Samsung and ABBYY Collaborate to Enhance the WiTu Smartphone

September 10, 2008

ABBYY Lingvo Dictionary Software and Business Card Recognition Application Enable Users of Samsung WiTu (SGH-i900) to Enhance Business Communications


ABBYY and Samsung today announced that they have expanded their partnership to integrate two applications, the ABBYY Lingvo dictionary software and business card recognition (BCR) application, into the new Samsung WiTu (SGH-i900) smartphone. The integration will enable users of the Samsung WiTu to scan and deposit business card information directly into their telephone address books, as well as rely on ABBYY’s expansive Russian-English/English-Russian dictionary while on the go.


The mobile version of ABBYY Lingvo dictionary software contains over 50,000 entries in its English-Russian dictionary and 15,000 entries in its Russian-English dictionary. Samsung WiTu users can additionally download, at no cost, extended versions of the English-Russian and Russian-English general dictionaries, audio pronunciations of 15,000 common English words, a monolingual Russian dictionary and a thesaurus of Russian business terms. ABBYY Lingvo also includes Lingvo Tutor, a flash-card application for memorizing new words quickly and efficiently.


The BCR application, developed by ABBYY’s Korean partner DIOTEK using the ABBYY Mobile OCR SDK, allows Samsung WiTu users to quickly capture business card content using the phone’s built-in digital camera and accurately transfer the contact information from the image directly into the telephone address book. Using the application, users can capture contact information in 12 different languages and also add pictures to specific contacts.


“We are working closely with the leading mobile device manufacturers in the market to actively expand our line of innovative mobile solutions,” said Olga Tolstunova, deputy director of ABBYY’s Mobile Solutions Department. “The addition of the ABBYY Lingvo dictionary and BCR technologies to the Samsung WiTu smartphone is yet another indication that mobile business applications have become an essential part of modern mobile devices.”


This is the fourth joint integration project for ABBYY Russia and Samsung. The ABBYY Lingvo dictionary software was pre-installed on Samsung DuoS mobile phones and the complete line of Samsung notebook computers available in Russia. The two companies have also collaborated to equip several Samsung mobile phone models in Europe and Indonesia with the ABBYY BCR technology.


The Samsung WiTu features an interface designed specifically with touch-screen navigation in mind, and showcases a 3.2-inch 240х400-pixel screen. Powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, the WiTu is also equipped with a 5-megapixel camera, WiFi and Bluetooth, a GPS module, a TV-Out connector and a large number of video codecs including DivX and Xvid.