Nuance Launches Next-Generation Swype
Nuance Communications has unveiled the next-generation Swype keyboard, a four-in-one keyboard that combines touch and voice input with adaptive capabilities to understand user preferences over time.
New features include:
- Next Word Prediction: Nuance has integrated capabilities from its XT9 portfolio. Swype gets "smarter" based on historical usage, so prediction becomes more accurate with each use.
- Voice-Text Dictionary Syncing: Swype now includes a personal dictionary. Every new word a user enters on the keyboard gets added to a personal dictionary for speech and text, and Swype can learn from emails, texts, and posts. These updates are then mapped into Swype's unified language model, so people can immediately speak or write that same word.
- Language Downloads: Swype now supports the download of over 55 languages right from the device.
- Four-in-One Keyboard: Swype now delivers four input modalities in one keyboard. People can Swype from letter to letter; type rapidly with predictive text input powered by XT9; speak their text naturally through a fully integrated Dragon button; or write letters, words, and symbols via fingertips. Users can also switch back and forth between modalities on the fly.
"People use their keyboards every day in every way—so input needs to be fast and simple," said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile, in a statement. "The new Swype living, learning keyboard ushers in a new era of input, where the keyboard adapts to the users' unique way of communicating every time they swype, speak, tap, or write."
The next-generation of Swype is available for OEMs supporting the Android Platform as well as via a software development kit for other operating systems. A beta version is also available.
[Editor's Note: The original headline of this story incorrectly included the product name "Skype," instead of "Swype." The headline has been updated. We regret the error.]"
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