Nuance Buys Swype for $102.5 Million
Nuance Communications has purchased Swype for $102.5 million. Swype offers an alternative software keyboard for Android and other touch smartphones that allows users to trace words across the keyboard rather than peck at the letters one by one. Nuance offers similar and competing technology, such as its FlexT9 keyboard. According to Reuters, Nuance has made an initial payment of $77.5 million. It will pay the remainder of the purchase price in 18 months if Swype's executives remain with the company that long. Nuance didn't say what it intends to do with Swype's technology. Nuance has made three other similar acquisitions this year.
Microsoft Beta Testing Word Flow Keyboard for iPhone
Microsoft is one step closer to releasing its Word Flow keyboard to the iPhone. The company is testing the keyboard in a closed beta, but is now allowing consumers to request invitations.
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 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.
Google Keyboard for Android Gains One-Handed Typing
Google has updated its Google Keyboard application for Android devices to version 5.1. The improved keyboard now allows users to move the cursor by sliding their finger across the space bar.
Swype, SwiftKey, Others Available to iOS for First Time
Apple released iOS8 today and with the updated operating system comes a new feature many will surely relish: support for third-party keyboards. Though Apple took care to revise its own keyboard application, iOS devices can now install and use keyboard apps made by other companies.
I hope they don't change Swype too much