Swype, a keyboard application for Android touchscreen phones, is now available for download as a beta version. Swype enables you to drag your finger or stylus across the screen, selecting letters in the word you are trying to input. The software predicts what you are trying to type (similar to T9 input). Using this software, someone can theoretically type, consistently, over 50 words per minute…on a phone!
Though currently only found on six Android smartphones, Swype has been designed to work on tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, virtual screens, and more. With the rumors of more and more Android-based tablets coming out, this could be a really successful software application.
With the use of Swype, installed on a Samsung Omnia II, the Guinness World Record for fastest text message on a mobile phone was squashed by Swype employee, Franklin Page.
What seems to be an effort to get Swype’s name out in the market, a beta version of the app is being offered for free to anyone with an Android phone. The beta version is shy of a few key feature, due to the reliance on certain components that need to be installed by the manufacturer. It is currently only offered in English, Spanish, and Italian. To download you will need to create a free Swype account using a valid email address.
Having trouble installing the beta on your Android device? Follow this step-by-step guide.