Swype for Android updated with crowdsourced “living language” support, better predictions

Daniel Bader

January 7, 2013 9:43 am


Swype has continued its quest for Android dominance by releasing version 1.4 of its excellent keyboard replacement today.

The main feature addition is something called Living Language, an opt-in service which will sync crowdsourced dictionary items, words among Swype users that are most commonly used. The idea is an extension of its latest release, where Swype would add what it thought to be the most commonly used words in specific languages.

The new beta also comes with Smart Editor, the equivalent of acting on those green squiggly lines in Microsoft Word. The app analyzes not only the spelling of individual words, but the grammar and context of the sentence as a whole and makes corrections to it.

Lastly, Swype can now be installed without registering at beta.swype.com, though you will have to visit the site on your Android device to initiate the download.

Source: Swype
Via: Android Central

  • Jorvay

    I’ll give the new Living Language option a shot. I just hope it doesn’t lead to issues with replacing real words with random short forms that happen to share similar key arrangements.

    • Twosee

      RIP Android :)

  • Dalex

    Nope, swiftkey is better. The end.

    • Eduardo

      I completely agree. “Swiftkey Flow” is much much better than Swype.

    • crimsona

      I’ve posted this on the Flow thread too, but you can’t use Swiftkey Flow on Google searches, Google Maps searches, browser address bars, login fields and mailto address fields because of a design choice by the Swiftkey team.

      Considering that’s half of what constitutes smartphone usage, Flow is pretty big disappointment

    • everythingsablur

      Very much disagree. SwiftKey Flow only works in “some” text fields, not all fields. It’s a very jarring experience by comparison. I can flow through several lines of text, then go to another field and oops… can’t flow anymore! This is not a problem with Swype (can Swype/flow through anything, even password fields), and less of a problem with the new Jellybean keyboard (Nexus 4! Woohoo!!).

      Hopefully Nuance has resolved the bug of the self deleting custom words list…

  • John

    I like how even 4 years after release, its still in “Beta” haha.

    • Ken

      I wish people had the ability to do about 4 seconds of their own research. From the Swype website:
      “The Swype Beta program is designed to not end because it is a perpetual beta. While many beta programs are intended to end after a ‘final’ version of the software is released, perpetual beta programs are designed to supplement ongoing development efforts. In the case of Swype, this means that while we ship the Swype software to OEMs for pre-install, the Swype Beta program occurs in parallel and free of charge to end users. In short, the Swype Beta is here to stay!”

  • nuclearbroccoli

    Groan… I used to like Swype, but I can see the result of this now: My words will come out as lol, rotfl, and imho instead of real words….

  • skazzers

    Nice… Beta for 4 years… they have the world’s slowest dev team.

    • Ken

      Good grief. From the Swype website: “The Swype Beta program is designed to not end because it is a perpetual beta. While many beta programs are intended to end after a ‘final’ version of the software is released, perpetual beta programs are designed to supplement ongoing development efforts. In the case of Swype, this means that while we ship the Swype software to OEMs for pre-install, the Swype Beta program occurs in parallel and free of charge to end users. In short, the Swype Beta is here to stay!”

  • Gab

    wow… the contrast between the swiftkey flow commercial and this one is kinda funny.

  • Henaway

    Only problem I have with Swype is if I tap the S key. Just tapping the S will lock Swype completely. Then I have to switch keyboards when the phone unfreezes, and then switch back. Other than that, I love Swype. Can’t imagine using a phone without a swype-esque keyboard.

  • coop3422

    Glad this came out, 1.3 was having issues for me. I couldn’t add or edit my dictionary, so if a word wasn’t in swypes basic dictionary, I had to spell the words out, typically swears. Hopw 1.4 fixes the issue for me, I love swype!

  • MattyMattMatt

    Now if only it woudl stop deleting my swear words from the dictionary, that would be awesome. Grow up swype.

  • J-Ro

    i’m using it now on my S3 and so far its good. I have swiftkey flow as well and i think i will be using swype instead. Although swift is great, its very annoying that it only benefits me in select fields.

  • Jon

    I found that swiftkeys predicted things well at the start… then just got really annoying, constantly putting the wrong word in there. I just downloaded Swype on my S3… So far its working well. I dont know how different it is than the standard swype keyboard that comes on the S3….