Nuance launches next-generation Swype keypad

20 Jun 2012

Nuance Communications claims that the latest version of the Swype keypad gets smarter every time you use it, with the ability to interpret a user’s personal language style in order to ultimately provide a fast, flexible and accurate experience.

Announced today, the next-generation Swype keypad combines touch and voice input with adaptive capabilities that can understand user’s preferences over time.

What that means is the more you use the new Swype keypad – whether by speaking, typing or swiping – the smarter it will become.

The new keypad allows for four input modes: swiping from letter to letter, typing with predictive text, voice control or simple tap-to-type. Switching between input modes can be done on the fly, allowing for great ease in achieving the settings you need.

“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 at 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 swipe, speak, tap or write.”

New features

The latest version of Swype uses advanced next-word prediction, which integrates Swype’s XT9 portfolio and predicts what you’ll type next based on historical usage, becoming more accurate with each use.

The new Swype also includes a personal dictionary, which builds up every time a user types a new word and can even learn new words from emails, texts and posts. These updates are then mapped into Swype’s unified language model.

The latest version supports 55 languages, all of which are available to download.

The next-generation of Swype is available for OEMs supporting the Android platform as well as via an SDK for other operating systems. If you can’t wait for it to arrive on your next device, you can always download and try out the Swype Beta for Android. However, the pre-release trial version is installed at your own risk.

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