Nuance to Acquire Zi
Nuance Communications announced its intent to acquire Zi for $35 million. Zi provides different text-input technologies for cell phones such as spell check, predictive text and handwriting recognition. Nuance makes and licenses T9 text input technology, and also offers voice-based commands, controls and other features. Nuance believes the acquisition of Zi will allow it to better meet demands for text input in Asian markets. The companies expect the deal to close in June.
Google Debuts Handwriting Keyboard
Google today made available a new keyboard for Android devices that allows people to handwrite text in 82 languages rather than type on the keys. According to Google, the main features allow for printed and script handwriting recognition, voice input, and emoji support.
BlackBerry Adds Swipe Typing to Priv's Keyboard
BlackBerry Priv smartphone owners can now swipe across the keyboard to input text, rather than press individual letters. BlackBerry says Priv owners have to turn on Type By Swipe manually, and can choose to swipe either on the software keyboard or the physical keyboard.
AT&T to Acquire Straight Path for 5G Spectrum
AT&T has agreed to acquire Straight Path in an all-stock deal worth about $1.6 billion. Straight Path has significant spectrum holdings in the 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave bands, which will be put to use by some 5G technologies down the road.
Text Request Lets People Text Businesses Rather Than Call
Text Request, a Tennessee-based startup, firmly believes that consumers would prefer to send text messages to businesses rather than call them. The company this week launched a service that allows businesses to accept and respond to customer queries via text messages.