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Google acquires natural language understanding startup Api.ai

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Google today said that it s acquired API.ai, a startup with tools for speech recognition and natural language understanding.

Terms of the deal weren t disclosed.In addition to its developers tools, Api.ai offers a conversational assistant app with more than 20 million users.Google did not disclose its plans for integrating the startup s technology.

That will be important, as Google already has tools for natural language understanding and speech recognition, and it has unveiled a Google Assistant that will be available through text messaging interface and the Google Home smart speaker.

API.AI has a proven track record for helping developers design, build and continuously improve their conversational interfaces, Google vice president of engineering Scott Huffman wrote in a blog post.

Over 60,000 developers are using Api.ai to build conversational experiences, for environments such as Slack, Facebook Messenger and Kik, to name just a few.

Api.ai offers one of the leading conversational user interface platforms and they ll help Google empower developers to continue building great natural language interfaces.

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