acquires IVONA Software

24 Jan 2013

Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet

E-commerce giant has snapped up voice technology specialist IVONA Software for an undisclosed sum.

IVONA provides technologies that power the ‘Text-to-Speech,’ ‘Voice Guide’ and ‘Explore by Touch’ features on Kindle Fire tablets, as well as text-to-speech products and services for developers, businesses and customers.

“The IVONA team shares our passion for innovation and customer obsession, and we look forward to building great products to deliver world-class voice solutions to customers around the world,” said Dave Limp, vice-president, Amazon Kindle.  

Lukasz Osowski, CEO and co-founder of IVONA, said the company is thrilled that Amazon is supporting its growth so it can continue to innovate and deliver “exceptional voice and language support for our customers”.

IVONA offers voice and language portfolios with 44 voices in 17 languages and more in development.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic