Nuance has released a text input app specifically designed for Android tablets such as the Dell Streak, Samsung Galaxy Tab and forthcoming Motorola Xoom.
The FlexT9 app allows four methods of text input, with the options to dictate, draw, trace or simply use a traditional keyboard.
The speech-to-text feature provides the same functionality found in Nuance's Dragon Dictate app and allows users to dictate emails, text messages, social networking updates, web searches and instant messages.
Using the write feature on the touch screen allows users to draw words, numbers, symbols and accented characters.
The ability to trace words is similar to the Swype input method found on many Android devices such as the Galaxy Tab. Words are written by gliding a finger from one letter to another on the virtual keypad and there is no requirement to input spaces or punctuation.
Users can also enter text on the screen in the traditional way by tapping on the display. Nuance has incorporated pervasive XT9 predictive capabilities which feature next word prediction completion, Sloppy-Type word error correction and spell correction.
"FlexT9 delivers a unique-yet-powerful combination of voice and touch input that makes the tablet virtually indispensable because it's simply easier and faster to communicate," said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager of Nuance Mobile.
FlexT9 supports six languages and devices that run Android 2.1 and above. The app is available to download from the Android Market priced at £3.06.
A video demonstration of the Nuance App on the Samsung Galaxy Tab is available below.
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