ZTE signs deal to include voice control app on its smartphones


Android devices sold by the Chinese manufacturer in 2013 will include ‘Car Mode’ application

ZTE has signed a deal with US voice technology firm Nuance Mobile to include a voice control app on its range of smartphones.

Marketed as ZTE Car Mode, the app will allow full voice control of the brand’s smartphones and will come pre-installed on all of its Android devices for at least the next year.

The app, which works in 25 different languages, will be demonstrated by the Chinese manufacturer at this week’s CES event in Las Vegas.

ZTE Mobile Device Division CTO Kan Yulun said: “Mobile means being connected at any time and any place. By integrating Nuance’s voice technologies as a core part of our Android device lineup and mobile applications, our consumers can simply speak to elicit an intelligent response from their phone – no hands required.”

Nuance Mobile executive vice president and general manager Michael Thompson added: “The results of our collaboration will yield a new global portfolio of intelligent and intuitive Android devices and applications that keep people connected on the go and wherever life takes them.”