Swype beta updated with rapid-type mode and social integration

Daniel Bader

June 20, 2012 11:10 am

Swype has always been one of the best keyboards available on Android (and Symbian, mind you) and the beta has been updated today with some pretty major features. Nuance, the dictation company that purchased Swype last year, has done a great job integration its own services into the mix, such as voice typing using Dragon Dictation.

The new beta brings cloud-synced dictionaries, so your added words will be kept current across devices. This is very convenient for those who either have two or more Android phones or a phone and a tablet and want to maintain concurrent dictionaries. There is also a new four-in-one writing mode: you can either use the traditional swipe between letters method, but also rapid typing with Nuance’s XT9 patents.

You can also, as previously stated, talk to your phone, as well as draw letters much like Palm’s old Graffiti feature. Lastly, you can now log into your various social networks to have Swype interpret your most commonly-used words. This is very similar to SwiftKey and has actually helped me quite a bit.

Check out the whole kit and kaboodle at Swype.
Via: Engadget

  • Andy

    trouble installing…says installing, but nothing happens after several minutes. It never took this long before.

    Can you swype a blackberry keyboard without cleaning it?

  • Billy Bob

    Swype died the moment touch screens became fingerprint magnets.

  • Alpha

    So, does this mean that Swype will now upload your entire contact list and all your SMS and emails to Dragon’s servers to “help” the voice recognition?

  • Darren

    Cannot update. Why don’t they just make it available in the Google Play store?

  • Preacher

    I had to un-install the old swype i had and install fresh from beta, but im loving it.

  • Darren

    Duh – I just went to the Swype site on my phone and installed it directly from there. Now I csan switch between versions of Swype, neat to compare features.

  • STY

    I actually don’t like swype, since my active fingers block my view of the next letters sometimes, so lifting my fingers is a better option.

  • Hammam

    Swiftkey > Swype

  • Eric

    How do you do this across device syncing? I have a phone and a fire both running ICS and the latest swype beta, but can’t figure out how to sync the dictionary.

    “The new beta brings cloud-synced dictionaries, so your added words will be kept current across devices. This is very convenient for those who either have two or more Android phones or a phone and a tablet and want to maintain concurrent dictionaries.”