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Dragon Dictation behind LG’s Voice-To-Text App

Business Wire is reporting today that the slick Voice-To-Text app you can find on the LG Optimus 7 (and Quantum) is powered by Nuance’s Dragon Dictation voice technology.

Nuance Dragon Dictation at the Heart of New LG Voice-to-Text App for Windows Phone 7

Nuance’s Powerful Voice Dictation Technology Enables Users to Speak Text for Emails, SMS Text Messaging, Status Updates and More

BURLINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that Nuance’s innovative Dragon Dictation voice technology enables the voice recognition capabilities behind the new LG Voice-to-Text application for its LG Optimus Windows Phone 7 devices. Users can quickly and easily speak text for emails, SMS text messages, status updates for Twitter and Facebook, memos, and more, and it is currently available for free on the Microsoft Windows Phone Marketplace.

Nuance’s renowned voice technology at the core of LG Voice-to-Text has been experienced by millions around the world via Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search, as well as the popular Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Dragon Dictate desktop software. And Nuance’s broad language support enables the application to support U.S. English and Spanish, UK English, French, Italian, German, and European Spanish.

“Consumers worldwide are continuing to demand voice as a primary interface for their mobile devices. It’s simply the most natural and intuitive way to engage the applications and services we use most,” said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “And because our voice capabilities are completely flexible and customizable, we can enable developers to create unique applications for any platform on any device, including the new innovative Windows Phone 7.”


The application is currently available for download for free on the Microsoft Windows Phone Marketplace for the AT&T LG Optimus 7 in U.S. English and U.S. Spanish, and for the LG Optimus 7Q shipping in Europe in UK English, French, Italian, German and European Spanish.


While I applaud LG for bringing such an important and valuable app to their Optimus 7 & Quantum, I have to sit here (with a little envy) and wonder why I am still typing texts and emails on my WP7 device. Microsoft has been touting voice and touch as the future of computing for years and in keeping with that manta acquired Tell Me, which I thought was a good thing. More than a year ago MD reported on Tell Me coming to a phone near you, with a demo video making me salivate at the though to using voice for simple tasks like sending a text. First, Tell Me’s website stated something like WM 6.5x was a requirement for the service, then as time went on, things became more vague. When WP7 was released with its powerful 1GHz processors I was certain that I would finally get to try Tell Me, only to be disappointed with a “lite” version, not much different, and in some ways less robust than Voice Command.  After all the hype the Tell Me premier service is ONLY currently available on the Samsung Intrepid. WTF!

This is an app/feature that we ALL need on our phones today. I don’t really care who develops it and brings it to Marketplace, JUST DO IT ALREADY!  How long do we have to wait for a voice recognition app that we can all use to simplify our lives. LG has proven that it’s possible. With all that app seed money Microsoft is throwing around, AND the technology that they already own, this should be a “no brainer”. So what is holding things up. Any thoughts?

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