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What do you get when you combine the best in voice command with one of the best touchscreen keyboards? We might be about to find out, as Uncrunched reports that Nuance -- that's the company and technology behind the excelent "Dragon" line of programs -- as well as the iPhone 4S' "Siri" new voice system -- has purchased Swype, the excellent on-screen keyboard that lets you swipe from letter to letter, or type normally. Nuance has the popular T9 keyboard, but Swype would certainly be a coup.

Nothing official has been announced yet, but the deal is said to be worth in the neighborhood of $100 million. Stay tuned. This could get interesting.

Source: Uncrunched

 

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Nuance said to have purchased Swype for $100 million

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So long, Swype... It was nice knowing ya.
Too bad TouchType didn't pick it up. Swype and SwiftKey would be a great merge!

Haven't seen siri in action yet but if it works the way they say I hope we get something comparable on android soon. Come on google!!!

Have you tried Vlingo? It is oem on my sgsII Epic Touch. It's pretty good. The market version on my OG Epic was a little wonky, but still worked.... And free!

I love swype and its way to popular to be "killed". As for siri, its basically google voice search with response... And on that note I hardly use voice search anyways because its only useful in the car

Considering that Swype has been beta for >1yr & has never actually been for sale on the Market, I wouldn't consider them actual competition for Nuance/Flex T9 anyway.

Even so, there are plenty of other keyboards to choose from & it wouldn't be anti-competitive if Swype were on the Market.

If Nuance is truly "the company and technology behind the excelent "Dragon" line of programs -- as well as the iPhone 4S' "Siri" new voice system" then if they acquire Swype, couldn't Swype become an Apple-only product, at least in any new incarnations?