Zi Corporation

Zi Corporation

March 14, 2005 08:02 ET

Zi Corporation Announces Availability of Decuma Handwriting Product for Download to UIQ Smartphones


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FOR: ZI CORPORATION

TSX SYMBOL: ZIC
NASDAQ SYMBOL: ZICA

MARCH 14, 2005 - 08:02 ET

Zi Corporation Announces Availability of Decuma
Handwriting Product for Download to UIQ Smartphones

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA and CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - March 14,
2005) - Zi Corporation (TSX:ZIC)(NASDAQ:ZICA) - CTIA 2005

Decuma Alphabetic Download Now Available at Handango.com; Provides
Improved Speed and Accuracy of Handwriting Recognition on Sony Ericsson
Smartphones

Zi Corporation (Nasdaq:ZICA)(TSX:ZIC), a leading provider of intelligent
interface solutions, today announced the general availability of its
Decuma® Alphabetic handwriting recognition software for the Sony
Ericsson P800/900/910 series of smartphones. Now available for consumer
download through Handango and its more than 100 download portals, Decuma
enables users to increase the speed and accuracy of a smartphone's
handwriting input mode. Zi Corporation will be demonstrating Decuma at
Booth #4913 at CTIA 2005.

With Decuma handwriting recognition software, handwriting input is now
natural and fast, enabling users to focus on the content rather than the
writing. Users can closely mimic writing with pen and paper, with
letters and words being written and interpreted in a natural flow,
allowing for easy editing and correction. Intuitive handwriting
recognition is fast becoming a critical driver in the user adoption of
smartphones - a market that is predicted to grow at a compound annual
growth rate of 28% through 2009, reaching a total of 94 million units by
2008, according to technology analyst firm IDC.

"Handwriting recognition can be one of the most frustrating features on
many mobile devices," said Milos Djokovic, CTO and COO for Zi
Corporation. "By making our Decuma technology available for Sony
Ericsson smartphones, users can immediately improve the speed and
accuracy of their phone's handwriting feature. Decuma even enables users
with poor penmanship, a unique slant and orientation, or a shaky hand,
to quickly and naturally write on their touch screen-based device."

Consumer interest in the download availability of the Decuma software
has been extremely high, with an inundation of enquiries from users
across the world. An Australian asked "When will Decuma be available for
the Sony Ericsson P900, I have it on my Palm Tungsten and it is
fantastic!" From Hong Kong comes the comment, "I recently came across
information on your product in an online forum and it got me really
excited-when will it be released?" And from the United Kingdom, "I have
checked your website and seen the promotional videos. I am really
impressed and interested." These are just a few of the hundreds of
expressions of interest in the unique Decuma handwriting recognition
software.

"The Decuma software has been embedded in the Sony CLIE handheld for
over a year resulting in widespread and enthusiastic consumer adoption.
Millions more users will now have the opportunity to use Decuma on their
Sony Ericsson smartphones," reported Glen Morgan, senior vice president
of global sales and marketing for Zi Corporation.

Decuma AB was acquired by Zi Corporation in January 2005 as part of its
long term strategy of developing software that simplifies and enhances
the user experience of mobile devices. Decuma's innovative handwriting
recognition technology complements Zi's industry-leading predictive text
input products, eZiText® and eZiTap™.

The Decuma product portfolio is comprised of three handwriting
recognition software products: Decuma Alphabetic for 15 languages,
including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and other western
languages; Decuma Chinese for Simplified and Traditional Chinese; and
Decuma Japanese, which supports Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana, latin
characters, symbols and digits. Decuma products are available for the
Palm OS, UIQ for Symbian OS and Windows Mobile for Pocket PC devices.

For media interviews or Decuma demonstrations at CTIA, please contact
Keith Giannini or Laura Ackerman at 781-684-0770 or
zicorp@schwartz-pr.com.

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,
Decuma for natural handwriting recognition and the new 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).

This release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, which
are subject to the safe harbour provisions of the United States Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking
statements include, among other things, statements regarding future
events and the future financial performance of Zi Corporation that
involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these
forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ
materially from actual future events or results due to a variety of
factors, including: the growth trends in the input technology industry;
new product development; global economic conditions and uncertainties in
the geopolitical environment; financial and operating performance of
Zi's OEM customers and variations in their customer demand for products
and services; the ability to successfully acquire businesses and
technologies and to successfully integrate and operate these acquired
businesses and technologies; dependence on the introduction and market
acceptance of new product offerings and standards; rapid technological
and market change; matters affecting Zi Corporation's significant
shareholder; litigation involving patents, intellectual property, and
other matters; the ability to recruit and retain key personnel; Zi
Corporation's ability to manage financial risk; currency fluctuations
and other international factors; potential volatility in operating
results and other factors listed in Zi Corporation's filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. Any projections in this release are
based on limited information currently available to Zi Corporation,
which is subject to change. Although any such projections and the
factors influencing them will likely change, except to the extent
required by law, Zi Corporation will not necessarily update the
information. Such information speaks only as of the date of this release.

Zi, Decuma, Qix, eZiTap and eZiText are either trademarks or registered
trademarks of Zi Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective owners.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    North American media inquiries:
    Schwartz Communications
    Keith Giannini or Laura Ackerman
    (781) 684-0770
    zicorp@schwartz-pr.com
    or
    European media inquiries:
    GBCS PR
    Brian Dolby / Bethany Caldwell (technology media)
    +44 (0) 115 950 8399
    brian@gbcspr.com / bethany@gbcspr.com
    or
    Investor inquiries:
    Allen & Caron Inc
    Jill Bertotti
    (949) 474-4300
    jill@allencaron.com