Nuance, Nokia Strike a Partnership Deal

Nuance Communications and Nokia today announced a comprehensive multiyear agreement to deliver innovative mobile speech and predictive text capabilities across a broad range of Nokia mobile devices worldwide. The agreement also establishes a strategic collaboration to advance an open integration framework for advanced input technologies that will foster innovation in the broader mobile developer ecosystem.

Nokia will leverage Nuances mobile input solutions to provide users with a new class of intuitive mobile user interface, enabling improved access to the many mobile applications and services that drive productivity, convenience, safety, and consumer experience. Further, Nuance and Nokia will collaborate on open protocols to which development partners can leverage and extend a rich set of advanced multimodal features, applications, and consumer experiences on Nokia devices. Through a series of open programming interfaces, language models, and development tools, those partners will have access to mobile innovation around advanced multimodal consumer interactions.

"As a mobile industry pioneer, were continually bringing the best devices to market that not only capture our focus regarding design and leading-edge technology, but that also meet the consumers need for innovative, easy-to-use solutions," Lee Williams, senior vice president at Nokia, said in a statement. "By working closely with Nuance on leveraging their broad portfolio of mobile input solutions and to open up a framework for industry collaboration, were not only able to take advantage of their predictive text and speech software solutions, but also help in the creation of a vibrant ecosystem--one wherein the mobile applications and services of tomorrow can develop and flourish at a faster rate than otherwise possible."

"The agreement with Nokia demonstrates the impact of our mobile and predictive text capabilities, and supports our broader vision of an Open Interface Framework that brings the mobile industry together in developing innovative, next-generation mobile solutions," said Steve Chambers, president of the Mobile and Consumer Services division at Nuance. "Nuance and Nokia are working together to enhance the overall mobile user experience, offering consumers a simple, safe, and convenient way to interact with mobile phones. By tapping into our wide portfolio of mobile text and speech text technology, Nokia can make it easier than ever for users to control mobile devices and access advanced mobile applications, services, and content."

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