Nuance Powers Hands-Free Genius Button on New T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide

Nuance Communications' natural language voice technology is now powering the voice-activated, hands-free wake-up commands and mucic search capabilities offered through the Genius Button and Hands-Free mode on the new T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide Android-powered smartphone.

With the Nuance innovations in the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide, customers can now engage the Genius Button using their voice alone through a new wake-up command capability supported in Hands-Free mode. When Hands Free mode is active and the phone is put into an always-listening mode, customers can then wake-up the smartphone with the command of Genius Button to send text and email messages, get directions, search the Web, and find businesses – completely hands-free and eyes-free – while multitasking or for smarter connectivity while driving.

Customers can also access music they have downloaded onto the myTouch 4G Slide using the Genius Button and Hands-Free mode. People search their personal music collection on the device by saying the name of the song, artist, album, or playlist.

Hands-Free mode powered by Nuance also allows people to speak to initiate SMS text messages, have text messages read out as they’re received, reply to text messages, and send them. Hands-Free mode offers the read back of dictated messages to confirm accuracy, providing users the option to easily edit the dictated message as needed. And with Hands-Free mode’s voice-activated caller announcement, users can hear both contact names and numbers without having to look at their phones.

"Genius Button's one-shot voice capabilities allow myTouch customers to simply speak and get instant access to their favorite applications, like email and text messaging, Web search, navigation and now music," said Andrew Morrison, vice president of product management at T-Mobile USA. "Working with Nuance, the Genius Button continues to get even smarter, providing our consumers with a smartphone experience that stands out from the crowd."

"Voice has proven to be an incredibly easy, productive and compelling way to engage the most popular applications on T-Mobile myTouch smartphones, and with the new wake-up command and music access on the myTouch 4G Slide, it's gotten even better," said Michael Thompson, senior vice resident and general manager of Nuance Mobile. "Nuance and T-Mobile have worked together to enable the deep integration of Nuance's hybrid embedded-connected speech capabilities, so with just one simple press of a button or spoken wake-up command, people get access to the features they want, no apps to search for or menus to browse."

Genius Button and Hands-Free mode is powered by the Nuance Voice Control platform that seamlessly wraps embedded and connected speech capabilities into one mobile experience. Offered in two colors – black and khaki – the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide is expected to be available exclusively from T-Mobile on July 27 at T-Mobile retail stores and through select national retailers and dealers.

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