Swype for Android – Speed Up Your Productivity


These days the use of mobile phones is no longer limited to making calls only.  If you have a smartphone you can use it as a navigational device, for browsing the internet, checking your email, for entertainment, and a host of other applications.  Needless to say, many of these tasks require extensive text input.  Android phone users can now use Swype to type text into their smartphones.

What is Swype?

Two methods of typing are very popular these days: touch (e.g. iPhones) or a physical keyboard (e.g. Blackberry).

Swype is now available as a third option.  It’s a revolutionary way of entering text on SMS messages, emails, documents, etc. from your touchscreen phone.  This method was first made commercially available on the Samsung Omnia, a Windows mobile phone.  These days Swype for Android phones is already available.  In fact, the Swype typing technique is a key feature of the Android phone Motorola Droid X.

How Does Swype Work?

Forget about hitting each letter individually when entering text.  With Swype, you can simply swipe your finger across the virtual keyboard on your touchscreen.  There’s no need to lift your finger from the screen.  Using a continuous finger motion across the virtual keyboard, you can input words faster and more easily compared to other data input methods.

Swype uses a patented technology and word-matching search engine and database to identify words in your finger’s path.  Swype is an intuitive software and has the uncanny ability to get the words right.  When several choices are possible, a list of possible words pops up on the screen.

According to Swype’s developers, you can type up to 50 words per minute with this typing technique.

Swype for Android Phones

Not surprisingly, Swype is now one of the most popular apps for Android phones.  Unfortunately for many people, it is very hard to get.  It does come pre-installed on a few Android devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid X, Motorola i1, and Motorola Droid 2.  If you do not have these devices, Swype is accepting new members to test drive its beta version for Android devices.

Swype Updates

The beta version of Swype for Android devices has undergone a number of updates, primarily to fix accuracy issues and add new features.  Swype Beta for Android now supports a new feature, the Double-Tap-to-Edit.  Whenever Swype chooses a wrong word, you can tap the word twice and a word choice window will pop up.  Pick the correct word and continue typing.

Swype Beta for Android has also introduced a Voice-to-Text button.  However, this feature is available only for QWERTY layouts.

More updates are expected, so keep and eye out for the latest fixes and features of Swype for Android.

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