Nuance Announces Swype Living Language Beta – Uses Community for Improvements

| January 7, 2013 | Reply

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Nuance Communications, Inc. is the company behind powerhouses like Dragon Dictation and the Swype text input app. Users generally love or hate the Swype input method of continuous motion, with few falling in the middle, but Nuance is looking to bring more people into the fold with a project called Swype Living Language, currently entering the beta phase. The goal of Living Language is to bring more updates to its predictive text system by allowing users to opt-in to a connected service that learns from analyzing their text-input data.

This project is a continuation of the ‘Hotwords’ project announced last September, Living Language uses crowdsourcing to keep Swype up-to-date with the latest in user parlance. Language dictionaries can make or break a text app, because the more time a user spends working with auto-correct or adding new words to their device library the less likely they are to continue using that service. People expect a text-input app to learn from their personal habits, but now Nuance wants to learn from everyone’s habits and combine them into one super-powerful ever-evolving language dictionary shared amongst all users.

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The system uses “trending words” to determine what phrases are becoming popular and would be expected to be recognized by the app. The service is completely opt-in, and since privacy concerns are a major issue with a crowdsourced program such as this the developers realize there will be many questions about what data is recorded and for how long. If a user opts-in then their text input will be recorded and periodically sent in for evaluation by Nuance systems, and periodic updates will be returned that include updated language libraries and predictive capabilities.

“Swype continues to be the best keyboard in the industry, leading the way with innovations that really work and that people really use – and Swype Living Language is yet another example,” said Aaron Sheedy, vice president, text input, Nuance Mobile.  “By leveraging the cloud and crowd-sourcing input from around the world, Swype provides users with a device that further humanizes interactions through touch—and changes the way our increasingly dynamic language is learned and used.”

Other updates to the Swype system include a growing number of supported languages, including: Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Malay, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish, Thai, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian. Swype also now includes a feature called Smart Editor, which analyzes an entire sentence in the same way that a spelling/grammar check would work in a traditional word processor, and flags potential issues in sentence structure or spelling for users attention.

The new Swype update is in beta, and can be downloaded from the Swype website for OEM’s or SDK for other devices. If you give it a try, be sure to let us know what you think!

Full text of the press release:

Nuance Unveils Swype Living Language

Nuance Innovates Crowd Sourcing for the Keyboard; Swype Living Language Learns from Users around the Globe

Burlington, MA and Las Vegas (CES 2013) – January 7, 2013 – Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced a further evolution of intuitive and intelligent keyboards with the launch of Swype Living Language. An evolution of the Hotwords technology announced in September, Swype Living Language uses crowdsourcing to analyze new words and phrases in real-time, continuously updating our language dictionaries.

The Swype keyboard has undergone a rapid transformation in the last year.  In addition to integrating the power of Dragon voice recognition, Swype has also been augmented by integrating with personalized, intelligent dictionaries that learn and adapt to the words and phrases that people use most.  Now, Swype Living Language allows people who opt-in to share and receive trending words and phrases in real-time, creating an up-to-date, crowd-sourced language model. The result is a predictive input experience that is incredibly simple and fast, with relevant, trending words and phrases supported as you swype, write, speak or tap.

Swype now also features Smart Editor, which analyzes an entire sentence, flagging any potential errors for a quick fix and update, including suggesting the most likely alternatives based on contextual analysis.

Swype has also expanded dictation capabilities and now supports Dragon Dictation in a dozen new languages including Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Malay, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish, Thai, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian.

“Swype continues to be the best keyboard in the industry, leading the way with innovations that really work and that people really use – and Swype Living Language is yet another example,” said Aaron Sheedy, vice president, text input, Nuance Mobile.  “By leveraging the cloud and crowd-sourcing input from around the world, Swype provides users with a device that further humanizes interactions through touch—and changes the way our increasingly dynamic language is learned and used.”

Availability

Download the Swype Beta for Android to any Android device including those with Swype preloaded, by simply visiting http://beta.swype.com. Nuance’s Swype Living Language keyboard is compatible with the Swype Platform which is available for OEMs supporting the Android Platform as well as via an SDK for other operating systems.

Swype is a part of Nuance’s portfolio of voice, touch and natural language understanding innovations that are defining a new generation of intelligent systems and personal assistant technologies, which include Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Dragon Dictate for Mac, Dragon Assistant for Intel-inspired Ultrabooks, Dragon Dictation, Dragon Go!, Dragon Mobile Assistant, Dragon Drive!, Dragon TV, Dragon ID, and Dragon Voicemail to Text.  With Nuance technology, people experience more humanized interactions with the world’s best phones, tablets, computers, cars, TVs, apps and services from leading manufacturers and operators. To learn more visit www.nuancemobilelife.com.

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

Source: Swype

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