Language Leader Zi Corporation Showcases Four New SMS Databases at CommunicAsia 2006
Singapore, June 21, 2006 - Zi Corporation (Nasdaq: ZICA) (TSX: ZIC), a leading provider of intelligent interface solutions, today announced it is premiering its predictive text software for Indian languages at CommunicAsia 2006 (Stand 3K1-07).
Zi’s eZiText® predictive text solution for one-touch entry and eZiTap™ for intelligent multi-tap entry are now available in four new languages for the Indian wireless market. The languages include Bengali, Tamil, Punjabi and Gujarati. Subscribers in these emerging wireless markets can now enter text more quickly and customize their mobile phones through the use of personal language.
Now supporting more languages worldwide than any other vendor in the predictive text messaging market with 54 language databases, Zi provides intuitive user interface solutions to more than two thirds of the world’s population. By integrating Zi’s powerful predictive text products, mobile phone manufacturers can enhance the text entry experience for subscribers and drive increased usage rates for mobile operators. The four new language databases have already been delivered to Zi customers for use in its mobile phones.
“Asia has always been at the very heart of Zi’s market presence and commitment,” said Milos Djokovic, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zi Corporation. “The new Indian languages being demonstrated for the first time at CommunicAsia further endorses this commitment to the region and also strengthens our position as the world’s leading intelligent interface solutions provider.”
With Gartner Research predicting the Indian mobile services market will reach $24 billion by the end of 2009 and other sources citing India as one of the fastest growing markets in the world, Zi is allowing mobile operators and handset manufacturers to capitalize with specific language offerings for text input and messaging. In addition to Hindi which has 340 million speakers and Urdu with more than 10 million, Zi now provides predictive text messaging technology for 227 million Bengali speakers, 66 million Tamil speakers, 50 million Punjabi speakers and 46 million Gujarati.
Zi Corporation became the world’s number one mobile device language database provider in January when it launched the four new Indian language databases along with Afrikaans and Swahili for its award-winning predictive text products.
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About Zi’s predictive text products
Zi’s user-friendly text input system, eZiText, enables consumer electronic manufacturers and telecom carriers to provide end users with richer, more personalized text input experiences. eZiText provides faster and more efficient text entry through truly predictive one-touch entry and word completion, coupled with the ability to learn from a user’s usage patterns and new vocabulary.
eZiTap delivers users a fast and personal text input experience. As a user enters letters through multi-tap, eZiTap searches its language dictionary and predicts multiple words for easy selection. Rather than typing the rest of the word, the user simply select one of eZiTap’s suggestions and moves on. eZiTap learns new words and predicts them in subsequent text entry. This is especially useful for names, slang, acronyms and other unique words.
About Zi Corporation
Zi Corporation (www.zicorp.com) is a technology company that delivers intelligent interface solutions to enhance the user experience of wireless and consumer technologies. The company provides device manufacturers and network operators with a full range of intuitive and easy-to-use input solutions, including eZiText® for one-touch predictive text entry, eZiTap™ for intelligent multi-tap entry, eZiType™ for keyboard prediction with auto-correction, Decuma® for predictive pen-input handwriting recognition and the Qix™ service discovery engine to enhance the user experience and drive service usage and adoption. Zi’s product portfolio dramatically improves the usability of mobile phones, PDAs, gaming devices and set-top boxes and the applications on them including SMS, MMS, e-mail and Internet browsing. Zi supports its strategic partners and customers from offices in Asia, Europe and North America. A publicly traded company, Zi Corporation is listed on the Nasdaq National Market (ZICA) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ZIC).
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