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."
According to Uncrunched, Nuance has acquired mobile text input company Swype for a whopping $100 million. The deal has not been announced, but Arrington claims to have a source close to the matter, and this would be a match made in phone keyboard heaven. What does this mean for users of Swype?
If you kicked yourself for missing it the first time around, act fast and go grab the Swype Beta software for Android, which is once again open for a limited time, Swype announced in a forum post.
This is actually a new version of Swype, so even if you're already participating in the beta program, you may want to snag the latest release. Now in version 188.8.131.5270, this latest release adds a new Double-Tap-to-Edit mode, in which a user can tap a word twice to bring up the word choice window, as well as other feature enhancements and bug fixes.
Swype doesn't open its beta very often, so if you're even remotely interested in seeing what all the fuss is about, start clicking: