Nuance said to have purchased Swype for $100 million

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

Phil Nickinson
  • Wow...hope something awesome comes out of this...if indeed true...
  • Has Nuance released anything from their purchase of Shapewriter?
  • They effectively killed off Shapewriter. This isn't a good sign for Swype...I liked it too :-(
  • I love the nuance t9 app.I hope for better prediction now
  • 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!
  • Vlingo
  • whatever happened with google buying blindtype?
  • 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
  • Sounds anti-competitive. A deal that big should require a bit of FTC scrutiny.
  • Anti-competitive how, exactly?
  • 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.
  • I had no idea Swipe was worth soooo much money, that is insane
  • It's relatively cheap.
  • A Nexus still on Froyo?
  • ...or just an old picture. Swype has been around for a while, you know.
  • Not sure if this a good thing our not...
  • Now they can go exclusive to a phone like the iPhone 5.
  • 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?
  • Looks official its up on the Swype website now .