Nuance buys Swype for $100 million

By on October 8, 2011
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Swype gets swiped away by its competitor.

Nuance communication is well known for their excellent speech recognition software: Dragon Naturally speaking; but what most people don’t know is that they also have lots of “keyboard” projects. They own the T9 typing style, they have their own Android Flex T9 keyboard, they previously bought Shapewriter which was main Swype competitor but now they have even bought Swype for $100 million. Hey! if you can’t beat them, just buy them out, right?

Its apparent that Nuance wants to be the only major gun in the competition of keyboards for mobile devices. It is being rumored that iPhone 4S will also purchase license from Nuance to bring the Swype to its phone officially.

I think after this step, Nuance next target would be to make Dragon Naturally speaking app for smartphones. Apple already has announced Siri, but as impressive it may be, it is still a 4S exclusive feature. While an app from Nuance could be made for Android, Windows Phone 7 and older iPhones as well.


Dad in the day, Gamer by night. Loves everything Geek. By profession an Engineer but my hobby has been Video gaming on PC since 1989.

  • James Hatton

    Just stumbled across your blog post. I know it’s dated but I thought I would just raise with you the fact that Apple will never allow another form of input into the iPhone other than the Apple keypad. Put simply you will never see another keyboard on an iPhone other than an iPhone….that of course unless it is jailbroken and people can do what they like.

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