Adobe bets on voice and acquires Sayspring

Adoble closed the acquisition of Sayspring yesterday, the company announced. Adobe says that “searching the web, shopping online and queueing up your music playlist is as easy as uttering a few commands thanks to the rise of voice technology. Fast becoming our go-to way of interacting with technology, it’s estimated that 55% or 70 million U.S. households will have a smart device like Amazon Echo, Google Home or Sonos One by the year 2022.”

Founded in 2017, New-York based Sayspring has technology that makes it easy to design voice applications without coding. The full Sayspring team will join Adobe on Tuesday, April 17, and Adobe will begin to integrate the technology into Adobe´s portfolio. According to Adobe, details about the plans for Adobe voice solutions will be communicated at a later date. Sayspring customers will continue to have access to the platform.

“The way we interact with our devices is at a significant inflection point,” said Abhay Parasnis, executive vice president and CTO. “We’re moving beyond the keyboard and mouse and even our touch screens to using something that is even more natural — our voice — to interact with technology. Voice tech is growing fast, and we strongly believe it must become an integral part of Adobe’s portfolio moving forward. We’re excited to welcome Sayspring to Adobe, and we’re looking forward to putting the technology to work to empower more people to create next-generation voice experiences.”

The announcement of Mark Webster, Sayspring’s Founder

We’re excited to announce that Sayspring is now part of Adobe.

Since we first launched about a year ago, our team has been on a mission to provide creators with the tools they need to work with voice technology, no coding required. This aligns tightly with Adobe’s vision to give everyone – from emerging artists to global brands – everything they need to design and deliver exceptional digital experiences.

The popularity of voice assistants and smart speakers continues to grow. Already, about half of U.S. adults use voice assistants and voice will be a part of every digital interaction within a few years. Now, as part of Adobe, Sayspring will be able to continue pursuing our mission at the scale required for the growing and fast-moving voice ecosystem.

Our entire team will be joining Adobe, and there are some updates we wanted to share:

Sayspring is now free
We’re dropping our paid plans for the near term so all Sayspring users will have access to our premium features.

Sayspring is now available via invite
To use Sayspring, you will now need to request an invite. Select invitations will be sent out on a rolling basis. If you’d like to submit a request, you can do that here.

There’s more to come
We’re continuing to develop Sayspring as part of Adobe, with new features coming soon, so keep an eye out.

We appreciate the enthusiasm and support our community has shown for Sayspring, and we remain dedicated to helping everyone create great work.