I know I have written about the Swype Keyboard before on here, but seeing it coming pre-installed on every new Android Phone & Android Tablet make it worth another round. If you still have not started using your pre-installed Swype Keyboard yet or you don’t know what its then please keep reading this article & give it a try. You will never regret it & you will give your iPhone friends something to mug you for :).
If you have not heard of the Swype Keyboard, then its the best keyboard you can get for an Android phone. What amazing about it you have no longer to press every key on your keyboard to type the letters, but you can swype your hand across the letters and it will intelligently figure out what you are typing. I really can not imagine my Android phone with it. You might want to look at the following video to see how it work: http://www.swype.com/category/tips/tips-videos/
By the way if you have bought any new Android phone lately, your phone more than likely already have the Swype Keyboard included in it at no charge to you. All you have to do to enable your Swype keyboard is the follow:
Step 1: Long press within a text field area.
Step 2: Select “Input Method” at bottom of the list.
Step 3: Select “Swype.” You’re ready to go!
Ok, You if in step 2 you did not have Swype as an option then your phone might not have Swype pre-installed but you still can get the free Google Play.
I have attached the pictures for some of the greatest and latest Androids phones and tablets that come already pre-installed with Swype Keyboard although you still have to follow the 3 steps above to enable the Swype keyboard as its not the default on any of them.
It seems finally someone is trying to address the typing speed on touchscreen devices, where the on screen keyboard get to be your main method of typing. Most smart phone users know that they are normally slower in typing on the screen than when using a physical keyboard. Swype is now offering an on screen alternative to Android keyboard that will speed up the typing process.
Swype will increase your typing speed by not having you to tap letter-by-letter rather you will swipe your finger through the letters of the desired word. You don’t have to be too accurate as well, as Swype is smart enough to detect the word you meant, else it will give you alternatives to the words it doubt. After getting used to Swype, our testers were able to type at least twice as fast when compared to the normal android keyboard & that is with the unofficially released demo of Swype.
I believe Swype on Android can give iPhone another challenge against the great Android. The importance of faster typing is daily increasing specially with more applications imported to the smart phones that require more typing (Ex: e-mail, instant messaging, & social networking). I wonder how iPhone will respond to Swype on Android. Will iPhone fans accept being slower users than Android!!!
Its worth to mention that no official release of Swype on Android have been made yet, but the beta code has been leaked & can be found at (use at your own risk): Android Swype Beta Download Link Below as well the installation instructions of the Android Swype Beta.
E-mail the download link to your self http://droidmuff.in/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/SwypeReference-WVGA854-trial-release.0.35.3959.apk Or just type it in your android mobile browser & wait for the download to finish.
From the Download history screen, tap SwypeReference-WVGA854-trial-release.0.35.3959.apk, then tap install. Note: If you get an error, you need to go to Settings, then Applications and enable Unknown Sources.
After Swype has installed, Go to Settings, then Language & Keyboard. Uncheck Android keyboard and check Swype.
Happy faster typing & don’t forget to check out the below Swype video: