Swype to be bought out by Nuance

Swype, the developers of the self-named virtual keyboard for Android smartphones, is to be bought out by Nuance. The information originated from Uncrunched's Michael Arrington. For those who are not aware, Nuance is a producer of voice recognition software for use in corporate environments. According to the Wall Street Journal's AllThingsD, the acquisition is to cost between $100 million and $150 million.

TechCrunch has reported that the official announcement is expected tomorrow. Thanks to the work of Michael Arrington, information about it has been uncovered before the official date. Nuance has acquired several different companies during 2011. In June, they bought SVOX, who also offered speech recognition software, just shortly after having purchased software developer Equitrac.

An interesting side-note is that Nuance own both T9 and Swype now. Both are downloadable keyboards for Android smartphones, and both were concepts from the same person. The future of T9 is currently unclear due to the agreement. Nuance could choose to merge the two, or to kill T9 off. Due to the nature of Android and its Market, removing the T9 keyboard would likely result in multiple successors being contributed by the community. It is very unlikely that Nuance would kill off Swype, for several reasons. By owning Swype, Nuance has also acquired the patent on motion-based text input, so it could play a role in future software released by Nuance as well.

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I didn't realize Swype is that expensive a technology. Though, it would have nicer if Google acquired them, and integrated them into Android OS, as an added keyboard feature. This would have given it a much wider market.

Dinggus said,
The only thing I liked on Android was the fact I can get swype on it.

You can get Swype on Symbian^3 phones too dude! just saying!

Dictating with Dragon NaturallySpeaking now because I have to.

I wish nuance wouldn't bring out buggy software, then work on a new version and charge for an upgrade that should be a service pack.

perochan said,
who are swype and nuance again?

Swype is aguably the fastest way to type on an android on-screen keyboard.

Nuance buy up great technology, like Dragon Naturally Speaking, Spinvox, and now Swype.

This just goes to show what big business these smartphones are... a company that developers a software keyboard being bought for $100million... just crazy.