November 28, 2014

Nuance's Flex T9 Gives Android Users Input Choice

Nuance, makers of the Dragon Naturally Speaking software, has announced a new app called FlexT9.  Nuance is claiming FlexT9 combines Dragon dictation, T9 Trace, T9 Write and XT9 to allow Android users a number of choices to input information into their Android powered handset.  Simply put, users can speak, trace, write or tap their info in, using the different predictive text technologies mentioned above.

The app runs $4.99 and can be downloaded from the Android Market.  It runs on either Android 2.1 or 2.2, and replaces the Android keyboard on your handset.  You can use the barcode below to go right to the download page.  Let us know how it works for you!

Full press release is below.

2011 International CES

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced Nuance FlexT9, a downloadable app for Android that combines Dragon Dictation, T9 Trace, T9 Write and XT9 and replaces the existing virtual keypad for an amazingly seamless universal input experience. With FlexT9, Android users can finally choose how they communicate and stay connected in the ways that best match their mobile lifestyle, whether they speak, trace, write, tap – or all of the above.

“FlexT9 breaks the mold of the traditional mobile experience, giving consumers the power to speak, write, trace or tap whenever, wherever they want. It’s customization, control and convenience – and it’s all completely in the hands of the consumer.”

FlexT9 delivers the industry’s first truly multimodal input experience. FlexT9 combines Nuance’s trusted voice and predictive touch offerings in a simple, easy-to-use all-in-one keyboard interface that allows users to effortlessly and dynamically toggle between modalities with just a simple tap. With FlexT9, the Android keypad is transformed to let users:

  • Speak: Nuance’s incredibly successful Dragon Dictation app has been downloaded by millions of iPhone users around the world to turn talk into text, and is now available as part of FlexT9 with full Dictate Anywhere capabilities on Android. So anytime and anywhere you want speak your text, you can – emails, SMS text messages, Facebook and Twitter updates, web searches, instant messaging and more.
  • Trace: Continuous touch input has become one of the hottest and fastest ways to input text for messaging and emailing on a mobile device. With T9 Trace, users easily glide their finger from one letter to the next on the virtual keypad. T9 Trace leverages all of the leading features of Nuance’s renowned XT9 text input solution, creating an incredibly accurate and fast text input experience.
  • Write: With T9 Write, users can simply use their finger to write naturally shaped letters, entire words and phrases, numbers, symbols, accented characters and more on the touchscreen, and instantly see results.
  • Tap: Nuance’s renowned XT9 predictive text input technology ships on billions of phones around the world, and is at the core of FlexT9 to enable next word prediction, word completion, Sloppy-Type ™ word error correction, spell correction, and much more across the entire input experience, including T9 Write and T9 Trace.

So whether you’re text messaging with friends, emailing colleagues, updating your Facebook status from the basketball game, or searching the Web for tips on how to keep that New Year’s resolution, FlexT9 lets you decide how you stay connected.

“Universal input is in high demand across the mobile ecosystem as devices become increasingly sophisticated, with more computing power, cloud connectivity and of course, touchscreen interfaces. Consumers need more than just voice or just text input to stay connected across a host of apps and services,” said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “FlexT9 breaks the mold of the traditional mobile experience, giving consumers the power to speak, write, trace or tap whenever, wherever they want. It’s customization, control and convenience – and it’s all completely in the hands of the consumer.”

Availability

FlexT9 is currently available for download in the Android App Store for $4.99, supporting Android OS v2.1 and v2.2. To download, visit market://search?q=pname:com.nuance.flext9.input. To learn more visit www.dragonmobileapps.com.



  • http://muddypa.ws/blog Nick Portelli

    So this is the newer version of ShapeWriter?

    • http://www.chuckfalzone.com Chuck Falzone

      That’s right, they got bought by Nuance, didn’t they?

    • A Welch

      Interface is nothing like Shapewriter. No numbers keypad and doesn’t seem to recognize as well

  • Bob

    It’s horrible! The UI looks like crap! And the trace functions are all over the place.

  • B-Rose

    This may be noteworthy: there a bunch of people on CyanogenMod forums who are saying it doesn’t work on Cyanogen6. I’m one of those people. The tracing is all over the place. I mean, it’s completely unusable. It’s really too bad because I was hoping this would be my new keyboard. Hoping they get this ironed out.

  • Steven Filbert

    Can’t get this to open on my droid.

  • Scottmm

    For a short text or email works great BUT trying to dictate after a meeting, couple of short paragraphs, then text or email to myself…. says it loses connection or longer text messages show an error??? But short message work fine?

    Please help!

    Scott

  • Pauline

    Fantastic app used it now fo about two weeks. Works perfect. With so many input options it is a real winner. Trying to find out how to delete some words from the dictionary.
    Best wishes, Pauline

  • Pauline

    Fantastic app used it now fo about two weeks. Works perfect. With so many input options it is a real winner. Trying to find out how to delete some words from the dictionary.
    Best wishes, Pauline

  • Pauline

    Fantastic app used it now fo about two weeks. Works perfect. With so many input options it is a real winner. Trying to find out how to delete some words from the dictionary.
    Best wishes, Pauline

  • Pauline

    Fantastic app used it now fo about two weeks. Works perfect. With so many input options it is a real winner. Trying to find out how to delete some words from the dictionary.
    Best wishes, Pauline

    • Hoister16

      Did you ever figure it out

  • http://twitter.com/LipertyTweet Steven Main

    This works fine for me on Cyanogenmod 7.0.2 – speech, trace, write and tap – HTC DHD

  • http://www.facebook.com/j.eric.miller J Eric Miller

    I love this keyboard, the “swype” style works great, the normal style input works great, the voice recognition seems to work better than the stock android o Samsung keyboards on the Samsung Mesmerize.

    They added more buttons to the main keyboard, which at first I did not like as I am a large man with large fingers, but I have gotten used to it, now it is faster, not having to go to another screen for those symbols.

  • hypertencio

    way better than vlingo, best keyboard yet. only snafoo is that if you have a spelling error you cant move your cursor very easily. Seems like it would be an easy fix for tech wizards.

  • Chris Payne

    I have been using Flex T9 for several months now on my HTC desire, (android 2.1 now 2.2) works very well roughly one correction in 20 words but often none in typical replies etc. Swipe is fine with the messages I don’t want overheard and keyboard is much quicker to use because of natural language prediction. A great investment. The only problem I have is it now takes 15.4 8MB ofRAM 9.6 4MB for her, the rest for data, this is a very high cost on such an old smartphone, but it is totally reliable and a beautiful interface.

    This reply was dictated using FlexT9. I made a break to show where it proccesses voice in one go(E.G. 8MB of RAM 9.6 4MB ) Then finished rest of text clicked Done and all except this paragraph pasted without need to correct.
    It’ not perfect but it is the best £2.99 uk£ that I have spent, no app or service get’s used so much. I just hope I can use it on my next upgrade as it has made android inteface 100% better.
    Only thing I regret is I got the app to link to Nuance natrually speaking which I now rarely use, just email text to myself!

  • Neatz

    I absolutely love this app Flex T9 on my HTC. Phone decided I needed storage space and although I purchased the app it has now been wiped. Now I can’t get it back from the app store – very miserable. I love this app!