Dec 21 AT 12:09 PM Taylor Wimberly 14 Comments

Updated Swype beta now open for a limited time to all Android users

Most new Android phones now come pre-installed with the alternative keyboard Swype, but there is a large portion of users that have never tried it. Swype is not available for sale in the Android Market, so the only way to get it is through their beta program that is offered every couple of months.

Swype just sent us an email to inform us that they have opened registrations for their latest version that they need help beta testing. These open registrations are normally offered for a limited time, so head over to and sign up before it’s too late. All you need to do is provide your email and then Swype will send you a link to download their installer.

If this is your first time to try Swype, check out the detailed installation instructions and FAQ if you need any help. If you are upgrading from a previous version of Swype, please make sure uninstall both Swype and Swypeinstaller.

It appears that Swype’s servers are still getting hammered from all the new users, so if you experience any problems please wait and try again. The important thing is to make sure you register so you can gain access to the Swypeinstaller file.

Check out the new version and let us know what you think. Is Swype your favorite alternative keyboard or do you rock the stock layout still?

Swype is pleased to offer an (updated) Android Beta! Here are the details:

  • In English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, and introducing French and an early, *UNSTABLE* preview release of Chinese Pinyin
  • Now includes support for Double-Tap-to-Edit, Cursor Restore, and Voice-to-Text (requires Google Voice Search be included in your system firmware)
  • HVGA, WVGA, and WVGA854 Resolutions – don’t worry we’ll detect this automatically. Sorry, no QVGA
  • Limited End User Support – mostly via our forum
  • If your phone came pre-installed with Swype¬†DO NOT download this beta (it won’t work)

Source: Swype

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  • http://Website UniqueNate

    I love swype when it’s working for me. Lately the little scribble gesture for a double letter no longer works on my phone. It’s like it’s deadzones in some areas

  • http://Website Ben 1.0

    Thanks for this, I’ve been wanting to try out Swype for a while now but could have never get access to it. Have registered and will report back once I’ve got it. Nexus One.

  • http://Website Amit

    Swype rocks!!…infact I’m typing with it now.. wish that it comes out of beta soon…and makes itself available on the market

    • http://Website RockinEvo

      Swype is better cool, Ultra Keyboard is also a nice alternative to the native keyboard. Similar to Swype but they call tracing (for obvious reasons) and it is customizable in fact you can use different skins that you can download from Android Marketplace or create your own. So if your not able to try out Swype check it out

  • http://Website bpear96

    will this work on my phone with a 240×400 resolution

    • Taylor Wimberly

      No, it only works on HVGA resolution and above. QVGA is not supported yet.

  • http://Website Jonathan Harford

    My phone came with Swype pre-installed, which (as far as I know) means I can’t install the beta without rooting.

  • Sharron Clemons

    Swype rocks!!…infact I’m typing with it now.. wish that it comes out of beta soon…and makes itself available on the market

  • http://Website firewolf

    Swype sucks! I preffer to use SlideIT. There are more languages than Swype and recognizes my gestures better!

  • http://Website Magnus

    I’m disappointed they didn’t include more languages, which I know they have. I’ve been using an old build of Swype for a long time because it’s the only one with a Swedish dictionary.

  • jivemaster

    Swype is awesome but bloody hell, release it on the market already!

    It’s clearly not beta anymore, it’s pre installed on many phones, just cut the crap and put it on the market.

    The amount of hoops you have to jump through to get it reassigned to another device is ludacris. I’d be happy to pay $10 for this to avoid all the crap.

  • http://Website faiz

    The system prompts out that this software can collect data such as password & the the nethin the users need to be aware of ?

  • http://Website Ben 1.0

    Took a while for the e-mail to come through but have now got it installed on my Nexus One. Still getting the hang of it but very impressed so far, has really cut down on the amount of mistakes I make while typing. Not sure if I’ll use it permanently but great to have access to it finally – thanks for the tip-off guys!

  • LukeT32

    I used to use it all the time on my Droid, but Swype never worked properly in landscape mode…. I dock my phone daily and use it with pandora. It is impossible to answer a quick text with it on landscape.