Nuance Communications has announced the launch of Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search applications for iOS for free in Saudi Arabia.

The apps support the Arabic language and this release marks the first deployment of Standard Arabic Dragon voice recognition for iOS applications, and the debut of the Dragon Apps in the Middle East.

According taken last year by Arab Advisors, considering mobile phone users in Saudi Arabia, 47 %t of respondents who use applications prefer to use them in the Arabic language.  It also found that iPhones have a 40 percent share of all smartphones operating systems in Saudi Arabia.

Dragon Dictation features a pop-up toolbar with app icons that enable users to easily send their dictated text to email, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, or the clipboard. Dragon Dictation also includes a convenient Auto Save function that retains dictated text when the user is interrupted by an incoming phone call.

More information can be found in their video [Mixed Arabic and English]

“We are very excited to bring the power of voice to Saudi Arabia via Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search, marking our debut in the Middle East as part of a response to global demand for voice interfaces and applications,” said Anil Kumar, Regional Director, Nuance Middle East and Balkans. “With availability in 29 countries, Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search make it incredibly easy for mobile consumers all over the world to bring their ideas to life by just speaking.”

With multilingual capabilities, all Dragon app users are able to easily switch between supported languages as they come available a handy thing for travellers and the diaspora community anywhere.