TechCrunch is reporting that Swype will be coming to Android in 2010. Swype was created by the inventor of the T9 predictive typing system used on most feature phones today (but sorely missing from the default Android soft keyboard).
This is not the first time we have seen a company try to offer an alternative keyboard where you draw words. Shapewriter is another virtual keyboard that offers a similar input method and it was an epic failure based on my testing. The problem with drawing words on a small virtual keyboard is that your finger never leaves the screen till you finish a word. This makes it difficult to see where the letters are placed because your finger is always blocking the view.
Swype seems to think their input method is faster than traditional virtual keyboards. We will reserve final judgment till their app hits the market.
Some other keyboard replacements for Android (thanks Lemon for the list):
- EvenBetter Keyboard
- TapTap Keyboard
- Slide Keyboard
- Top Keyboard
- Paw Paw
- Better Keyboard
What is your favorite virtual keyboard for Android? I have tried most of them and I always come back to the stock Android one.