Nuance launches new versions of Dictation and Search

Nuance has launched its Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search applications to the UK Apple App Store, and they’re free – Nuance says for a limited time but they’ve been free in the US since launch last year so we think it’s going to be sometime if never before they start to charge.

The two apps use Dragon’s NaturallySpeaking platform, which allows users to speak in any phrase and the NaturallySpeaking platform does the translation into text on your iPhone, and Nuance claim their translation is “more than five times faster than typing.”

Announced as part of Dragon Dictation 2.0, UK users now have access to the latest version, that is iOS-4 compatible and features a pop-up toolbar with app icons for quickly accessing and speaking content directly into email and text message apps, Facebook or Twitter status bars, or the clipboard. Dragon Dictation also includes a convenient Auto Save function that automatically saves your dictated text when interrupted by an incoming phone call.

Dragon Search for iPhone and iPod Touch lets users simply speak any search query to find any content on the mobile Web. Nuance’s innovative Dragon Search Carousel delivers fast, smarter search results within seconds across multiple channels all at once, including Google or Yahoo, and Wikipedia, iTunes, YouTube and Twitter.

If you’re multi-lingual then you’ll be pleased to here that Dragon Dictation features multi-lingual capabilities and additional language support will be added throughout 2010, starting with German in late July 2010.

The UK Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search Apps are available free for a limited time from the Apple App Store at and

Hurry they may not be “free” for long.

As well as Dragon Search and Dragon Dictation for iPhone there’s also
Dragon For E-Mail for the BlackBerry platform that lets you produce emails by simply dictating directly within the BlackBerry email client. For more info see