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Nuance Advanced Speech Capabilities Debut on New T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 02:00

Nuance Communications, Inc. today announced its innovative natural language speech technology is featured on the new T-Mobile(R) myTouch 3G(TM) Slide, the latest Android(TM)-powered phone from T-Mobile USA, Inc.

The myTouch 3G Slide introduces T-Mobile's Genius Button(TM) built on Nuance's intuitive speech platform. The first of its kind the Genius Button provides consumers one-button voice access to control the phone and its features including many of the mobile applications they use most -- making calls, sending emails and text messages, searching the Web, finding businesses and directions, and much more.

The phone incorporates a revolutionary, pervasive voice interface that works right out of the box - no apps to download, no premium download fees or recurring monthly charges for use of the voice interface. Nuance's successful Dragon Dictation is also embedded on the smartphone for fast and easy text dictation in any text field, and includes a convenient text-to-speech powered feature for readback of incoming messages.

Nuance-powered voice-enabled features on the phone include:

Genius Button: An easy-to-access button on the front of the new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide allowing the use of voice commands to control the phone. The button is enabled via Nuance's intuitive speech technology that takes advantage of advancements in natural language understanding to allow users to say an entire command in just one shot -- making it faster and easier to use their favorite applications and services. For example, just say:

-- "Call Alex Jones at Home."

-- "Send Text to John Smith. I've got tickets to the Dodgers game tonight, you in?"

-- "Search for Recipes for Chocolate Cake."

-- "Find Sushi Restaurants near me"

-- "Find Directions to 1 Wayside Drive, Burlington, Massachusetts."

-- "Show me the Calendar"

-- And more.

The T-Mobile Genius Button is powered by the Nuance Voice Control platform, the industry's first platform-agnostic mobile solution that seamlessly wraps embedded and connected speech capabilities into one amazing mobile experience. The result is faster and more accurate results that are optimized for the individual device.

Through the Genius Button users can also activate a feature that uses Nuance's text-to-speech technology to read incoming email and text messages when reading them manually isn't convenient. When the feature is enabled users are alerted when a message is received, and can advise verbally whether or not they want it read aloud, and if they'd like to respond.

Dragon Dictation: The myTouch 3G Slide features Dragon Dictation to easily and quickly speak your text up to five times faster in any text field, regardless of whether it's an email, text message, calendar, Twitter application or Web browser. Dragon Dictation leverages the core speech technology found in the renowned PC-based Dragon NaturallySpeaking dictation software.

"In partnering with Nuance, a leader in speech technology, we've been able to create a new experience which makes it easier for our customers to stay connected with the important people in their lives," said Andrew Sherrard, vice president, product development, T-Mobile USA. "Our consumers now have the ability to easily and quickly communicate with their favorite people through text and e-mail with the push of one button and the sound of their voice."

Michael Thompson, senior vice president and General Manager, Nuance Mobile said, "We believe the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide's speech capabilities are perhaps the most innovative examples of how speech will elevate the mobile experience. T-Mobile is truly taking advantage of our connected and embedded natural language capabilities to bring an incredibly unique Android device and one-of-a-kind consumer experience to market. Now T-Mobile consumers have one-button, one-shot speech access for messaging, finding directions, accessing information on the Web -- and it's all available right out of the box."

The myTouch 3G Slide also features MyAccount 3.0 powered by Nuance Mobile Care, which provides users with the ability to easily access and manage account information directly from their phone. In fact, users can even open MyAccount right from the Genius Button, making it even faster and simpler for users to get real-time information about their account.

 

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