Voice to text is a huge deal and becoming bigger all the time. It’s now incredibly useful on our desktop computers, on our cell phones and even in a variety of cars these days. I love using Dragon dictation on my iPhone and iPad. The speed and accuracy of it are remarkable. Unfortunately because of limitations Apple places on what applications are able to access you can only create new text in the app itself. That means you are unable to directly reply to e-mails using voice to text on the iPhone and you can only create text and then copy it to a different application. It’s a few steps that are not difficult but are a bit cumbersome.
That is one of the clear advantages that Android devices have over the iPhone and the iPad. You can use voice to input text pretty much anywhere there is a text input window. Up until today the only options available for Google’s voice to text application and Vlingo. Both worked well enough but were not quite reliable enough to use all the time and to rely upon heavily.
That changed this morning when Nuance released their new android application NUANCE FLEXT9. The application is primarily focused on their continuous text input method that uses their T9 predictive text. It is competing directly with the well love application Swype but it has a text recognition accuracy that is unbelievable.
I quickly became a believer in using it as an input method on my Android device. What is not fully recognize or appreciated, however, is that with the new keyboard you also get access to Nuance’s Dragon Dictation. That’s right you can now use voice anywhere where you are inputting text on an Android handset. It costs just $4.99 and the accuracy is amazing.
I have been wondering when this amazing voice to text technology would be available for Android and it turns out that happened this morning. It’s worth reading the full release and then downloading the application. If you have an android handset I highly recommend it. It works beautifully on the Samsung Galaxy Tab and, in fact, it’s how I just wrote this post.
NUANCE FLEXT9 BRINGS UNIVERSAL INPUT
NUANCE FLEXT9 REVOLUTIONIZES UNIVERSAL INPUT
Groundbreaking App for Android Combines Dragon Dictation, T9 Trace, T9 Write and XT9 to Deliver Industry’s First Complete Multimodal Input Experience
LAS VEGAS (CES 2011) – January 5, 2011 – Nuance Communications, Inc.
(NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced Nuance FlexT9, a downloadable app for Android that combines Dragon Dictation, T9 Trace, T9 Write and XT9 and replaces the existing virtual keypad for an amazingly seamless universal input experience. With FlexT9, Android users can finally choose how they communicate and stay connected in the ways that best match their mobile lifestyle, whether they speak, trace, write, tap – or all of the above.
FlexT9 delivers the industry’s first truly multimodal input experience. FlexT9 combines Nuance’s trusted voice and predictive touch offerings in a simple, easy-to-use all-in-one keyboard interface that allows users to effortlessly and dynamically toggle between modalities with just a simple
tap. With FlexT9, the Android keypad is transformed to let users:
* Speak: Nuance’s incredibly successful Dragon Dictation app has been downloaded by millions of iPhone users around the world to turn talk into
text, and is now available as part of FlexT9 with full Dictate Anywhere capabilities on Android. So anytime and anywhere you want speak your text,
you can – emails, SMS text messages, Facebook and Twitter updates, web searches, instant messaging and more.
* Trace: Continuous touch input has become one of the hottest and fastest ways to input text for messaging and emailing on a mobile device.
With T9 Trace, users easily glide their finger from one letter to the next on the virtual keypad. T9Trace leverages all of the leading features of Nuance’s renowned XT9 text input solution, creating an incredibly accurate and fast text input experience.
* Write: With T9 Write, users can simply use their finger to write naturally shaped letters, entire words and phrases, numbers, symbols,
accented characters and more on the touchscreen, and instantly see results.
* Tap: Nuance’s renowned XT9 predictive text input technology ships on billions of phones around the world, and is at the core of FlexT9 to enable
next word prediction, word completion, Sloppy-Type T word error correction, spell correction, and much more across the entire input experience,
including T9 Write and T9 Trace.
So whether you’re text messaging with friends, emailing colleagues, updating your Facebook status from the basketball game, or searching the Web for tips on how to keep that New Year’s resolution, FlexT9 lets you decide how you stay connected.
“Universal input is in high demand across the mobile ecosystem as devices become increasingly sophisticated, with more computing power, cloud
connectivity and of course, touchscreen interfaces. Consumers need more than just voice or just text input to stay connected across a host of apps and services,” said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “FlexT9 breaks the mold of the traditional mobile experience, giving consumers the power to speak, write, trace or tap whenever, wherever they want. It’s customization, control and convenience -and it’s all completely in the hands of the consumer.”
FlexT9 is currently available for download in the Android App Store for $4.99, supporting Android OS v2.1 and v2.2. To download, visit market://search?q=pname:com.nuance.flext9.input. To learn more visit www.dragonmobileapps.com
About Nuance Communications, Inc.
Nuance is a leading provider of speech and imaging 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 information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications and professional services. For more information, please visit: nuance.com.
Nuance, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Dragon, FlexT9, XT9, T9 Write, T9 Trace and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of America and/or other countries. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.