If you’ve used an Android smartphone for at least 6 years, you’ve probably used Swype as your default keyboard. Instead of tapping individual keys with your fingers, Swype allows you to type faster by swiping through your letters on the screen. It’s so fast that it has broken a couple of records including a Guinness World Record.
Unfortunately, the custom keyboard’s days are numbered as the development of Swype has ended in order to focus on their AI solutions.
Swype is an effortless way to type as you simply just swipe across the letters instead of typing individual keys. For those who prefer the traditional tapping method, SwiftKey had is own clever word prediction feature where it predicts your next likely word instantly. Now Swype for Android is taking its speed input capabilities up a level with a new 2 word prediction. So if you type “How”, it will suggest “are you” or “are things” and it learns to pick up more words, the more you use it.
This comes with the latest Swipe 1.9 and there are other new features as well. The prediction now works with symbols and numbers, so if you can type on the keyboard based on its secondary value (that’s usually typed with a long press) and it will turn up as a suggestion. This saves time switching to symbol/number view or individually long pressing the secondary keys. The update also brings Chines text prediction through the cloud as well as the typical bug fixes with every new version.
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SwiftKey’s Chinese Input is finally out of Beta and it is now available for Android users. With the latest update, you are able to add Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese for either Taiwan and Hongkong. For quicker typing, the Chinese version also gets its famed predictive input where it studies your typing patterns and will try to predict the next word that you’re going to type next.
Pinyin (romanised spelling) is only available for simplified Chinese. To type even faster, you can just tap on the first romanised character of each word. So if you want to type 你好吗 (how are you?), you can just type “nhm” instead of “nihaoma”. If you’re a sloppy typist, it recognises typos and will autocorrect them for you. This also works with names and it gets smarter each time you use it.
To download, head over to the Google Play Store.
SwiftKey is an incredible on-screen keyboard that offers intelligent predictive input and swipe gestures for faster typing. The more you use it, the better it gets in predicting your next choice of words.
In their latest update for its Android version, the have made some minor tweaks that promises better performance than before.
Some of the changes include:
Keyboard appears 15-20% quicker
Keyboard closes 20-30% quicker
Switching between fields is 15-50% faster
Keyboard is now 10-18% more responsive
They have also added 12 more languages but unfortunately Chinese isn’t supported officially right now. However if you do want to use SwiftKey in Chinese, you can give its Beta Chinese input (Traditional/Simplified) a try over here.
If you haven’t tried it yet, you can download SwiftKey which is now a Free download pn the Play Store.
The popular SwiftKey keyboard is now available for free on the Google Play Store. Previously offered as a paid app at US$3.99, the intelligent keyboard has switched to a Freemium model. While it is free for unlimited use, SwiftKey will be making money by selling custom keyboard themes.
So what happens to those who have paid for the keyboard? You’ll get a additional 10 keyboard themes for free with their “Premier Pack” that’s valued at US$4.99. On the latest version 5, SwiftKey is introducing a couple new features including an extra row for numbers, an improved prediction engine and a new SwiftKey Store to discover new themes.
SwiftKey is an awesome keyboard which understands your typing habits and is able to predict the next word that you’re going to type. For those who prefer to swipe, there’s also a Flow Keyboard where you can glide away instead of tapping on each individual keys. Even Apple will be including SwiftKey-like features in their upcoming QuickType keyboard on iOS 8.
You can download SwiftKey over at Google Play Store here. Are you new to SwiftKey? Check out the promo video after the break.
On-screen keyboards normally take up almost half of your entire smart phone screen, leaving very little space left to see what you’re actually doing. Minuum (pronounced as “minium”) has a clever way around this problem by having a keyboard that takes up just a small tiny bar at the bottom. Instead of having a standard 3 row keyboard, minuum uses just a single row but you can still type normally as you do on a QWERTY keyboard. It also lets you expand the keyboard to a full size version when you need to.
Initially available as a paid app, most people are quite reluctant to give it ago. Now it has just released a new version 2.0 and there’s a 30 day trial version to test it out. A while back, they have tested several applications of minuum including a Galaxy Gear to prove that typing is now possible with a smaller screen.
Watch the demo after the break.
With the keyboard now being official, it comes with a price of US$0.99 on Google Play. The current price is apparently for a limited time only, so Swype users are urged to download it now before they start to hike up the price.
Head after the break for the intro video.
Swype Keyword is a popular custom keyboard on Android that lets you type faster than normal QWERTY keyboard tapping. However Android 4.0 users had been left out from the fun as it could only support devices with Android 2.3/3.0.
Head over to Swype Beta to download.
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Swype, the fast custom keyboard for Androids now has another update. Apart from your typical fast predictive input from a single motion on a screen, Swype now has several new gesture based features.
Now you can perform advanced actions such as copy, paste, cut and select all on Swype. Just Swype from the Swype Icon to either C (Copy), V (Paste) or X (Cut). To Select all, just swype from Swype Icon to A. There are other shortcuts as well, like Swyping from the icon to TW for Twitter or to GM for Google Maps.
For the majority that uses custom words or uncommon short forms, Swype now has a Personal Dictionary section where you can input and remove new words easily. This is pretty useful especially when getting rid of unwanted added new words.
To download, head to Swype Beta page here. Note: The new beta won’t work with devices that already have Swype pre-installed.
Our favourite keyboard Swype, is a must download for every Android device that we use. It offers typing with just a single stroke movement across the keyboard with a single finger, making it the fastest way to type long text and sms while on the go.
Although it works great on small handheld smart phones, we can’t say the same for tablet usage. We had tried Swype or equivalent style of inputs on the Galaxy Tab, HTC Flyer and ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, and we felt the usability of it gets less practical due to its larger screen and it gets worse when you’re on landscape mode. We have always wondered, what’s the point of having full width swyping keyboard for tablets when they can just maintain a small one for shorter distance of swyping. Now it seems that Swype has finally solved that with the upcoming Swype 3.0 which is slated to kick start its Beta anytime soon.
On Swype 3.0, they have optimised their keyboard for Android 3.X Honeycomb tablets, which offers both full width and a smaller sized keyboard which would go easy on the fingers. To add more flexibility, the mini-sized swype keyboard is movable to either left, centre or right side of the screen. For the full QWERTY keyboard typist, there’s also a predictive tap feature which automatically detects your typing pattern and corrects them immediately.
Right now the Beta download page is not available but you can check this link later of the day.
Check out the demo video after the jump.