Thanks to some screenshots provided by ChronicWire on Twitter, in collaboration with Sonny Dickson, it was revealed that numerous references to Nuance’s speech recognition software are made in an internal build of iOS 5. These same references cannot be found in any current developer beta releases, or even in Apple’s SDK, but it’s very plausible that we could see this integration in the final release of iOS 5 next Fall. After all, it’s already been rumored that Apple has been negotiating a partnership with Nuance, primarily to integrate their speech-to-text functionality into iOS. If this is indeed true, we’re in for some really convenient functionality.
Nuance’s speech recognition software in iOS 5 would mean that you could essentially speak to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and have this software dictate what you’re saying. For example, if you were to say “hello world,” your speech would automatically be translated into text. This could be really useful if you had something long to write and didn’t want to go through the time-consuming task of typing it out manually. Nuance already has one of their speech recognition brands, Dragon Dictation, on the App Store. This iOS app allows you to tap to record, say what you want dictated, and then your speech will automatically be pasted into whichever text field, such as the body of an email, that you want. If this Nuance partnership is true, similar features to those that are available in this app would presumably be integrated across iOS.
Check out the very interesting video demonstration of Dragon Dictation after the break.