Swype is a fairly popular keyboard input application that is changing the way we type on our touchscreen devices. Instead of tapping keys similar to a QWERTY keyboard, users can swipe their fingers over the keys and the application will predict which word you were trying to type. In my initial tests of this application, I found it to be fairly accurate, though it was missing some words that made me scratch my head.
We have just received word that Swype is one step closer to being officially released onto the Android platform. In an official email to all beta testers, Swype has announced an update to both their Swype installer program, as well as an update to the application itself.
After just a few minutes of use I don’t notice many differences in the new version vs. the old version. Though glancing at the changelog indicates that this is a major update bringing some strong additional functionality and enhancements to the user dictionary.
Hopefully this major update is indicative of a June release of the final version of Swype. For those looking to try out Swype, they are unfortunately not accepting new beta testers, though you are encouraged to sign up at the Swype website and you may be accepted soon as they expand beta tests.
This update brings several updates and bugfixes:
- Added better context sensitivity for the “magic button” (go/search/enter/smiley)
- Added automatic apostrophe insertion for contractions (e.g. won’t, don’t, wasn’t, etc)
- Added the Italian language dictionary
- Improved sensing of field type to prevent the display and addition of passwords to the UDB (user dictionary)
- Improved suppression of auto-spacing in fields such as URLs and email addresses
- Updated the built-in dictionary to include several common words that were previously missing
- Rewrote some settings descriptions to be more clear on their functionality
- Fixed licensing issue causing “Limited Functionality” errors when rebooting devices running Android 2.0 and later
- Fixed licensing issue causing some users to receive an “Incorrect ID” error when installing Swype
- Fixed a bug where manually typing some words with word-prediction enabled would cause Swype to crash
- Fixed a bug which caused some words added to the UDB to erroneously override other words when word-prediction is enabled
- Many other minor bug fixes!