Samsung’s Wave II, the successor to the original Wave is already on sale in quite a few Asian and European markets – according to a press release from Samsung. The 3.7 inch screen laden device is the larger cousin to the original Samsung Wave S 8500. When the (original) Samsung Wave was launched, it shipped with Swype Technologies”Swype” text entry technolgy that allowed users to swype their texts – instead of the standard typing method. Swype allows users to glide their fingers on a virtual keypad from one alphabet to another and create a word. This method of typing was way faster than the standard qwerty fare and T9 input methods.
Now, it was natural for everyone to expect the same technology to be used on the Wave II. That however isn’t the case. Instead of shipping with Swype, the Wave II gets Nuance Communications’ “Trace” technology – which is similar to Swype. It would be known as QuickType on the Wave II. Nuance technologies owns the T9 text input entry method and is not a new player in this arena and it would e interesting to see how it fares when compared with Swype – which has incidentally earned a place in the record books for being the technology used fastest text entry method on handhelds.
Samsung is known to have good relations with folks over at Swype and we wonder why they chose Nuance this time. What do you folks think?