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Nuance Extends Leadership in Speech-Enabled Mobile Navigation.

Nuance Mobile Speech Platform Navigation Service Package Makes Voice Navigation Available on Mobile Phones

BARCELONA, Spain -- Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN), a leading supplier of speech and imaging solutions, today launched the Nuance Mobile Navigation Service Package for the Nuance Mobile Speech Platform. The new offering includes packaged street and address grammars that allow mobile navigation application providers to add voice destination entry (including street addresses, businesses and points of interest) and natural spoken turn-by-turn directions to mobile navigation applications for mobile phones and PDAs.

The location based search market is expected to exceed $1 billion in 2008 in the United States alone, according to industry analysts. The availability of navigation on mainstream mobile phones is a key growth driver in this market. The Nuance Mobile Navigation Service Package will help drive consumer acceptance of navigation applications by making them easier to use on mobile phones. This new offer extends Nuance's leadership in speech solutions for navigation systems, as Nuance is already a leader in voice-enabled embedded navigation systems in the automotive and portable GPS device segments.

The Nuance Mobile Speech Platform provides J2ME, BREW, Symbian and Windows Mobile application developers with the ability to enhance their offerings with a seamless speech experience. From advanced speech recognition to natural text-to-speech, the Nuance Mobile Speech Platform dramatically improves the usability of mobile search applications such as content download, directory services and navigation. Instead of typing search terms or locations on tiny keypads, users can simply speak their request. Navigation applications designed with the Nuance Mobile Speech Platform allow users to speak natural queries into a mobile phone or PDA to find a location or specific address. The phones can also support read-back of on-screen directions, including street names, using Nuance's latest network-based text-to-speech technology.

"We currently offer users a number of different ways to enter destinations, but we believe voice destination entry will truly enhance the user experience of our service," said Drew Morin, senior vice president and chief technology officer, TCS (NasdaqGM: TSYS), a global leader in wireless data and location technology. "The Nuance Mobile Navigation Service Package allows us to offer voice destination entry so that subscribers no longer need to use a telephone keypad. Speech entry is easy to use and will offer subscribers a clean and simple interface for our powerful and accurate navigation services."

"As we continually evaluate the technologies necessary to continue our market leadership, we turned to Nuance as the leaders in speech recognition technology for voice destination entry on mobile phones," said Hassan S. Wahla, senior director, business development, TeleNav, a provider of phone-based GPS navigation services offered through carriers and OEMs world wide. "Our continued work with Nuance on the Nuance Mobile Speech Platform has been extremely beneficial to our understanding of the full power of speech recognition, and how it may fit into the evolution of our navigation services."

"Wireless location-based services present a tremendous revenue opportunity for both wireless providers and application providers, but widespread consumer adoption requires a more efficient user interface, such as speech," said Michael Thompson, vice president and general manager, telco, search and communications, Nuance. "Our leadership in the full spectrum of speech technologies allows Nuance to bring a complete speech solution to this market and significantly enhance the usability of navigation services around the globe."

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for business and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications, and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share, and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

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