Amazon’s acquisition of Ivona, a text-to-speech software company

Ivona, Text-to-speech software (Credit: Ivona/Google Play)

Amazon.com, Inc. has acquired Ivona, the text-to-speech software company and the company started showing the tagline “An Amazon company” on its site.

The same company worked on Kindle Fire’s Text-to-Speech, Voice Guide and Explore by Touch features and also giving services to developers, businesses and individuals around the world.

Ivona is currently presenting the technology in 44 voices in 17 languages. Give it a try, you will surely find it interesting. The company notes that more voices and languages will available soon.

The company is also working on to design technology for blind and visually impaired people.

IVONA’s exceptional text-to-speech technology leads the industry in natural voice quality, accuracy and ease of use. IVONA is already instrumental in helping us deliver excellent accessibility features on Kindle Fire, including Text-to-Speech, Voice Guide and Explore by Touch,” Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle, said in a statement. “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.”

“For more than ten years, the IVONA team has been focused on creating innovative text-to-speech technologies,” said Lukasz Osowski, CEO and co-founder of IVONA. “We are all thrilled that Amazon is supporting our growth so that we can continue to innovate and deliver exceptional voice and language support for our customers.”