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Swype now available for rooted HTC EVO

Ropo's Swype screen capture I was recently greeted by a rather unhappy notification on my HTC EVO 4G that my installlation of Swype was no longer going to work and I needed to grab the latest and greatest version.

Having previously written about how to upgrade with an .apk that was available, I was still under the impression that getting Swype involved talking to some guy at the corner and downloading an .apk on the grey market, or signing my life away to enter the company's beta program and perhaps spending years of my life in indentured servitude to Swype corporate.

Yeah, I was wrong. Well, maybe not, but at least they have not called me up yet from page 800 of the terms and conditions.

Fortunately, updating Swype is as simple on your rooted HTC EVO as going to, signing up using an email address and password, uninstalling the old Swype, getting a code from the email, and then running the new installer. The whole process should be done in about two minutes.

There's not too much new that I can tell with the new Swype, but if it's your primary keyboard and the old one has started bugging you to upgrade, it's definitely worth a minute to get it from the source.

Oh, and if you're wondering why I say your EVO needs to be rooted to do this, it's because Swype Beta has to be installed without a previous version of Swype being on the phone. Swype has been included in many previous OTAs and cannot be uninstalled, which makes this a root-only post.

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Paul E King

Paul King started with GoodAndEVO in 2011, which merged with Pocketables, and as of 2018 he's evidently the owner. He lives in Nashville, works at a film production company, is married with two kids. Facebook | Twitter | Donate | More posts by Paul | Subscribe to Paul's posts

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