Swype Inc. has just released version 18.104.22.16884 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.