Dragon Mobile Assistant and Swype apps featured on TIME Magazine’s 50 Best Android Apps 2013

This marks the third time one of Nuance’s products or apps has been named to one of TIME Magazine’s distinguished lists of consumer products and technology. In 2010, Dragon Dictation was included in TIME’s ‘The Top 10 Everything of 2010’ list, and in 2012, Dragon Go! made TIME’s ’50 Best iPhone Apps 2012’ compilation. Such acknowledgement reinforces Nuance’s position as a leading innovator in speech technology and intelligent systems, and we’re very proud to be recognized for our mission – continually reinventing the relationship between people and technology.
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Nuance kicked off the month of July with some exciting news: Dragon Mobile Assistant (DMA) and Swype were named to TIME Magazine’s list of the ’50 Best Android Apps for 2013.’

Dragon Mobile Assistant upgraded recently to its latest version, and now includes new features like Intelligent Driver Mode, which allows DMA to detect when users are in a moving vehicle so it can automatically switch over to hands-free, eyes-free activation, allowing users to remain connected in a safer, smarter way. Also, Dragon now has new features that also make it an even more personal experience, including Voice Notifications that can read aloud Facebook status updates, messages, incoming calls, and upcoming appointments.  And you can choose how you wake up your Dragon with a customizable wake-up word. So whether it’s “Hi, Dragon”, “Hey, Dude,” or “Hello, Dolly,” Dragon is ready to respond and deliver. And last, but certainly not least, Dragon now also supports voice-enabled email.

Jared Newman, author of the TIME list, said of Dragon Mobile Assistant:

Dragon’s voice assistant app is meant to be a replacement for Android’s built-in voice commands, but where it really comes in handy is its Driver Mode. Connect your phone to your car’s Bluetooth, auxiliary input or charging dock, and Dragon can automatically start listening for voice commands. With a simple activation phrase, you can ask for directions or find nearby places without ever touching your phone.

Swype continues to draw praise for its unique text-input method, as it relies on one continuous motion across the on-screen keyboard, rather than traditional letter tapping, to quickly and accurately insert words and sentences. The Swype keyboard has undergone a rapid transformation in the last year. In addition to integrating the power of Dragon voice recognition, Swype has also been augmented by including intelligent dictionaries that learn and adapt to the words and phrases that people use most.

On Swype, Newman offered the following:

While Swype has plenty of competitors, its years of experience still make for the most accurate gesture keyboard available. Instead of tapping on each letter, you simply drag a finger across all the letters in a word, and Swype uses prediction to figure out what you meant to write. Take a week or two to get used to it, and suddenly regular typing will seem impossibly sluggish.

This marks the third time one of Nuance’s products or apps has been named to one of TIME Magazine’s distinguished lists of consumer products and technology. In 2010, Dragon Dictation was included in TIME’s ‘The Top 10 Everything of 2010’ list, and in 2012, Dragon Go! made TIME’s ’50 Best iPhone Apps 2012’ compilation.

Nuance is honored to have two of its marquee applications recognized by TIME and other distinguished outlets. Such acknowledgement reinforces Nuance’s position as a leading innovator in speech technology and intelligent systems, and we’re very proud to be recognized for our mission – continually reinventing the relationship between people and technology.

If you haven’t downloaded Swype or Dragon Mobile Assistant from Google Play – what are you waiting for? Click here to download Swype and here to download Dragon Mobile Assistant from the Google Play Store.

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Greg Payne

About Greg Payne

In his role on the corporate communications team, Greg provides strategic and tactical support for Nuance’s Mobile-Consumer communications efforts. He provides editorial support for various communications vehicles, including press releases, blog posts and social media content, and also routinely engages with industry analysts to keep them informed of all of Nuance’s exciting developments in the mobile industry. Greg graduated from Endicott College in May of 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in communication. He was recently accepted into Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication program where he will begin classes in the spring of 2014. Greg is a certified personal trainer and in his spare time he enjoys running half marathons and other road races, experimenting with new workouts, cooking and screenwriting.