ZTE Selects Audience for Flagship Voice Controlled Star 2 Smartphone

Information Technology Press Releases Wednesday December 24, 2014 08:35
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VoiceQ Delivers an Expanded Set of Smarter Voice Control Capabilities

Audience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADNC), the leader in Advanced Voice and a pioneer in Multisensory processing and natural user experience technology for consumer devices, today announced that ZTE has selected the Audience eS704 Advanced Voice Processor for the ZTE Star 2, its latest Flagship voice-controlled smartphone.

"For ZTE's newest flagship device the goal was to offer superior voice control functions that redefine the smartphone user experience," said Adam Zeng, executive vice president for ZTE Corporation. "Collaborating with Audience, our Smart Voice Alliance partner, was the natural choice -- they are recognized leaders in Advanced Voice and their VoiceQ technology is playing an important role in delivering on our strategy to change how our consumers interact with their smart devices."

VoiceQ technology extends the voice experience by keeping the phone in an extremely low-power and "always listening" mode so it is ready to understand and seamlessly acts upon verbal commands without delay or the need to touch the phone. Phone calls, third party applications and media playback can all be enabled without touching the device. The Star 2's voice recognition technology offers a rapid response rate of just 1.2 seconds, with a 90% task success rate even in unusually noisy conditions.(1) Continuous VoiceQ technology includes an added level of personalization by enabling user-selectable wake-up triggers or keywords.

"We are pleased that ZTE has chosen our eS704 processor for this new flagship device. The Star 2 is evidence of how committed ZTE and Audience are to Advanced Voice," said Robert Schoenfield, vice president of Greater China, Audience. "Voice, as the most natural user interface, is offering a new level of disruptive capabilities that can help catalyze a new innovation cycle in the smartphone space."

The ZTE Star 2 features a five-inch dual-layer Gorilla Glass 3 screen, 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP rear camera. It also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU and 16GB ROM, 2GB RAM internal memory and a 2300mAH battery. Numerous online platforms in China are expected to offer the ZTE Star 2 for sale at a price of 2499 RMB. ZTE will be showcasing the Star 2 along with other flagship mobile devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas.

For more information on Audience(R) processors and smart codecs, please go here (http://www.audience.com).
About Audience

Audience, the leader in Advanced Voice, is pioneering multisensory processing and natural user experiences for consumer devices. Its technologies, based on auditory neuroscience, improve the mobile voice experience and enhance speech-based services as well as audio quality for multimedia. In early 2014, the company announced its expansion into multisensory and motion processing. Through the combination of Advanced Voice and multisensory processing, Audience aims to transform the way consumers engage with devices by enabling seamless natural user experiences and context-aware services. The Company's products have been shipped in more than 450 million devices worldwide. For more information, see http://www.audience.com

(1) As measured by ZTE in internal benchmarks.
For more information, contact:
Diane Vanasse
Audience, Inc.

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