Samsung in Talks to Buy Nuance, According to Wall Street Journal

According to The Wall Street Journal, which cited sources familiar with the matter, Nuance Communications is talking with Samsung regarding a potential sale. Nuance is also reportedly discussing a sale with Apple, which Nuance provides with its mobile assistant Siri.

Nuance markets speech-recognition technology such as Dragon, and its speech-recognition technology is used in smartphones, televisions, and global positioning systems (GPS), as well as in Samsung devices.

While Nuance is most known for its voice-recognition products, it also markets products and services for the digital-imaging market. These include its ecopy products for capturing and routing scanned documents, and which is widely sourced by copier/MFP vendors such as Canon and Xerox. Nuance also provides managed print services, as well as print-management solutions (Equitrac, Safecom, and Copitrak). If Samsung – which has been building its own A3 copier/MFP business in the last several years – does wind up purchasing Nuance, copier/MFP vendors would have to go through Samsung to source Nuance products.

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