Swipe for Android demoed on screen

by Mike
Posted December 15th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

swipeIf you haven’t heard, the next up and coming touchscreen tech is Swipe. It is an alternative method to inputing — in this case sliding — text onto a touchscreen device. Instead of tap tap tappin’ away, Swipe users can simply slide their finger from one letter to the next providing quick and fluid firing of words and thoughts.

This innovative new mobile app was first seen and launched exclusively on the Samsung Omnia II. That phone in particular is nothing special — at least to more hardcore, powerusing geeks such as us. The iPhone would seem like a great candidate for such a feature, however, any legitimate Swipe app submitted to Apple would certainly get the ban hammer for it meddles with core elements of the UI. That leaves us with Android. Some may be saying “hold on a sec, what about BlackBerry?”. Well, the Storm and Storm 2 are the only touchscreen Berries around and frankly, even the new touchscreen Storm isn’t that great. Not to mention, the whole clicky nature of the screen registering input sort of throws a monkey wrench in the slide-to-spell functionality of Swipe. Moving on…

Mobile Crunch’s Greg Kumparak has been enjoying some hands on time today with the upcoming Android version of swipe. Overall, Greg thinks it’s “great”. Honorable mentions include easy and quick learning curve (or lack thereof), robust word complete and guessing, and fast operation that doesn’t hamper host device, among others. Sounds awesome! A picture is worth a thousand words. A video…? A lifetime story. Go ahead, give it a look…



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