Swype finally available in Google Play!
Apr 23, 2013 11:00 PM –
For the first time Swype is finally available in Google Play for all to download. Traditionally it was only available as a preloaded keyboard by manufacturers such as Samsung or as an open beta. Now the latest version (1.5) can be downloaded in the Play store for $0.99 upfront (for now) or 30-day free trial. I have to admit, I’ve been an avid user and cheerleader of Swype since debut on Android and have seen it mature over the years (and recede a bit since being acquired by Nuance). Yet I still prefer it to the likes of SwiftKey or SlideIT. I switch phones often due to device reviews and always look for this to sideload (which is a pain)- now it will be much easier to go through the app store. In a nutshell you can slide or swipe to letters to make words, tap each letter, hand-write them or speak your words. There are a slew of new features in the update, download with convenient Install button above.
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Key Features for Swype include:
- Expanded Living Language Dialect Support – Swype’s Living Language now adds support for over 20 dialects. For Swype users in Australia, Swype automatically loads local words like lollies (candy), arvo (afternoon), and brekky (breakfast).
- Smart Touch – Smart Touch adjusts to each user’s personal input patterns. If a person consistently taps between G & H, but usually wants G, Swype will learn and adapt, so G is selected each time.
- Smart Reselect – When a user reselects a word for editing, Swype’s Smart Editor technology enables the device to consider the words before and after allowing for better replacement options.
- Dragon Mobile Assistant – For Swype users that have both Nuance’s Dragon Mobile Assistant and Swype, gliding their finger from the Swype key to the Dragon flame will provide quick and easy access to the powerful personal mobile assistant app for Android. Dragon now features unique proactive assistant and location sharing capabilities, making it easier than ever to find and meet up with friends, get automatically dialed into your next conference call, and hear text messages read aloud as they come in.
- New Keyboard Themes – Swype now has 13 keyboard themes with the addition of our new Holo and Artic designs.