Mar 31, 2010 5:00 AM –
Swype provides a faster and easier way to input text on any screen. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard, the patented technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods—at over 50 words per minute. The application is designed to work across a variety of devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, virtual screens and more.
AndroidTapp.com Android App Review:
Pros & Cons:
- Genius new way to quickly input text on virtual keyboards
- Fast, accurate and easy to learn
- New text input learning experience
- Currently Beta and closed now
- No Voice-to-Text for Android 2.1 devices
- Not available in the Android Market… yet
Swype closed their Beta
Swype Keyboard is unique and an extremely fast method for inputting text on virtual keyboards. Swipe to spell words in one continuous motion or it supports tapping one letter at a time. It can be used in Portrait or Landscape mode. It features easy methods to capitalize the first letter of a word, predictive words, learning library, and you don’t have to perfectly swipe letters for it you figure out what you’re trying to type. Word correction is made easy by double tapping the word then pressing the “Swype Input” button to bring up auto-correction context menu. Features a tutorial within the app which is the best way to learn Swype input.
Video: Swype for Android Demo
Swype Keyboard Writing 1
Swype Keyboard Writing 2
Swype Keyboard Numbers
Swype Keyboard Writing in Landscape Mode
Swype Keyboard Tips
Swype Keyboard Settings Menu
Virtual keyboards are a difficult aspect to master, Swype takes this common problem and offers a faster, easier and more accurate solution than tapping every letter. Swype’s goal is to offer their keyboard implementation built into all touch screen devices from the OEM offering choice to consumers (See how it broke the world record for texting with the Samsung Omnia II).
I do know some developers who still love their G1 passionately because they need a full physical QWERTY keyboard and Swype might not do the trick for them; though they’re smaller segment of the user base.
Tips, Tricks and How to Install & Use Swype:
How do I Install Swype
Download from the address above. Once installed you have to first enable Swype to have the permission to be used as a keyboard on Android. To do this go to “Settings” » “Language & keyboard” » check Swype. Now that Swype is enabled, from any text input Longpress it and choose “Input Method” » then choose Swype from the list.
Tip on Deleting words with Swype
Longpress “Delete” button automatically deletes full words until you stop pressing it (beats individually tapping each letter to delete).
How to Capitalize the First Letter with Swype
For capital letters without tapping the uppercase button, start from the first letter and swipe up outside the keyboard area then down towards the next letter and complete your word… it will capitalize the first letter.
How do I Type Double Letters with Swype
For double letters like “teen” swivel a little circle on the “e”. This will help avoid typing “ten”. The great thing is that the circle you create does not have to be perfect.
Other Swype Tips
Tap-Hold (or Longpress) Information button gives Tips menu. Tap Swype button gives Swype functions like word correction, add words, remove words, etc.
If used it will be used every time you input text on the virtual keyboard.