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Nokia Growth Partners, a global venture capital management fund, have announced a joint investment with Samsung into a revolutionary text entry concept, founded by none other than the co-inventor of T9. Cliff Kushler and Randy Marsden, along with a very talented team of software programmers and linguists, have put together a nifty predictive text-entry solution called Swype, which allows users to write over 30 words per minute on touchscreen devices by intelligently guessing the words they are trying to type. The $5.6 million USD investment will help further the technology that has already debuted on Verizon’s Samsung Omnia II.

Swype’s patented technology provides a faster and more intuitive way to input text on touch-screens because it has built-in intelligence that doesn’t require users to hit each letter accurately. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the keyboard, users can enter text at over 30 words per minute. Swype is designed to work across a variety of operating systems and devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, and GPS units among others. John Gardner, partner at Nokia Growth Partners said “UI technology is a key part of our view of the growing mobile market. We are delighted to participate in this round of funding for Swype, enabling them to bring their cutting-edge technology to more mobile and touch-screen devices.”

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