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Swype opens its beta

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Dec 2010 18:44

Swype opens its beta After being in closed beta since early this year, alternative text input software Swype has moved to open beta, giving most Android users a chance to try the application.
For those that have not used the software or seen commercials, Swype lets users slide their finger over the touchscreen to spell words, allowing for typing speeds much faster than normal input, or even physical keyboard input.

Using predictive design, the software will determine what word you are trying to type, even if you spell it wrong when sliding.

Current beta users will get a nice upgrade, as well. Reads the Swype site:

First and foremost - We've resolved an accuracy issue that was introduced in the last beta update. Refer to the changelog for more detail on this critical fix.

Second - Swype BETA for Android now supports Double-Tap-to-Edit! Swype choose a wrong word? Just tap the word twice to bring up the word choice window, pick the correct word, and the cursor will return to wherever it was before. It doesn't get any simpler! See a video demonstration, and check out our other tips and tricks.

And Third - Swype BETA for Android now includes a Voice-to-Text button (available for QWERTY layouts ONLY)! You MUST have Google Voice Search pre-integrated in your ROM for this feature to work. We wish everyone could access it, and are working to adapt our existing code to support versions of Voice Search downloaded from the market, as well as other voice search providers, in our next update.

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