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Nuance, the company behind Dragon Dictation, bought out Swype almost three months ago, but the results of the deal haven't really been exposed since. No longer -- Swype has just been updated with a "Dragon Flame" key that, when pressed, initiates a voice-to-text system provided by none other than Dragon Dictation. In its current form, it features support for French, Italian, German, and English, with Swype representatives claiming more languages are on the way in 2012.

Additionally, Swype's language modeling algorithm has been improved. What's that mean? In the company's words, this will "increase the accuracy of the suggestions we offer (such as knowing that you mean 'mosh pit' instead of 'mosh pot')." The system analyzes your writing and shapes its predictions around the context of your sentences. According to Swype, this will bring about an increase in prediction accuracy of up to 40%, and though it's currently enabled exclusively for English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish, support for more languages is "coming soon." Impressive, no?

Finally, this updated version of Swype allows its users to download new languages from Swype's Setting window (assuming, of course, that they're supported).

The update has already begun rolling out, and should be available to all Swype users within the next 72 hours.

Source: Swype forums

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

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  • Eric

    I get "mosh put" instead of mosh pit.

    Doesn't seem to work.

    • http://anon.com anon

      Me too.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JICktQr1r30

      I suppose the main thing is they're trying. That's got to count for something.

    • Ryan

      Are you on the most recent beta? (The youtube video posted is, so nevermind)

  • AEF

    Do Nexus S 4G users get punished again?

  • http://www.teamrou.com Phil Oakley

    I'm not bashing Swype here, just want to know something.

    Will Swype ever be available on the Android Market?

    :)

    • http://www.cyanogenmod.com ciwrl

      I believe their community manager Brian Resnik has said that they are not going to pursue that avenue

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Aaron

      No; I asked that same question when I interviewed with the company in Q1 this year. Their stance is that they prefer to focus on a tighter, more highly-controlled group by working directly with OEMs.

      Which makes sense, really; it's not a very large company (at least they weren't, though they were obviously expanding or wouldn't have brought me in for interview), and they only have so many resources - it's better (from a support perspective) to officially support a handful of phones as opposed to every phone that runs a minimum version of the OS.

  • JayMonster

    Considering their own T9Flex hasn't been updated in forever, I wonder if this means it is the death of it.

    • Baerdric

      There was an update to FlexT9 just last week.

      I hope it's still going to be valid, I paid for the extra features which Swype does not have.

  • Don

    The site is down for me right now

  • Dr. Steve

    What noise does your Swype Beta make after a word?

    My older Swype makes a noise similar (but not identical) to the Android click. My friend's new Swype Beta made something that sounded like a typewriter tick. The sound drove me crazy, and I am afraid to update Swype.

    Is it a phone issue, or is Swype using an awful sound?

    And why is it a media sound and not a system sound? When you have attached speakers, the Swype sound comes out of the speakers instead of the phone.

    Easy mistakes Swype, come on. This is like the lack of a favicon on http://www.gmail.com

  • Martin S Shepherd

    Sad. Dedicated Swype user. Until now-as it is not available on the Galaxy Nexus!

  • Brad

    I love when ninja finger disappears at the end.

  • Owen Finn

    Can anyone say what the version number should be after updating?

    • ErikDrakon

      i just got it and my version number is 3.26.92D.37604t0.7212.Americas

  • Spen83

    "Impressive, no?"

    Rhetorical Asshole, Yes?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      Beleaguering but ultimately innocuous troll, yes?

  • nevetsg

    I was loving FlexT9 for months but then tried SwiftKey X (for 10c) and I can't go back.
    Swift is getting to know me so well it would feel like cheating...

  • Craig Checketts

    I just switched Roms and my new one dropped swype. I'm actually digging whatever this one is, so I'm not sure if i'll go back...

  • Matt

    Dragon. Voice. Man they missed an opportunity here to make a hilarious Skyrim parody instead of the Fruit Ninja parody.

  • bit

    I got mosh pit on the first try.

    Then I typed, "this is our" which first came up as "this is or". After I corrected it, it showed up as I wanted with "our".

    It seems to be the first time I can train it.

  • Chris

    I was going to try the new Swype Voice-to-Text, but then I took an arrow to the knee

  • Hammer1974

    Not on the Sprint Evo 4g yet, probably won't get it either, they haven't even updated the market yet!!

  • Hammer1974

    Not on the Evo 4g yet, probably won't get it either, they haven't even updated the market yet!

  • Hammer1974

    Sorry for the double post, it said it didn't go through.

  • J-Dog

    I'm assuming, for those of us "blessed" to have Swype pre-installed on our phones, we still have to go in, delete the pre-installed version & then install the updated version, yes?

    Would have been nice if we could just install the updated apk file like any other non-market app. Or just put it in the market, and limit it to just the devices they support it on - then we could update it just like any other app....

  • BlackOmega

    meh, and so began the bloat...

  • Garth

    Nuance kills Swype slowly? Oh please do.