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Swype update adds Dragon dictation tech

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 23 Dec 2011 1:34 User comments (1)

Swype update adds Dragon dictation tech Swype for Android has received its largest update yet, adding the popular Dragon dictation technology.
The tech comes via Nuance, which Swype purchased earlier this year. The company says English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish are supported with more languages coming next year.

Dragon is a voice-to-text tech that will replace Google's built-in voice recognition when using the keyboard.

Additionally, the update brings "advanced language modeling" and easier language downloads.

Reads the press release:
Dragon Dictation
You've mastered text-entry using your finger, now get ready to use the best voice-to-text directly from within Swype. Dragon Dictation is now integrated directly into the Swype keyboard! Just press the Dragon Flame key and speak. This version of Swype + Dragon Dictation currently supports English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, but will be expanded to support additional languages in 2012.

Advanced Language Modeling
Swype now features an improved language modeling algorithm, designed to increase the accuracy of the suggestions we offer (such as knowing that you mean "mosh pit" instead of "mosh pot"). By analyzing the text you've already entered, Swype will offer more accurate predictions that make sense in the context of the sentence
Up to a 40% increase in prediction accuracy when a language profile is present
Learns over time as you use it, building up a personal language profile for you.
Enabled only for English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. Other languages coming soon!
Language Downloads
A long time coming, Swype now allows you to download any of the 50+ additional languages we support directly from within Swype's Settings window. For a list of supported languages, please see our language support info page.

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1 user comment

19.1.2012 0:31

It will be interesting to compare Swype's Dragon with Siri. Siri was started by one of the founders of Dragon, so presumably Siri's technology is just as good.

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