Nuance talks&zooms version 50 Release Notification

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Nuance TALKS&ZOOMS Version 5.50
Release Notification


We proudly announce the release of the Nuance Accessibility Suite – Nuance TALKS and ZOOMS – Version 5.50 supporting Series 60 3rd Edition / 5th Edition / Symbian^3.

Version 5.50 is a free upgrade for all Premium Edition licenses generated after November 13th, 2007 (the release date of TALKS 3.50 for 3rd Edition). In particular, this means that it can be installed by any customer who is currently able to run version 4.11 or 5 without requiring a new license.

Please note that, as in previous versions, ZOOMS screen magnification is supported only on Series 60 3rd Edition and 5th Edition phones.


As you all know, TALKS&ZOOMS is an application that operates on the Nokia/Symbian platform. In October 2012, the Nokia Belle Feature Pack 2, widely considered the last major update for Symbian, was released and the Symbian Signed program closed on January 1st 2014. Without further Symbian updates and the vital signing process, Nuance Communications regrettably cannot create further releases of the TALKS&ZOOMS application. Nuance Communications will however continue to support and champion TALKS&ZOOMS while it is still viable to do so and within the available technical options.

Nuance TALKS&ZOOMS has been a pioneering application in the area of Mobile phone accessibility and was an innovative tool in providing access to handset content. We would like to extend our gratitude for your support of the TALKS&ZOOMS solution since its inception near the turn of the century. You helped make Nuance TALKS&ZOOMS the first choice for mobile screen access during more than 10 years!

Thank you!

1.2.Alternative Accessible Applications

As the availability of Symbian phones is further declining, Nuance Communications in partnership with Code Factory S.L invites you to try Mobile Accessibility for Android; our Screen Reading solution for the Android platform. Enjoy using a robust Screen Reading solution with a familiar set of Text-To-Speech voices for the world's most popular mobile platform. Visit Code Factory on:

In addition, we are excited to offer an accessible keyboard for Android. Nuance Swype now provides Text-To-Speech feedback to users of the popular Swype keyboard application. Find out more on:

Nuance Communications does not have immediate plans to develop and productize new screen readers for mobile handset platforms. We will however continue to work closely with our many partners in the industry and in particular in the accessibility markets to make available our market-leading Text-To-Speech voices in many accessibility products across different platforms and applications.

2.Changes to the list of supported phones

There are no changes to the list of supported phones in the version. See section 6 for a full list of compatible handsets for this version.

3.What’s New?

This section lists the improvements of TALKS&ZOOMS 5.50 compared to the previous version (5.31).

3.1.New version of Vocalizer:

  • Vocalizer 5.61.2: this version includes the latest updates from ongoing Vocalizer product development, with various improvements across several languages and voices.


  • Better support for Standby-screen icons such as missed calls, new messages and voicemail.

  • Improved focus in notifications on the Standby-screen when using the Nokia theme.

  • Improved virtual-keyboard support when entering a WLAN-Key.

  • Improved recognition of North American formatted phone numbers.


  • Added support for conference "drop call" and "private" screens.

  • Reduced stuttering of screen contents when initiating phone calls.

  • The "Repeating caller ID" setting is now used for 2nd incoming calls.


  • Browser: Improved recognition of page elements that can be clicked/activated.

  • Email (Symbian^3): Message reading support after recent application updates.

  • MP3 Player (Symbian^3): Improved detection of main window to avoid repeated reading of time.

  • WhatsApp: Improved Recognition of additional screens.

4.Known Issues with specific phones and apps

This section lists some frequently reported known problems and limitations that may occur when using TALKS with particular handsets or apps:

  • Symbian^3: Symbian versions Belle FP1 and FP2 are not fully supported, so firmware upgrades to these versions should not be applied. In particular, the keyboard for Belle FP2 is not accessible with TALKS.

  • Nokia C6-00: Using [Talks] shortcuts involving a digit key is not possible in the stand-by screen of this phone.

  • Daisy2go on Symbian Anna: after adding a new book to the bookshelf, the application will close. However, the book is added correctly and can be used after starting the application again.

  • Nokia E7-00: the default [Talks] key on this phone is the [Menu] key at the front of the device. On phones without Symbian Anna update, this key will not behave correctly if it is pressed twice too quickly, or if the touch screen is used within about a second after pressing [Talks]. It is recommended to upgrade to Symbian Anna, or to always wait a moment after pressing the [Talks] key on this phone.

  • Symbian^3 (without Symbian Anna update): double-tapping on a scroll bar may lead to a restart of the phone, especially if it is done quickly after opening a new window.

  • Nokia C5-03: In the List view of the main menu, no cursor is displayed when moving around with the side keys, so the focus is not spoken. As a workaround, use either Grid view, or explore the screen to select menu items.

  • Touch phones, mostly 5th Edition: Currently, some menus for switching to other keyboard layouts and for picking suggestions from the T9 dictionary are not fully accessible. Switching to other keyboard layouts is not recommended on 5th Edition phones, as some of them (e.g. mini-Qwerty or handwriting) are not yet supported by TALKS, and can be difficult to exit.

  • 5th Edition only: On some phones opening the symbol table in the on-screen keyboard can lead to the keyboard stopping to take input until you press [Exit] to go to the main menu, and then return to the application where you were entering text.

  • 5th Edition only: text entry into an object announced as “Fields” (e.g. a date or a time) is not supported well by this version of TALKS, as the virtual keyboard cannot be used with speech. This limits the use of the Calendar and Clock applications that rely on these types of objects for date and time input.

  • N97: training mode will read the digits, rather than the letters, for the keys in the top row of the QWERTY keyboard.

  • 3rd Edition (FP1 and FP2): the “Search” application is not supported.

  • 3rd Edition FP2: You will notice a slow response of voice recognition "beep" after holding [Key 2] when TALKS is not muted

  • E75: When using ZOOMS, moving around the screen by holding down the cursor keys is currently not possible. The magnified portion of the screen always follows the current focus position.


Q: Your software does not install on my E-Series handset or branded device, and reports a Certificate Error! Why?
A: While TALKS&ZOOMS for Symbian itself is certified, and thus can be installed on any supported handset, the installers for the TTS engines (Eloquence or Vocalizer for Mobile) are not signed. E-Series handsets and some branded devices only accept the installation of signed software, unless you turn of the corresponding option inside the Application Manager:

  • Open the phone menu.

  • Open the App. Manager inside the Tools folder

  • Press “Options”, then select “Settings”.

  • Set “Software Installation” from “Signed only” to “All”.

  • Press “Back” to close the Settings dialogue, then “Exit” to close the App. Manager.

  • Now, you can install the TTS engine.

Another reason could be that the date on your phone is not set correctly – as Symbian apps need to be digitally signed, SIS files can only be installed if the phone is set to a valid date.

Q: Can I install the new release of TALKS&ZOOMS, while a previous release is active?

A: Yes, if the new version is installed to the same memory location as the previous release. If you would like to change the memory location, you have to remove the previous release first!

    Q: Why do the side keys on my touch screen phone no longer move the cursor after upgrading to the latest version of TALKS?

A: Some keyboard functions, such as [Talks],[digit] shortcuts on the Idle screen and the use of the side keys to navigate through menus on 5th Edition, are only supported after the phone has been rebooted once after installing or re-enabling TALKS.

    Q: Why do I get an “Invalid serial number” error when trying to activate a demo version of TALKS, even though I have entered the code correctly and never used TALKS on this phone before?

    A: The most likely reason is that TALKS thinks the demo has already “expired” because the date on the phone is set incorrectly, usually to some date in the future.

    Another possible reason is that versions of TALKS prior to 5.30 do not accept demo licenses expiring after April 20, 2013. In this case, the workaround is simply to use the current version of TALKS.

    Q: Why do I get an “Upgrade error” when installing the S60 3rd/5th Edition version?

    A: The most likely reasons are that you have used a beta release, or already have the Nokia TTS driver available that was installed as a separate file with version 3.10. Please remove any beta version, as well as the Nokia TTS driver or the Nuance Speech2Go Reader application, before upgrading to TALKS 5.22.

6.Full compatibility list

6.1.Current models

This section lists compatible handsets running on Series 60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2, Series 60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 up to Belle Refresh. Devices marked with [*] currently do not support ZOOMS screen magnification.

  • Keyboard phones:

    • Nokia 5320 XpressMusic

    • Nokia 5630 XpressMusic

    • Nokia 6700 slide (but not 6700 classic!)

    • Nokia 6210 Navigator

    • Nokia 6220 Classic

    • Nokia 6650 fold

    • Nokia 6710 Navigator

    • Nokia 6720 classic

    • Nokia 6730 classic

    • Nokia 6790 Surge / slide

    • Nokia C5-00

    • Nokia C5-00 5MP

    • Nokia E5-00

    • Nokia E52

    • Nokia E66

    • Nokia E71

    • Nokia E71x

    • Nokia E72

    • Nokia E73

    • Nokia E75

    • Nokia N78

    • Nokia N79

    • Nokia N85

    • Nokia N86

    • Nokia N96

    • Nokia X5-01

  • Touch screen phones:

    • Nokia 700

    • Nokia 701

    • Nokia 5230 Xpress Music

    • Nokia 5800 Xpress Music

    • Nokia C5-03

    • Nokia C6-00

    • Nokia C6-01

    • Nokia C7-00

    • Nokia E6-00

    • Nokia E7-00

    • Nokia N8-00

    • Nokia N97

    • Nokia N97mini

    • Nokia X6

  • Untested, but expected to work:

    • Nokia 500 (new)

    • Nokia 5228 Xpress Music

    • Nokia 5235 Xpress Music

    • Nokia 5530 Xpress Music

    • Nokia 5730 Xpress Music

    • Nokia X7-00

6.2.Earlier models (3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 and older)

This section lists handsets running earlier versions of Series 60 3rd Edition which can still be upgraded to run TALKS 5.00. However, they are typically no longer available in most regions except as second-hand and refurbished devices.

  • Nokia 3250

  • Nokia 5500

  • Nokia 5700

  • Nokia 6110 Navigator

  • Nokia 6120C

  • Nokia 6121C

  • Nokia 6124 Classic

  • Nokia 6290

  • Nokia E50

  • Nokia E51

  • Nokia E60

  • Nokia E61

  • Nokia E61i

  • Nokia E62

  • Nokia E63

  • Nokia E65

  • Nokia E70

  • Nokia E90

  • Nokia N71

  • Nokia N72

  • Nokia N73

  • Nokia N75

  • Nokia N76

  • Nokia N80

  • Nokia N81/ N81 8GB

  • Nokia N82

  • Nokia N91

  • Nokia N95 / N95 8GB

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