OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Dictionary.com (www.dictionary.com), the leading online and mobile dictionary, announced that its mobile products have exceeded *20 million downloads, making it the world's most downloaded dictionary across iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry platforms. Demand for Dictionary.com apps – further evidenced by iTunes App Store's recent listing as the #2 free reference app for iPhone (#8 paid) and #3 for iPad for 2010 – is currently growing at a rate of 1M downloads/month. The company marked this milestone by launching next-gen iPhone and Android apps that offer voice-to-text functionality, access to fresh, exclusive word-related content and other features representing the next wave in mobile capability.
"As one of the few companies to reach the 20 million download mark, we've learned that the mobile environment is quickly becoming an extension of the individual," said Shravan Goli, President, Dictionary.com. "Your vocabulary, and the way you employ it, is one aspect that defines and distinguishes you. Our new apps deliver that personalization."
The new voice-to-text functionality enables Dictionary.com users to forgo spelling and receive definitions by simply speaking into their smartphones. "How many times have you heard a word in conversation, during a lecture, or on TV that you had no idea how to spell, and therefore couldn't look up?" said Goli. "Now just speak the word, and the definition appears on your Dictionary.com app."
Additional new features include:
- Fun customizable backgrounds
- 'Favorite word' list creation
- Dynamic daily content from The Hot Word blog and Word of the Day
- Click any word to get a definition
- Social media sharing
- One-click switch between thesaurus & dictionary
"Apps are evolving to be an extension of everyday behavior, and the latest from Dictionary.com offer a total destination for word discovery available anywhere, anytime, at the utterance of a word," said Goli.
The upgraded iPhone and Android apps – which have been submitted to app stores and will be live shortly – contain all of the standard features of Dictionary.com mobile apps, including:
- Dictionary and Thesaurus (over 1 million words)
- Audio pronunciation
- English and Spanish Word of the Day
- Recent search history
- Example sentences
- Word origin and history
Dictionary.com is the leading provider of online and mobile language reference products and services. The company is an affiliate of Ask.com, the leading brand for questions and answers online. Both are wholly-owned subsidiaries of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI). Dictionary.com, LLC, includes Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, Reference.com and Translator, and serves an average of 50 million unique users worldwide per month (source: 2010 Quantcast data and internal mobile usage data). For more information, please visit www.dictionary.com.
*Total downloads for Dictionary.com mobile apps is 22 million as of December 14, 2010