Nuance Communications, a major player in voice recognition software (think Dragon NaturallySpeaking) and the driving force behind Apple's Siri voice assistant, is making the most out of its Swype acquisition, which it purchased in October 2011 for more than $100 million. The latest Swype build, available now in beta form, is a four-in-one keyboard Nuance describes as "a revolutionary step forward in the way people communicate and input text on their mobile device."
The four-in-one keyboard design offers up four input modes on a single keyboard. You can 'swype' from letter to letter, of course, as well as type rapidly with predictive text input powered by XT9, speak naturally using the integrated Dragon button, or write letters using your fingertip.
"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."
Swype will adapt to your lingo via voice-text dictionary syncing. When you input a new word on the keyboard, it gets added to the your personal dictionary for speech and text. Swype also learns from emails, texts, and posts, Nuance says.
The latest build is already available for OEMs supporting Android an via and SDK. If you're feeling impatient, you can download the Sywpe Beta for Android by going to beta.swype.com.