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.