Ever since its Nuance acquisition, Swype Beta for Android has obtained its first, major over-the-air update. The change makes use of Dragon Dictate technology instead of Google’s voice recognition software. Compared to the other types of voice recognition software, Dragon Dictate has been quite impressive. It does have its occasional word throw backs, but it does not require its user to speak slowly. Currently, it supports English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian. But they do promise to follow up with more languages by next year. Once an unsupported language is used, the service defaults itself to American English as opposed to Android’s built-in voice input fall back.

In addition to the new voice software, Swype developers have plans of other improvements. With a promise to hone more advanced language modeling algorithm, it can only improve prediction as well as context awareness. The language algorithm is believed to improve over time as it gets to know how its user phrases things and as such, adjusts itself with predictions.

Apart from the huge change, Swype has obtained two small changes too. One is that languages can be downloaded through the keyboard preferences instead of installation. The other enhancement is that the keyboard follows an installer color scheme along with an orange trace.

You can easily install the new update by visiting Swype preferences pane. Moreover, you can join the beta by visiting their website.


[Source: The Verge]