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Adobe acquires Sayspring voice platform startup

Adobe has today announced the acquisition of Sayspring, a New York-based startup that aims to make it easier for everyone to build voice-based apps that integrate with virtual assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant.

Founded in 2017, New-York based Sayspring has technology that makes it easy to design voice applications without coding. The full Sayspring team will join Adobe on Tuesday, April 17, and we’ll begin to integrate the technology into our product portfolio. Details about our plans for Adobe voice solutions will be communicated at a later date, in the meantime Sayspring customers will continue to have access to the platform.

Adobe made the announcement in a blog post, calling the acquisition of Sayspring the “next step forward” for its voice interface efforts. The company isn’t sharing financial details of the deal, but says that the full Sayspring team will join Adobe, working to integrate the technology into the Adobe suite of products.

“The way we interact with our devices is at a significant inflection point,” said Abhay Parasnis, executive vice president and CTO. “We’re moving beyond the keyboard and mouse and even our touch screens to using something that is even more natural — our voice — to interact with technology. Voice tech is growing fast, and we strongly believe it must become an integral part of Adobe’s portfolio moving forward. We’re excited to welcome Sayspring to Adobe, and we’re looking forward to putting the technology to work to empower more people to create next-generation voice experiences.”

For those unaware, Adobe has been testing the waters when it comes to bringing voice control to its applications. At its Adobe MAX keynote last year, the company previewed prototype versions of Photoshop and XD powered by Adobe Sensei. Adobe says it plans to turn Sensei into a creative assistant, adding voice recognition capabilities into its various applications.

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