A Defining Moment for Nuance

Nuance Communications' voice technology now powers the voice search capabilities behind the new Merriam-Webster app for iPhone. Merriam-Webster is the latest mobile app to take advantage of the voice recognition capabilities at the heart of the Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search apps downloaded by millions around the world.

The free Merriam-Webster app brings America's most useful and respected dictionary right to your iPhone. In addition to all the definitions from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the app’s voice search capabilities let consumers look up a word by simply saying it, versus trying to spell out difficult or unfamiliar words. The app also provides users with synonyms, antonyms, example sentences, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, and more.

“For 150 years, Merriam-Webster has been working on making dictionaries easier to use. Integrating Nuance's voice recognition capabilities into our app contributes to that evolution, and makes looking up a word more intuitive and for a lot of people more enjoyable,” said Miles Kronby, chief digital product officer at Merriam-Webster, in a statement.

“Mobile consumers need a quick, easy, and effective way to access information and data, and nothing is more intuitive or natural than the human voice. We’ve made it incredibly easy for developers like Merriam-Webster to optimize their app experience with our core Dragon voice technology, creating an ecosystem of voice-enabled applications that let consumers get the most out their mobile devices,” said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager of Nuance Mobile, in a statement.

To download the free Merriam-Webster app, visit http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/merriam-webster-dictionary/id399452287?mt=8.

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