Nuance sale talks put valuable speech-recognition patent portfolio up for grabs

Nuance Communications, a company with deep expertise in speech-recognition industry, may be up for sale. The Burlington, Mass.-based company has been in talks with various suitors, including private equity firms and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal, which quoted people familiar with the deal. This is not the first time that the company has been a target, and… Read More


Swype meets iPhone, finally: Apple’s iOS 8 to bring third-party keyboard support

Here’s a surprise from Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference: iOS 8, the next version of Apple’s operating system for iPad and iPhone, will add support for third-party keyboards, allowing users to replace the native keyboard from Apple. This is a breakthrough for keyboard apps including SwiftKey and Swype, which was a Seattle startup before its acquisition by Nuance Communications,… Read More


Mike McSherry departs Nuance three years after selling Swype for $100 million

Mike McSherry, a Seattle start-up veteran, has left Nuance Communications nearly three years after the company purchased Swype, GeekWire has learned. Swype is famous for building a mobile keyboard that allows you to type on touchscreens by tracing your finger along the glass. The technology rose in popularity right as phones with physical keyboards were going out of style. The Seattle-based start-up… Read More


Nuance responds to privacy concerns over its Swype keyboard having too much location data

Nuance is responding to privacy concerns today after customers complained that its Swype keyboard application was accessing their whereabouts excessively. In one case, a customer said his or her information was accessed nearly 4,000 times a day. While the post on the company’s forum is old, it was thrust into the spotlight this morning after it was posted on Y… Read More


Swype keyboard coming to Android phones from TCL

Swype will become the touch screen keypad on Android devices from TCL Communication, a Chinese electronics company which markets the Alcatel One Touch and other devices. The Swype keyboard — developed in Seattle by inventor Cliff Kushler and now owned by Nuance Communications — boasts more than 500 million users worldwide. The Swype technology allows… Read More


Swype Android keyboard out of beta, available in Google Play Store for $0.99

Swype’s Android keyboard is finally out of “beta” phase and now available to the masses. Swype, a Seattle-area startup that was acquired by Burlington, Mass.-based Nuance  for $102.5 million back in October 2011, has arrived in the Google Play Store. Previously, the keyboard that allows you to form words by dragging your finger from letter to letter… Read More


Swype adds keyboard features, but no word of iPhone app

Swype is adding new features to its keyboard app for mobile phones, including a personalized dictionary that syncs between devices; additional language support and a number of new keyboard designs. The dictionary even includes updates of new buzzwords, such as “Gangnam Style.” But don’t try to install the new app on your iPhone. As  has been… Read More


Swÿp vs. Swype: This could get really confusing

Swype gained international attention — not to mention a Guinness Book World record holder and millions of customers — for its super-fast and intuitive mobile text input system for Android devices. It became so popular that many in the tech industry started referring to Swype as a verb, like: “I prefer Swyping over tapping.” That’s… Read More

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Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards: Vote for Deal of the Year

From IPOs to M&A deals to big venture capital financing rounds, today’s featured category in the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards is Deal of the Year. There certainly were some whoppers in the Seattle area, and this group of companies certainly symbolizes some of the best and brightest in the Seattle tech community. This is one… Read More

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GeekWire Summit: Facebook, T-Mobile, Swype and more join lineup of speakers

We’re gearing up for our big GeekWire Summit, the inaugural half-day conference March 7 in downtown Seattle. Last week we announced the participation of former Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie, Hulu CTO Richard Tom, and UW computer science luminary Oren Etzioni. Today we’re pleased to announce more industry veterans who will be sharing insights from… Read More


Newsmakers 2011: Swype’s Cliff Kushler and Mike McSherry

Swype revolutionized the way millions of people input text on Android devices, with the simple swipe of a finger. Founded by Cliff Kushler and led by CEO Mike McSherry, the Seattle company’s technology almost magically reproduced text as users moved their fingers across letters on touchscreen keypads. Plenty of people took notice, and as a… Read More


Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome (Part Two)

Last week, the Washington Technology Industry Association posted some short videos of Seattle area entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, journalists (including yours truly) and others talking about what makes the region’s tech sector unique. We posted the videos under the title: “Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome.” Now, the WTIA — in advance of… Read More


Nuance to acquire Swype for more than $100 million

Nuance has agreed to purchase Seattle startup Swype for more than $100 million, according to GeekWire sources. The news was first reported in Uncrunched. We’ve reached out to executives of the company for comment, and will update the post as we learn more. A GeekWire source with knowledge of the deal confirmed the acquisition, though we… Read More