Nuance Debuts FlexT9 for Android Tablets
Nuance recently announced that its FlexT9 product is available to tablets running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. 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 is available for download in the Android Market for $4.99.
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.
Google Bakes Search Into Keyboard App for iPhones
Google today revealed GBoard, a keyboard application for iPhones that includes search capabilities. Google is pitching GBoard as a way to simplify how people use the iPhone by allowing users to perform searches without leaving the current app, such as text messaging.