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  • "I can’t get enough of Fire HD 10’s hands-free Alexa feature."

    Jeffrey Van Camp,
  • "Last year, we introduced Alexa hands-free on the Fire HD 10 and customers are loving it—in fact, the Fire HD 10 is now our highest-rated Fire tablet"

    Kevin Keith, Amazon Devices General Manager
  • "Faceprint and Voiceprint on the LG V30, they both work really well. I especially like the ‘Face Unlock’ feature."

    Joe Fedewa, Phandroid
  • "The most exciting addition to the Fire HD 10 is the "Alexa Hands-free" mode."

  • "Using Alexa on the Fire HD 10 (2017) is just as easy as it is on the Echo, simply utter her name and then ask or command."

    Simon Hill, TechRadar
  • "The Ecobee4 is the new smart thermostat to beat (Nest who?) "

  • "Even with music blaring, the Sonos One will recognize the Alexa hotword without you having to shout"

    Chris Welch, The Verge
  • "LG has provided various security options so you don’t have to use the fingerprint scanner if you don’t want. You can also unlock the phone with your face, the old school Knock Code or even your voice."

    Chris Martin, TechAdvisor
  • "The Moto Z2 Play takes voice commands a step can do things with a “show me” command...without unlocking or even touching the phone. It only works with my voice for security."

    Dan Seifert, The Verge
  • VoiceGenie users will be able to chat with Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, or Alexa anywhere -- totally hands-free. You just speak the wake word.

  • Ecobee4 Review: The First Smart Thermostat with Alexa

    Tom's Guide
  • VoiceGenie, a solution that allows most wireless headphones to utilize the power of Amazon’s Alexa on the go

    Android Headlines
  • VoiceGenie delivers low-powered speech recognition technology to wireless headphones and headsets.

  • VoiceGenie could change the way we interact with the devices already firmly embedded in our lives -- and it could make voice assistants just as integral.

  • Amazon is relying on voice models that are key components of Sensory’s speech recognition suite.

    Business Intelligence
  • Sensory is enabling what it calls “wakeup words” — that is, terms and phrases that trigger the always-on listening that is a hallmark of assistants like Google Now and Siri — on devices that integrate Amazon’s Alexa.

    Digital Trends
  • Sensory, which focuses on voice recognition, teams up with Alexa's creators to make it easier for third-party developers to create voice-activated devices.

  • Sensory won Best Innovation in Deep Learning at the Alconics awards; First Place in Mobile Security and Privacy at the CTIA Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards; and Star Performer at the Speech Industry Awards, where CEO Todd Mozer also won a Luminary Award.

  • Samsung Partners With Sensory For Face/Voice Biometrics
  • Say out loud 'GoPro, start recording' and the camera starts recording, no fuzzing with buttons.

    Geoffrey Fowler, Wall Street Journal
  • …it works well even at a distance. You just shout "okay Garmin," the lights on the camera will blink, and then you can tell it to do things like start or stop recording, or take a photo.

    The Verge
  • Huawei also created this cool feature to help you find your phone more quickly. It’s called voice wake up, and you can ask your phone “Where are you?” or some other phrase, and your phone will respond, saying, “I’m here,” and play music until you find it.

    Malarie Gokey,
  • The best upgrade to the controls, though, has to be voice control...The Hero5 Black understands seven languages.

    Brent Rose, Wired
  • Most notably though, this new shooter supports voice commands, letting you control it via phrases such as, ‘Okay Garmin, start recording.’

  • GoPro added voice controls for starting and stopping recordings, snapping photos and even tagging highlights in your clips by saying "That was sick!" and "Oh sh*t!" It works really well, and there are currently 10 commands and support for seven languages.

    Sean O'Kane, The Verge
  • So if the cloud’s not private, how can your TV respond to voice commands? Simple. Use speech-recognition services that are baked right into the TV – no cloud required.

    Ted Kritsonis, Digital Trends
  • Voice commands are where both Hero 5 cameras flex their smarts.

    Geoffrey Fowler, Wall Street Journal
  • One of the coolest features on the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 is the ability to use your voice to control the camera.

  • Of particular interest is the fact that TrulySecure is an on-device biometric identification system that does not rely on a connection to the cloud. Many users prefer this approach because they do not wish for their biometric data to be replicated and stored outside of their personal devices.

    Max Maxfield, EE Times
  • TrulySecure works by watching and listening as you repeat a passphrase a couple times. The system tracks the way your lips move and registers the unique attributes of your voice.

    Josh Ong, The Next Web
  • Given Qualcomm’s prominence as a mobile technology developer and the technological advancement on display in its latest offerings, the partnership reflects very well on the confidence the company has in Sensory’s technology.

    Alex Perala, Mobile ID World
  • With touchless control, Motorola and Google upped the ante.

    Eric Mack, CNET
  • Speech recognition company Sensory is expanding into the computer vision space with a new smartphone security client that uses both voice and face recognition to lock down your phone.

    Kevin Fitchard, Gigaom
  • MotoX is a fantastic phone with many great features. My favorite is Touchless Control… Ask it the weather, to call a friend or do a Google search, and it'll just do it, and you never have to touch the phone.

    Pete Pachal, Mashable
  • Sensory is continuing to exhibit leadership in handsfree control by allowing a secure multimodal biometric that doesn’t require touching devices to make them work.

    Dan Miller, Opus Research
  • Touchless the most useful feature [on Moto X].

    David Pogue, NY Times
  • The defining feature of the Moto X is it’s a virtual ear, always straining to hear its owner’s voice say three magic words that will rouse it to action: "Okay, Google Now."

    Steven Levy, WIRED
  • The phone [Moto X] has all the standard features expected of today’s top smartphone, with a twist: the ability to control the phone by talking to it, without lifting a finger.

    The New York Times
  • The voice-response system, called BlueGenie is surprisingly accurate for such a small device. It's better than the voice system in my Blackberry phone.

    US News and World Report
  • [BlueGenie is] an intuitive voice control system...the finest voice recognition user interface we've seen.

    Good Gear Guide
  • Sensory is trying to revolutionize voice and speech recognition by creating TrulyHandsfree, which looks to evolve our interactions with our smart devices.

    Talk Android
  • It may not seem like much, but that little detail of getting the phone to wake up via a voice command - which Sensory calls ‘TrulyHandsfree’ - is one of the trickiest.

  • With its dual biometric factors, AppLock comes closer to the security-and-convenience ideal than I've ever seen.

    Mike Feibus, usatoday

Knowles and Lenovo Collaborate on the PHAB2 and PHAB2 Plus to Enable More Voice Features and Clearer Calls Anytime, Anywhere

ITASCA, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 10, 2016–

PHAB2 and PHAB2 Plus will feature the world’s first “always listening” smart microphone inside one of the most advanced audio systems in the smartphone industry, enabling new features and supporting a longer battery life.

Today, Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN), a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and specialty component solutions, celebrates the launch of the Lenovo PHAB2 and PHAB2 Plus, and the first customer adoption of Knowles’ VoiceIQ™ smart microphone. The high-performance SiSonic™ microphone is paired with best-in-class audio software and voice processing from Knowles to create one of the most advanced audio systems in the mobile consumer electronics industry. The products were launched at Lenovo Tech World in San Francisco on June 9.

“By developing intelligent audio solutions around our high-performance microphones, our engineering team enables thinner, lighter and more powerful devices, like the Lenovo PHAB2 and PHAB2 Plus,” said Paul Dickinson, president, Mobile Consumer Electronics, Intelligent Audio, Knowles Corporation. “We recognize that customers need more than a better microphone, they need an innovative audio solution partner with unique capabilities in acoustics, digital signal processing and software. The result of our approach is advanced audio solutions that enable new features, such as always-on voice-wake applications.”

As consumers increasingly use mobile devices to access social media apps, make and receive calls, view and create videos, and use voice-activated applications, it is critical that audio quality and voice clarity enhance the user’s experience and overall system performance.

“Lenovo is pleased to incorporate Knowles’ VoiceIQ smart microphone, algorithms, and voice processor into our PHAB2 and PHAB2 Plus,” said Hua Zhang, vice-president, Chrome and Android Computing Business Group, Lenovo. “Knowles’ best-in-class microphones in the PHAB2 and PHAB2 Plus are a part of our commitment to deliver the best value in smartphones through ultimate noise-cancelling performance at amazing prices.”

A Complete Audio Solution from Knowles

As the leader in audio innovation, Knowles’ engineering team collaborated with Lenovo to implement an audio system that leverages Knowles’ expertise in hardware, software, and signal processing. The solution includes:

VoiceIQ Smart Microphone: Now consumers can wake-up their device and launch specific commands from across a room, rather than touching a button or the screen to activate a digital assistant or interface. The world’s first “always-listening” smart microphone is capable of automatically adapting its performance to the environment and enabling voice interfaces with significant power savings. This microphone uses new audio system pathway that integrates an audio processing algorithm with acoustic activity detection* directly into a digital microphone. As a result, the microphone recognizes when the audio chain should be awakened and when it should remain in sleep mode, positively impacting battery life.

Software Solutions: These intelligence algorithms mimic the way the human brain processes audio. The software’s innovative voice processing improves call clarity and speech recognition, which enables PHAB2 and PHAB2 Plus users to be heard in noisy environments, such as an airport or busy city center!

Advanced noise suppression at distances greater than 5 meters. While traditional voice communication and speech recognition fail at distances greater than an arm’s length, Knowles advanced algorithms allow users great flexibility for users to be heard when they need to set their phone down or wake-up a digital assistant from across the room.

Voice compass identifies tracks and selectively listens to a user’s voice, while simultaneously suppressing the background noise. This allows users to record conversations in noisy environments, or use voice-controlled applications while listening to music or watching a movie.

Automatic speech recognition assist enhances the PHAB2 and PHAB2 Plus’ speech recognition and comprehension for voice-enabled smartphone apps and digital assistants. As a result, the smartphone has a better understanding of voice commands and delivers more accurate features, like talk-to-text.

  eS800 Series Voice Processor: The engine for Knowles software solutions, the eS800 series is a stand-alone voice processor with the highest performance and richest voice feature set in the market. The voice processor enables a flawless execution of the important capabilities related to voice commands, speech recognition, and noise suppression. The eS800 series ensures vivid high-definition sound, so PHAB2 or PHAB2 Plus users sound like their sitting next to the person on the other end of the phone.

The Knowles technology used in this device began shipping in June 2016. For more information on the PHAB2 and PHAB2 Plus, visit For more information about Knowles unique capabilities and approach to audio solutions, visit

*The VoiceIQ smart microphone uses an audio processing algorithm with acoustic activity detection licensed from Sensory, Inc. This algorithm is embedded directly into a SiSonic MEMS microphone from Knowles.

About Knowles Corporation

Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) is a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and specialty component solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications, medical, military, aerospace, and industrial markets. Knowles uses its leading position in MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) microphones and strong capabilities in audio processing technologies to optimize audio systems and improve the user experience in smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Knowles is also the leader in acoustics components used in hearing aids and has a strong position in high-end oscillators (timing devices) and capacitors. Knowles’ focus on the customer, combined with unique technology, proprietary manufacturing techniques, rigorous testing and global scale, enables it to deliver innovative solutions that optimize the user experience. Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, Knowles has employees in 15 countries around the world. For more information, visit

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Roxanne Pipitone
Knowles Communications
Mike Knapp
Knowles Investor Relations