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Nuance takes on Swype with free Android keyboard

Voice-to-text expert Nuance today announced the FlexT9 alternative keyboard for Android, and is offering it for free to Aussie customers until 14 September.

Voice-to-text expert Nuance today announced the FlexT9 alternative keyboard for Android, and is offering it for free to Aussie customers until 14 September.

Taking a swipe at today's popular keyboards. (Credit: CBSi)

Android users running version 2.1 or higher can download the app from the Android Market.

Described by Nuance as a "multi-modal" input tool, FlexT9 gives users the option to input text using speech, handwritten symbols and traditional tap-style entry, as well as letter-tracing similar to the Swype keyboard. Users can switch methods while composing a message and use any of the four input modes in the same message.

Similar to the Nuance Dragon Dictation app for iPhone, the speech-recognition function requires an active internet data connection to operate, with the translation of speech-to-text occurring on a remote server.