Swype is getting a facelift, just eight months after the Seattle upstart was gobbled up for $102 million by Nuance. The popular mobile text-input technology for Android devices now includes both voice and touch into one easy-to-use system, as well as support for dozens of languages.
But the key new feature is a smarter algorithm, meaning that users can be “even sloppier and more accurate” in their text and voice inputs, says Nuance’s Aaron Sheedy.
“(The) language model learns from how you input text, so not only does it remember the words you use, but it starts to relate words to other words that you use,” added Sheedy. “Our goal here is to increasingly create language models that are both on the device and in the cloud that are listening to the way that you use language, and become more accurate, the more you use them.”
We got an early look at the new version of Swype from Sheedy who stopped by the GeekWire office this week. And, yes, we did ask (yet again) about Swype coming to Apple iOS.
“There is more opportunity for us to develop a deeper relationship functioning out of Nuance,” said Sheedy, referring to his new corporate parent.
Take a look at the demo below, and let us know what you think.