January 19, 2011 | by Michael Heller
Nuance knows that voice input is the future, which is why it has always put so much into its Dragon Dictate software. But, Nuance is not going to let the mobile space be taken by Google. The Dragon Dictate software is already behind Siri, the voice command software that will be integrated into iOS, and it powers the voice input on the FlexT9 gesture keyboard (if you can find it in the Android Market), and now they are opening up to allow all developers to use Dragon Dictate in their mobile apps.
Nuance announced today that they will be giving developers access to the Dragon Dictate SDK for Android 2.1+. Developers can download the SDK and have access to cloud-based speech services free for the first 90 days. The voice input SDK currently supports English (US and UK), German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Japanese, while the text-to-speech services support 35 languages.
It will be very interesting to see how this all shakes out. Vlingo has a nice voice command system on Android, but it isn’t capable of voice-to-text input, so it will be good to see a real competitor to Google’s voice input system.