Swype Gets an Update

Swype Gets an Update

May 26, 2016

Swype just got a quick update.


Korean keyboards – CJI+, Naratgul & Sky
Added a set of India languages
Language database refresh
Bug fixes and optimizations

Swype costs $0.99 on the Play Store; a free trial version is available as well.

My App Addiction: Swype Keyboard

My App Addiction: Swype Keyboard

Feb 11, 2015

Years ago, I left Palm for snazzy, compact productivity animal known as the BlackBerry Curve. It had programs, companion desktop software and, most importantly, the best physical QWERTY keyboard in existence. Man… no need for false modesty here: I was BEAST. One handed goodness, email command became my hobby.

In short, at that point, I knew nothing could tear me away from using a BlackBerry device. By nature, I love to try out new forms of technology, but with regards to a main productivity tool, I simply did not see how I could find something as natural to use.

I remember getting my hands on the original iPhone. Fantastic concept, but pecking on glass was something I just couldn’t cotton to. I did meet people that were proficient as it, but I couldn’t replicate my physical keyboard typing speed on it.

Then, one day, I tried out Swype, a beta third-party keyboard, on the now-ancient HTC Hero.


I was blown away by the “swiping” concept, which allows a user to glide fingers across the keyboard to form words instead of conventional pecking. The built-in dictionary can be tweaked, and the recently added phrase correction is a great touch. The app also supports Dragon Dictation, multiple languages, emoji, themes, cloud-supported custom dictionary and more.

With a little practice, I was able to start swiping with ease. Now, I can use it single-handedly with either hand, which is great functionality to have. The voice key is another tool I use extensively, and I admit that I actually change the theme of the keyboard based on how I feel.

This was the one app that allowed me to fully adopt a new platform. Trust me when I say that is pretty major. At the end of the day, there are several worthy competitors, and i have no problem trying them out. frequently, even.

In the end, I keep coming home to Swype. It all but defines the term “addiction.”

Swype Keyboard Gets Big Update

Swype Keyboard Gets Big Update

Feb 5, 2015

Swype, one of the most popular virtual keyboards is getting a big update which is rolling out currently.

The new update brings floating functionality, new themes, new languages and a whole lot more.

Full details are below:

Intuitive Emoji support in 8 Languages: English (+UK), FR, IT, DE, ES, KR, CN
3 New FREE Themes: Material light, dark, & high-visibility (Bumblebee)
Floating keyboard: Move the keyboard anywhere
New languages: Vietnamese Telex, German CH, Italian CH, Burmese Zawgyi, Sinhala
Korean Initial Consonant Input added: enable in Settings
Added a return key to apps that supply a smiley by default
Performance improvements related to connected services
Many bug fixes (thanks for reporting!)

We had an opportunity to review Swype when it first became available on the Play Store; there is a free trial available, plus the premium version cost 0.99 (with optional in-app purchases).

[Sources: Google Play]

Swype Keyboard Review

Swype Keyboard Review

May 8, 2013

I’m a brave man. I believe a couple centuries ago, I would have been an explorer of sorts. I love a challenge, and few things scare me. Except spiders.

In any case, the prospect of switching from a device with a physical keyboard to one with a virtual one made me nervous. I was okay with switching from from one OS to another; I had done my research, liked the new ecosystem and liked the hardware available to me. The thing that really bothered me was the eventuality of having to peck on a touchscreen.

I’m here to tell folks: Swype made the switch possible.

Swype is an alternative keyboard from Nuance that changes the thumb/peck paradigm. Instead of (or, more accurately, in addition to) tapping with fingers, Swype allows for the user to input words by gliding a finger across letters without lifting a finger. The built-in predictive algorithm takes care of the rest.swype1

In practice, it is quite nifty. It does a pretty good job of guessing words accurately, and the suggestion tab right above the keyboard came in hand. For words it could not decipher, it allowed to to force them in by tapping; after this, I could add it to my dictionary. The keyboard sported an optional virtual trace line to aid the swiping motion. The keyboard itself was compact, and worked well in both portrait and landscape orientations. The English version was set up in the standard QWERTY layout, with the option to switch to a numbered keypad or two pages of special characters

I really liked the personalization options. It was possible to pick from several color themes, spacing and capitalization tweaks, and more. The user dictionary was editable and cloud-compatible. The built-in gestures that enabled stuff like hiding the keyboard or invoking the number pad was fantastic, as was the Dragon Dictation voice entry.

With regards to mobile data entry, swiping is not so new anymore; during Swype’s legendarily long beta process, several keyboards have incorporated the feature. Thus, I do believe Swype’s prediction engine could be sharper. Also, being able to adjust the size of the keyboard couldn’t hurt.

Still, Swype remains a very compelling productivity tool that can boast at least one world record.

FlexT9 and Dragon Creator Nuance Acquires Swype

FlexT9 and Dragon Creator Nuance Acquires Swype

Oct 7, 2011

Nuance, who are most well-known for their Dragon line of voice recognition products, have reportedly acquired Swype, creators of the well-known finger-tracing keyboard that comes preloaded on many phones. The price for Swype? A cool $100 million.

Note that Nuance makes the FlexT9 keyboard, which comes with its own finger-swiping mechanism. Thus, this makes the buyout even more confusing. The most likely hypothesis behind this acquisition, beyond unfounded speculation over legal wrangling, may go as this: Nuance wants to get close with the manufacturers the way that Swype has been doing. Swype has deals to put their keyboard in stock installations of many Android phones. Because Nuance offers their own speech to text software that FlexT9 uses, one way to drastically increase the usership of this over a competitor like Google would be to get their service used by millions of Android owners by default, by getting their product in Swype.

What this means for the future of the two products FlexT9 and Swype is unclear; will FlexT9 absorb Swype’s tracing, hopefully combining it with FlexT9’s typing keyboard with superior autocorrect? Will FlexT9 be abandoned for a Swype with Dragon voice support? Some entirely different fate altogether? Questions abound, and time will show what the future of both keyboards will be.

Source: This is my Next