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Swype finally released to Google Play

Swype on Google Play

Swype has been in beta and packaged with limited numbers of phones and devices for as long as I can remember, so it’s an interesting day to wake up and find that Swype has finally been released to Google Play and is available for any device.

For those who have not used it, Swype is an Android Keyboard replacement that has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records besides the record holder for fastest time to type a text message.

Swype Beta ending. Sort of…

Users of Swype Beta may want to start saving their hard earned dollars now as on September 14th, 2013 your Swype will be deactivated. It looks like the beta program is continuing however if you’re interested in rejoining, just in a slightly different fashion as you now have to join their forum and join a beta testers subgroup.

The new pay application allows you to disable the Dragon Speech tool, so people who despise that taking up screen real estate can rejoice.

Swype trial

For those interested in trying Swype on their device before committing to such a costly purchase of what may be world’s greatest keyboard, there is a trial of Swype available that will work for 30 days before self-destructing.

Unfortunately Swype’s newest offerings are not free for phones that already have it pre-installed. For that you’ll have to convince your carrier to license it in their next update, which is how most Swype users got it in the first place and the reason it’s been off the market. But it would be nice if Swype offered a discount to those of us who have it preinstalled.

Swype features

Swype QR code - also for those wondering why I'm calling it a costly purchase, it's irony. I didn't have time for an April Fool's joke this year and feel the need to get it out in little bits throughout this monthSwype currently features Living Language, a localization/trending word feature to auto add what peole are talking about at the moment, next word prediction, personal dictionary backup and sync for those of us who flash a lot of ROMs, a smart editor that flags potentially incorrect words and figures out what words would fit there to make the sentence make sense, and is available is 60 languages.

Swype is current available for $0.99

Download: Google Play

 

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9 thoughts on “Swype finally released to Google Play

  • Avatar of Wayne Tugwell

    I still miss my Left, Right and Up and Down Arrows, i had it on my 4G LTE with it enabled, but now i am on a SG3

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    • Wayne, maybe you already know this (and maybe Swype is different on the SG3), but for the newer versions of Swype on the LTEVO go to the number pad and long press on Edit/ABC (next to the Swype key). That’s where my arrow keys are hiding, along with some other editing goodies.

      HTH

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  • Avatar of Jmagnt7

    Love and useesome SwiftKey. Has the swype version now built in. Really best of both worlds without having to switch keyboards. But this is great news for anyone not already able to try Swype keyboard.

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  • Swype has been so glitchy for me since I got my EVO 4g LTE. I’m getting tired of Swype but I keep going back because of the copy and paste features.

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    • Have you been usign the beta or the horrible one that came with the EVO 4G LTE?

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      • I’ve used both and they both had the same problems. Some major problems and some not do major. One is it doesn’t capitalize the letter i automatically. Major problem is when typing into google it will sometimes delete the first i Swype and it will continue to keep on deleting the new words I am Swyping. It will not Swype past one word.

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  • Longtime swype user, and tried many different keyboards (I think I’ve paid for at least 4, as you can’t get a feel for them in a week or two’s time).

    I got sick of not being able to set some specific things, like keypress duration to get alternate text/numbers, and especially dictionary management. A few other things too (dragon dictation is a big nusiance more than anything).

    I’ve found Swiftkey Flow to be the best swipe/type combination keyboard with a decent number of settings. If I won;t use swype for free, I’m not going to think of paying for it unless they improve it dramatically.

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  • I’m probably going to buy this. I’ve been using swiftkey for a while now. I prefer the swype on swype. It just seems smoother and more accurate. There are issues with swype that infuriate and confuse me. So far predictive text hasn’t been working well for me. I like to curse and swiftkey doesn’t like for me to swipe them in.

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  • I’ve been using SwiftKey Flow since it was released because for some reason my voice button had disappeared from Swype when it switched to Dragon and I voice dictate alot.
    However Flow was never as accurate as Swype. I kept having to redo words over and over.
    So I tried this new Swype and the dragon button is back where it should be and the accuracy is so much better.
    I still use Swiftkey on my tablet because its the best tap typing app still.

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