Rumour: Tellme API coming to Windows Phone devs with Apollo


Perennial leaker MS_nerd has tweeted that a developer API for Tellme will become available, allowing developers to add “custom actions” for voice commands. This by itself is not news, as we posted way back in August that just such an API was coming.

At the time Bukshteyn, Tellme Senior Director of Sales and Marketing revealed that his team is working on API for speech capabilities found in Windows Phones. With the help of the upcoming Speech API, developers would be able to take advantage of TellMe’s advanced speech technology in their own apps.

He however  added that he had no time frame on when would be released .  MS_nerd was not so shy, saying the API would be part of the next major release, Windows Phone 8 code-named Apollo.

What is particularly interesting would be if “custom actions” would be available globally, meaning apps could actually extend the Windows Phone vocabulary, which makes for a pretty powerful system.

Of course if the rumour is true it means there will be a long wait before we have a better voice command system, but then if there was anything I learned since the release of WP7 it is that a year passes pretty quickly.

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