Swype beta for Android in the open! Best onscreen text input method hands down.

by Mike
Posted December 30th, 2009 at 10:06 am

Tapping out your text messages via physical buttons is old, old technology. Touchscreens are a new technology. Why hamper the new with the ‘ol ball and chain of old? Such is the problem Swype sets out to correct. Originally debuting on the Samsung Omnia II, Swype developers stated that other platforms would be supported in 2010. Looks as if they got the ball rolling a little early as anyone itching to try out this innovative new way to text on touchscreens can now give it a go on their Android devices.

Simply point your browser to Droidmuff and download the zipped file. Be sure you have “install from unknown sources” checked under Settings > Applications or else you won’t be able to install Swype. After you install Swype, head on over to Settings > Language & Keyboard and uncheck “Android Keyboard”, moving that green check mark of acceptance to “Swype” keyboard instead.

I’ve been playing with it for a good 30 minutes and have found that even in beta form, it’s pretty darn stable extremely stable (read: near flawless) and fast to use. By the time the finished product rolls around it’ll no doubt be faster than the old “tap-lift-tap-repeat” method we’re all so accustomed to. The only things I would like to see added are auto period inserts after a double space and auto caps.

  • (To capitalize a letter, simply start with the letter of the word as usual and then flick up above the keyboard window and back down onto the keyboard, continuing your slide and glide texting — brilliant!)

Anyone wondering how it stacks up in regards to functionality such as word correction/auto spelling etc. with the default Android keyboard can make note that it meets or exceeds the stock keyboard in every area — something I can’t say for Better Keyboard, a popular 3rd party keyboard.

Simply put: Swype is the way to text on touchscreens from here on out. Consider yoruself missing out on life if you can’t use Swype on your device.

What are you waiting for?

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