Whether you like Softie, they are innovative in speech recognition in these few years. I am looking forward for their integration of DBN in many of their products.
Not exactly in ASR but language learning has been a main stay. Look at EnglishCentral, they have been around and kicking well.
When I first learned HMM, I was always hoping to use a scripting language to train the simplest HMM. scipy-learn is one such software.
Voice memo is a huge market. But mobile continus speech recognition is a very challenging task. Yet, with Google technology, I think it should be better than its competitor, Evernote.