Samsung’s recent collaboration with Voicebox Technologies spelt nothing but disaster for the latter. Following the sudden ban of the Galaxy note 7, Voicebox Technologies, that had expanded its workforce to meet the Samsung project demands, was seen cutting its workforce recently, further bringing the company in the bad light.
The company has always been known for its services as one of the top most speech recognition software suppliers to big brands. Major companies like Toyota and TomTom have been using their services for a long time. Perhaps the biggest turning point in the history if the company came when VoiceBox partnered with Samsung to provide them with the SVoice software, on the top most flagships including the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Little did they now that this move would backfire so soon.
In order to meet the space requirements of the growing staff, the company had leased a huge facility, in Bellevue, Washington, where the company has always been housed. Totalling to a monstrous 67,400 square feet in dimension, the space began to serve as the new office for voicebox technologies since November. According to the company, this sudden decision of putting the project aside was not an easy decision, considering the fact that the year had been particularly good in terms of delivery of new products and improvements in their existing technology. In a recent statement the company said that it would use the restructured workforce in its fullest capacity to develop the Connected Car Market even more than before. Platform, NLU, Embedded ASR, Cloud ASR and Developer Experience will all see major developments.
Although the company spoke about how hard it would be to see the staff go, it made sure that the inside information regarding the next major step by the company. How many people will be affected by this will again be the burning question, but so far, Voicebox Technologies has chosen not to talk about it.