October 22, 2014

Nuance debuts next-gen Swype keyboard for Android

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Nuance Communications today announced that they’ve released a brand new version of their Swype keyboard for OEMs in the Android hardware business.  Also available for beta testers, the new release features four significant features and improvements designed to offer a more robust keyboard experience.  On the whole, the new Swype keyboard gets smarter each time it is used and adapts to the user.

The four new features in Swype:

  • 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.

We can’t wait to get our hands on the new Swype keyboard and look forward to seeing it implemented in next generation Android smartphones.  In the meanwhile, we’ll be playing around with the beta version and suggest you do, too!