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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Apart from Google Play, there’s also an Amazon Appstore where you can download and purchase Android apps. Until today only, they are offering paid apps for free that are worth US$135 in total. Some of the apps on offer include:
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II ($4.99)
OfficeSuite Professional 7 ($14.95)
SketchBook Pro ($4.99)
PrinterShare Mobile Print ($12.95)
Riptide GP2 ($2.99)
Merriam-Webster’s Third New International, Pro ($59.99)
mSecure – Password Manager and Secure Digital Wallet ($9.99)
Swype Keyboard ($3.99)
Perfectly Clear ($2.99)
You can check out the full free app offer listing over here. This is applicable for Kindle Fire and Android devices.
To get Amazon Appstore, you would need to download it from its website here. Take note that it is not available on Google PlayStore and it is installed via APK download. Before installing, you would need to allow installation of apps from unknown sources under your phone’s security setting.
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.
Hank Torres who is partially paralysed from the shoulder down had set a new record using Swype assisted with a head tracking device for his attempt. Even with such challenging condition, he managed to complete the following text just slightly over 83 seconds.
“The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”
This is an amazing feat and certainly benefit computer users with physical disabilities. Check out the video of the world record attempt after the jump.
Swype our favourite speed typing keyboard for android has just released another new update. This time around they re-open beta registration for first time users. Earlier on it was a time-limited beta which early adopters are able to sign up to receive Swype beta updates. New registrations were no longer accepted until now.
In this new update, they have added a host of new features such as support for English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, French and an early but unstable preview release of Chinese Pinyin. Other neat features include double-tap-to-edit, cursor restore, voice to text and support for HVGA, WVGA and WVGA854. Unfortunately QVGA displays like the HTC Wildfire is still not supported.
To sign up, head to Swype Beta page here. Note that this is not applicable for phones that comes with Swype pre-installed, like the Samsung Galaxy S.
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For those who don’t know what Swype is, it’s the fastest way to type on mobile devices. It is such a big hit among Android users and devices such as Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab already have Swype pre-installed. Earlier on, Swype also made an appearance for S60 5th Edition for Touch via Nokia beta labs.
Nokia N8 and C7 users can get Swype from the OVI store or download directly here.
The limitation now however is that it only works in landscape mode.
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