Swype Living Language Crowd Sources New Words
Nuance today announce Swype Living Language, a tool that analyzes language and word usage in real time and continuously updates Swype's language dictionaries. According to Nuance, the feature is opt-in and delivers trending words and phrases to Android handsets as it learns them from other users. The living language feature is being offered to other platforms as an SDK. The Swype beta keyboard is also being updated today with a new grammar correction tool. It will quickly analyze each sentence and offer suggestions if it recognizes improper use of grammar. The newest beta of Swype is available for download from Nuance's web site.
Google Search Speaks More than One Language at a Time
Google has improved the multilingual capabilities of its voice search feature. The latest version of Google Search allows users to speak up to five different languages without requiring that they change the settings each time.
Google Translate Gains 'Tap to Translate'
Google has updated its Google Translate app for Android and iOS mobile devices with a handful of new features. A tool called Tap to Translate in the Android app makes it simpler to translate text on the go.
Google Search App Understands More Natural-Language Questions
Google today said its mobile search app is better able to grasp the meaning of requests thanks to new language-recognition techniques. Google is now breaking down queries into smaller pieces to understand the semantics behind individual phrases so it can assess the intent behind the larger question.
Instagram to Soon Include Translations
Instagram said that it plans to add a translation button to its service over the coming month so users can read the profile bios, feed stories, and comments written in other languages. Tapping the button will automatically translate the content to the user's native language.
Google Brings Interactive Watch Faces and Translate to Android Wear
Google today announced an update to its Android Wear platform that makes it possible to interact directly with watch faces. The revised watch face code lets watch faces change their design to reveal new information, such as notifications, or launch a specific app.