Jun 20 AT 11:36 AM Anthony Domanico 49 Comments

Nuance announces next-generation Swype keyboard

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Swype has been relatively quiet since it was acquired by Nuance Communications, but have now come out of the woodwork to release the next-generation Swype Keyboard. The update promises to take the Swype keyboard to the next level, with better word prediction, the addition of a personal dictionary, support for 55 different languages, and four input modalities.

The biggest innovation with the current Swype keyboard comes via what Nuance is calling a “living keyboard,” a keyboard that learns your vocabulary and habits for insanely accurate word prediction. Like SwiftKey style word prediction, plus the benefits of a swipe keyboard. If it works as advertised, this could be the perfect mobile keyboard.

The updated Swype will be made available to OEMs soon, meaning the updated Swype should make its way to devices in the next few months. If you absolutely have to check out the updated Swype, you can head to Swype’s beta page to give it a test drive.

If you do check out the new Swype, let us know what you think in the comments.

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Burlington, Mass. – June 20, 2012 – Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced the next-generation Swype keyboard, a four-in-one keyboard that is a revolutionary step forward in the way people communicate and input text on their mobile devices.  Swype now combines touch and voice input with unique adaptive capabilities to understand users’ preferences over time – becoming smarter and more personalized every time they swype, speak, tap and write.

Staying connected has never been more exciting as Swype provides consumers with more choice in how they input text, and now interprets a user’s personal language style – ultimately providing an amazingly fast, flexible, and accurate experience.  New features include:

  • ·       Next Word Prediction:  Swype’s next word prediction is amazingly intelligent as Nuance has integrated capabilities from its renowned 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 their personal dictionary for speech and text, and you can even have Swype 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 no matter how unique or specialized.
  • ·       Language Downloads: Swypers everywhere can communicate in any language they speak, as Swype now supports the download of over 55 languages right from the device.
  • ·       Four-in-One Keyboard: Swype now delivers a 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, simply write letters, words and symbols using their fingertip.  Further, users can switch back and forth between modalities on the fly – providing the ultimate in keyboard personalization.

“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. “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.”

 

Availability

The next-generation of Swype is available for OEMs supporting the Android Platform as well as via an SDK for other operating systems.  Can’t wait for a device? Go to beta.swype.com to download the Swype Beta for Android today.

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