Nuance signs multi year agreement with Nokia

Nuance Communications, a provider of speech and predictive text solutions, and Nokia have together announced a comprehensive multi year agreement to deliver innovative mobile speech and predictive text capabilities across a broad range of Nokia mobile devices worldwide. The agreement also establishes a strategic collaboration to advance an open integration framework for advanced input technologies that will foster innovation in the broader mobile developer ecosystem.

Nokia will use Nuance’s mobile input solutions to provide users with a new class of intuitive mobile user interface enabling improved access to the many mobile applications and services that drive productivity, convenience, safety, and consumer experience.

Nuance and Nokia will collaborate on open protocols to which development partners can leverage and extend a rich set of advanced multi-modal features, applications and consumer experiences on Nokia devices. Through a series of open programming interfaces, language models and development tools, those partners will have access to a vibrant and dynamic environment where mobile innovation around advanced multi-modal consumer interactions can flourish.

Lee Williams, senior vice president at Nokia, commented: “As a mobile industry pioneer, we’re continually bringing the best devices to market that not only capture our focus regarding design and leading edge technology, but that also meet the consumer’s need for innovative, easy-to-use solutions. By working closely with Nuance on leveraging their broad portfolio of mobile input solutions and to open up a framework for industry collaboration, we’re not only able to take advantage of their predictive text and speech software solutions, but also help in the creation of a vibrant ecosystem – one wherein the mobile applications and services of tomorrow can develop and flourish at a faster rate than otherwise possible.”

Steve Chambers, president of the mobile and consumer services division at Nuance, added: “The agreement with Nokia demonstrates the impact of our mobile and predictive text capabilities, and supports our broader vision of an Open Interface Framework that brings the mobile industry together in developing innovative, next generation mobile solutions. Nuance and Nokia are working together to enhance the overall mobile user experience, offering consumers a simple, safe and convenient way to interact with mobile phones. By tapping into our wide portfolio of mobile text and speech text technology, Nokia can make it easier than ever for users to control mobile devices and access advanced mobile applications, services and content.”