Nuance Communications Inc. today announced that the next generation of Swype, a learning, living touch input keyboard, now supports the Hinglish language – a mixture of Hindi and English. Swype has changed the way people communicate and input text on their mobile devices, and this latest version makes it easier for users to quickly Swype or type Hinglish words such as chai, paani, desi, garam, masti, and jungli. Swype’s mixed-language Hinglish database consists of tens of thousands of Hindi words transliterated into Latin script, as well as a vast English wordlist.
The new version of Swype also contains unique adaptive capabilities to understand users’ preferences over time, becoming smarter and more personalized every time they use it.
Swype provides consumers with more choice in how they input text, and now interprets a user’s personal language style, providing an amazingly fast, flexible, and accurate experience. New features include:
- Next word prediction: Swype’s next word prediction is incredibly intelligent as Nuance has integrated capabilities from its renowned XT9 portfolio. Swype gets smarter based on historical usage, so prediction becomes more accurate with each use. For even smarter predictions, you can choose to have Swype learn from emails, texts and tweets
- Multi-modal keyboard: Swype now delivers multiple input modes in one keyboard. People can Swype from letter to letter or type rapidly with predictive text input. Further, users can switch back and forth between modalities on the fly, providing the ultimate in keyboard personalization.
Swype now supports Hinglish
Sunny Rao, Managing Director, India & South-East Asia, Nuance Communications, said, “People use their keyboards every day in every way – so input needs to be fast and simple and with the growing popularity of Hinglish as the medium of communication in India, we are proud to introduce Swype with Hinglish support. Swype’s living, learning keyboard ushers in a new era of input, where the keyboard adapts to the users’ unique way of communicating. “
Nuance, an already established name known for its voice recognition software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking and OmniPage OCR software, had bought Swype late last year. Since then, it has brought in lot of changes into Swype to make it more convenient and popular with the cellphone users.
Last month, Nuance launched a software for Android smartphone owners to input text using a combination of tapping, tracing, handwriting and speaking, as consumers increasingly demand technology that learns from them rather than the other way around.
Makers of non-Android phones such as BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion and Nokia, the latter having bet its future on Microsoft Windows software, will be able to use a software developer kit from Nuance to make their own versions.
The new Swype platform will learn from user behaviour, adding words entered by the user via the keyboard to a personal dictionary. This dictionary will then be deployed across the spectrum of input types, which includes tracing the shapes of words, and handwriting. Nuance's public dictionary currently holds 300,000 words in English and supports 50 languages for text and 35 for voice.