Swype Beta for Android receives major update

Swype Inc. has just released version of the popular Swype Keyboard for Android. Swype entered beta late last year, and this is probably the biggest update since then. According to Swype the changes are as follows:

2 major changes requested by users – In response to the outpouring of community feedback we’ve received, we’ve resolved two critical issues that have been creating a bad user experience.

First, the hidden word tip window has been all but completely removed. It will appear one time, and one time only, for the first hidden word you encounter after a new installation. After that, it’s a historic event!

Second, contact names that are automatically added to the user dictionary will now stay deleted instead of being re-added accidentally.

Additional resolution and language support – We’ve significantly expanded the beta’s support for various devices and languages. This update sees the addition of QVGA, WQVGA, WSVGA, and qHD support and the inclusion of dictionaries for Dutch, UK English, and Russian. Users should be aware that not all screen-resolutions include support for all languages. For a detailed list of which resolutions support which languages, please refer to our table of supported language and resolutions.

Prediction accuracy will no longer degrade significantly over time – In response to user feedback, we dove into our prediction algorithm looking for what might be causing prediction accuracy to drop drastically as Swype was used over the long term. We identified the issue and have implemented a fix. Please let us know if you continue to experience reduced prediction accuracy over time.

Users with access to the beta can begin downloading the update immediately by pointing their device’s browser to beta.swype.com/android/get.

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About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Lokhor

    On my Galaxy S i9000 I uninstalled the Swype that comes as part of the ROM to install the Swype beta so that I can benefit from these changes. It works well but if you wipe your dalvik cache at all you have to reinstall it.

  • I’ve been using Swype for a while now, I’m very happy with the changes they’ve implemented.

  • I used to use Swype but I am now using the Swiftkey keyboard instead. I will have to give Swype another go.

  • Sammy

    OS update on Moto Droid last night, and now the sliding capability is limited to drawing the line on the handset – input is not recognized.

  • Sammy

    Uninstalled Swype from Manage Applications, and reran the Swype Installer. This worked.

  • Alvin Brinson

    And… the most annoying features remain.

    1) TIP BUTTON wasting screen space.
    2) VOICE BUTTON wasting screen space.

    Due to these buttons, the spacebar is SO TINY that only a midget can type something.without.itlooking.like.this. Most keyboards give you the option to disable at least the voice button, and most don’t have a COMPLETELY USELESS TIP BUTTON!

    Come on, there’s NO REASON for it to be there once you learn how to use the keyboard.