with the always-on voice sensing requiring less than 1mA to run. In addition, the company reported that it made advances in its processors so that they can be more accurate, operate reliably even in noisy environments, and allow developers to create apps that will take advantage of touchless controls.

Though we've seen this technology before, the popularity of continuous voice command services are growing in mobile products. When the Moto X launched in August 2013, for instance, Motorola and Google emphasized its touchless control in comical video ads . It was rumored last summer that LG will package a similar service on its upcoming handsets as well.

Check out more of CNET's CES 2014 coverage.

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Lynn La is CNET's associate editor for cell phone and smartphone news and reviews. Prior to coming to CNET, she wrote for the Sacramento Bee and was a staff editor at Macworld. In addition to covering technology, she has reported on health, science, and politics.

 

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