Nuance Debuts FlexT9 for Android
Nuance Communications today announced FlexT9, a new input method for Android devices. FlexT9 bundles together four different modes of input, including Dragon Dictation, T9 Trace, T9 Write and XT9. With FlexT9, users can choose the input method that suits them best and switch between input methods quickly via Nuance's software. Dragon Dictation allows for voice dictation, T9 Trace makes use of continues tracing across a software QWERTY keyboard, T9 Write lets users draw letters with their finger tip, and XT9 is Nuance's standard predictive text entry mode. FlexT9 for Android costs $4.99, and requires either Android 2.1 or Android 2.2. It is available starting today.
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.
Google's GBoard Keyboard for iPhone Finally Lands Dictation
Google today announced a significant update to GBoard, its advanced keyboard application or the iPhone. Voice dictation is the most significant new feature added to the tool, allowing GBoard users to press a microphone and speak their messages rather than type them.
Skype for Android Now Compatible with Android Wear
Skype has updated its Android application with support for Android Wear, giving people the power to manage Skype messages and calls from their wrist. Skype will surface notifications on Android Wear devices, and can be used to respond to messages via dictation or pre-set text.
Voice Typing in Google Search, GBoard for Android Gains 30 New Languages
Google today updated its Google Search and GBoard applications for Android devices and expanded the number of languages supported in voice typing by 30. Google said it worked with native speakers of these languages from around the world to build the needed speech sample data.