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The audience votes have been tallied, the judges have convened, and now we’ve got this year’s winners for our MobileBeat Innovation Showdown.

Expect Labs, a company that has developed innovative voice-powered prediction technology, is the winning early-stage company, while marketing automation company Appboy is the late-stage winner. Both companies will receive introductions to investors and potential customers and additional prizes.

Earlier today, Expect Labs announced an updated API that lets developers bring voice-powered context searching to any connected device. Appboy announced that its technology can now test six types of messaging to mobile app users at once.

“AI scientists have been promising this Star Trek future where we can ask our devices and see what we need,” said Expect Labs founder and CEO TIm Tuttle in an interview with VentureBeat. “For the first time, we have the technology to make that possible.”

Thanks to Sequoia Capital for sponsoring our Innovation Showdown.

VentureBeat founder and CEO Matt Marshall with Appboy CTO Bill Magnuson

Above: VentureBeat founder and CEO Matt Marshall with Appboy CTO Bill Magnuson

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