DoCoMo to enhance cloud services for Android smartphones and tablets

NTT DoCoMo announced today that it will enhance its docomo cloud services for Android smartphones and tablets from November by upgrading its popular voice-command personal agent service, Shabette-Concier, and introducing cloud-compatible versions of the phonebook and email services for DoCoMo Android devices. DoCoMo also will expand the number of apps and voice-operable phone functions to over 100, a more than tenfold increase. Over 30 popular characters will be added as avatars that users can have fun interacting with. Each avatar speaks and responds in its own distinctive voice thanks to the same cloud technology that processes all voice synthesis over the DoCoMo network.

Shabette-Concier is an advanced voice interface that allows users to acquire information and operate handset functions by speaking naturally into a smartphone. The upgrade will enable the service to respond more accurately by taking into account user attributes such as age and gender, and by nearly doubling the searchable information categories to over 30. Categories for maps, train timetables, driving directions, horoscopes and many others will make DoCoMo’s agent service more personal and practical than ever. The free Shabette-Concier service, which requires subscription to DoCoMo’s sp-mode Internet connection service, will be preinstalled in DoCoMo’s 2012 Winter smartphones and tablet to be released starting in November.

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