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Free Nuance Speech apps coming to UK iPhones


Free Nuance Speech Apps Coming to UK iPhones

Speech recognition specialist Nuance is bringing its voice-to-text iPhone apps to the UK. Dragon Search will let users search on their iPhone by speaking instead of typing, while Dragon Dictation will let users record messages that can be send by text or email.

While there are apps that will offer this type of functionality already, Nuance will be offering its apps for free. However, the company is planning a major push to persuade people to upgrade to its premium versions.

Google already has free app that will enable voice searching on the iPhone, but Dragon’s app will search Google, Yahoo, Bing, YouTube Wikipedia, Twitter and the iTunes store in one go.

However analysts think work needs to be done to create more interest in this type of application. "People have not the best experience in the past so you don't see consumers going out there clamouring for this voice to text capability," Tuong Nguyen, a mobile devices analyst at Gartner told Reuters.

Nuance does have a track record in this area however, as it provides the underlying technology used in the iPhone built in Voice Control.

The apps are currently awaiting approval by Apple, but a Nuance spokesperson told TrustedReviews that the apps are expected to appear later this week.

Does the thought of talking to your iPhone interest you, or do you not have that kind of relationship with your handset? Let us know in the comments section.

Link: Nuance

Captain K

July 22, 2010, 8:23 am

Nuance have an excellent track record of delivering highly accurate desktop speech-to-text software in the form of the Dragon NaturallySpeaking suite of speech recogntion products. These applications have given users the freedom of speech to both work effectively and also overcome a wide range of disabilities when using a PC. Having the ability to create SMS, e-mails and operate text-rich apps can only only enhance the way in which we evolve into the 21st Century and strengthen the way we use speech as a productivity tool. Talking to iPhones will give us the ultimate access tool to enhancing communication!


July 22, 2010, 9:39 am

About time, saw this at the Gadget Show in Birmingham and the voice control on the 3GS is excellent, even using a headset in noisy conditions. Has to be easier than trying to type a text on an iPhone in the back of a London Taxi, one of the most impossible tasks known to mankind!


July 22, 2010, 4:17 pm

I'm gobsmacked! An iphone article with only 2 comments (after nearly a day) - what's happened to all the various fanboys (and girls), apple and otherwise? lol :-)


July 22, 2010, 5:44 pm


It's because it doesn't have a clear "Apple vs Android" angle.

If you start saying that this was one of the pluses that Android had over iOS4 until now, you may get a better result:)

Seriously, it was on my list of pluses/minuses for the two OSes, and this is for me a very welcome addition to iOS. A friend of mine thought it was "gadgety", but I disagree. My last three phones had a keyboard, so if I make the jump to a non keyboard phone (whether iPhone4 or Android based one) I'd like this to make the transition easier.

I reckon the function would be even more useful on the iPhone 4 (or a Nexus 1) thanks to the apparently excellent noise cancellation on the device, than say on a Desire or a Galaxy S without noise cancellation. It means you may be able to use it in noisy public places (if you don't feel too self-conscious and if the content allows it!).

Looking forward to testing it, for sure!

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