Jun 20 AT 11:36 AM Anthony Domanico 49 Comments

Nuance announces next-generation Swype keyboard

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Swype has been relatively quiet since it was acquired by Nuance Communications, but have now come out of the woodwork to release the next-generation Swype Keyboard. The update promises to take the Swype keyboard to the next level, with better word prediction, the addition of a personal dictionary, support for 55 different languages, and four input modalities.

The biggest innovation with the current Swype keyboard comes via what Nuance is calling a “living keyboard,” a keyboard that learns your vocabulary and habits for insanely accurate word prediction. Like SwiftKey style word prediction, plus the benefits of a swipe keyboard. If it works as advertised, this could be the perfect mobile keyboard.

The updated Swype will be made available to OEMs soon, meaning the updated Swype should make its way to devices in the next few months. If you absolutely have to check out the updated Swype, you can head to Swype’s beta page to give it a test drive.

If you do check out the new Swype, let us know what you think in the comments.

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Burlington, Mass. — June 20, 2012 — Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced the next-generation Swype keyboard, a four-in-one keyboard that is a revolutionary step forward in the way people communicate and input text on their mobile devices.  Swype now combines touch and voice input with unique adaptive capabilities to understand users’ preferences over time — becoming smarter and more personalized every time they swype, speak, tap and write.

Staying connected has never been more exciting as Swype provides consumers with more choice in how they input text, and now interprets a user’s personal language style — ultimately providing an amazingly fast, flexible, and accurate experience.  New features include:

  • ·       Next Word Prediction:  Swype’s next word prediction is amazingly intelligent as Nuance has integrated capabilities from its renowned XT9 portfolio.  Swype gets smarter based on historical usage, so prediction becomes more accurate with each use.
  • ·       Voice-Text Dictionary Syncing: Swype now includes a personal dictionary.  Every new word a user enters on the keyboard gets added to their personal dictionary for speech and text, and you can even have Swype learn from emails, texts and posts. These updates are then mapped into Swype’s unified language model, so people can immediately speak or write that same word no matter how unique or specialized.
  • ·       Language Downloads: Swypers everywhere can communicate in any language they speak, as Swype now supports the download of over 55 languages right from the device.
  • ·       Four-in-One Keyboard: Swype now delivers a four input modalities in one keyboard.  People can swype from letter to letter; type rapidly with predictive text input powered by XT9; speak their text naturally through a fully integrated Dragon button; or, simply write letters, words and symbols using their fingertip.  Further, users can switch back and forth between modalities on the fly — providing the ultimate in keyboard personalization.

“People use their keyboards every day in every way — so input needs to be fast and simple,” said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “The new Swype living, learning keyboard ushers in a new era of input, where the keyboard adapts to the users’ unique way of communicating every time they swype, speak, tap or write.”

 

Availability

The next-generation of Swype is available for OEMs supporting the Android Platform as well as via an SDK for other operating systems.  Can’t wait for a device? Go to beta.swype.com to download the Swype Beta for Android today.

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  • Bpear96

    Why isn’t swype in the google play store?

    • http://www.mlswanson.com SparkyXI

      Swype continues to be a beta-only keyboard. Once they go full release, they’ll be in the store.

      • delinear

        I wish they’d hurry up and release it. Getting the bugs out and putting out a quality product is one thing, but having to update (and the way you have to go about doing the update) is just unwanted hassle. I would happily pay for the product right now.

  • R.S

    I am definitely looking forward to the update and any improvements that comes with it.

    Even though Swype isn’t perfect and has it’s little quirks (especially after updating my phone to ICS) it is still a great app and one I use regularly.

  • Greg

    I stopped using Swype a long time ago due to their shoddy practices of making their software hard to obtain.

  • amgala

    Time to give Swype another try! Although, I’ll probably end up going back to SwiftKey.

    • amgala

      I must say, this new Swype is greatly improved over the previous version! It’s choosing the correct words much more accurately! This is what Swype should have been from the beginning.

    • Chris Hordley

      Just done so I’m afraid. Ergonomically I think swiping is much better but Swift prediction is in another league. I still find voice detection struggles over the initial consonant which depends on just so many physical factors. The Swype predictions will need a lot of improvement to catch Swift.

  • spazby

    just updated my stock swype to the beta and i love it… seems much better after spending 5 mins with it

    • epps720

      I agree, this new version just seems to be much smoother and more responsive. Which is odd b/c I really didn’t think the prior version had any issues w/this.

  • alexanderharri3

    I wonder if they’ve resolved that pesky license issue for some phones when you use Swype first when a network connection isn’t present – disabling the swiping features until you switch back and forth to another keyboard…..was a dealbreaker to do several times per week on my Thunderbolt…

  • fletchtb

    Can’t wait to give this a spin on my Galaxy Nexus!

  • Tangent

    What I really want is the ability to delete words from the main dictionary. Because of the quirks of my swyping, some words are constantly being chosen that I don’t want and that I’ll likely never want. “Egbert” or “ecru” instead of “every” for example… If I could get rid of those my inaccurate swyping wouldn’t be an issue.

    • Jake

      @Tangent, they actually have given the option to easily delete those inaccurately swyped words. (it was available earlier too – but this release has made it easier)

    • jj14

      @Tangent, they actually have given the option to easily delete those inaccurately swyped words. (it was available earlier too — but this release has made it easier)

    • jj14

      eh? Why did the site post my post twice (once as Jake???)

  • Alan Reboli

    If anyone is having issues with getting the downloader for swype (they require sending you an email with the link) type in beta.swype.com/android/get and this will start the download process.

    It’s been about an hour and I still haven’t got the email yet. Figured I’d help just in case someone else is getting the same issues.

    • Zagrash

      I still haven’t gotten the e-mail (and it’s been about 5 hours =) but logging in on my phone worked without issue.

      I was a big fan of the ICS version of Swype that I had installed before the new beta, it worked quite a bit better than the OEM version on my old G2…so I’m hoping this version just keeps the improvements coming.

  • Jonathan

    I used to use Swype all the time, but the improvement in the default keyboard introduced in ICS made it a bit superfluous.

  • bhake

    I had an older version apk of Swype Installer on my sd card. Installed it but couldn’t connect with my login info “due to data error, likely due to a bad network connection. Please try again.” Tried on 3g and wifi, but still no go. I assume their servers are getting slammed today with all the press releases across the net!

    • Matt

      I had the same issue, but when I downloaded the latest (newer version) swype installer from the website it installed fine…

      • HenrikB

        Thanks. Had the same issue trying to use the ‘Swype Beta Installer’ that I had from Dec 2011. Getting the new one solved the problem.

  • Shay D. Life

    I’ve been using the new version since this morning and (it could be placebo) but it seems much better than past versions. I’m glad to see Swype took notes from Swiftkey and allows it to learn from sms, facebook, gmail, and twitter. Less teaching for me to do.

    • Chris Hordley

      I couldn’t get it to log in on Facebook. The Facebook option took me to Twitter.

  • taketheleap

    I’ve been using Swype for a few years now, following their betas as they updated.

    The addition of DragonSpeak/Dragon Dictation is awesome. The high intelligence and accuracy of voice recognition is what was missing from Swype.

    My only quam is that I have to re-save all my custom words – read: four-letter words – every time I upgrade the beta.

  • bigmase521

    Just grabbed the new version; seems MUCH better than the previous version on my rooted ICS Sensation. MUCH more responsive – it takes less time to open the actual keyboard and actual traces seem more responsive. The prediction is a lot better as well. I’ve found two issues so far:

    1) No more “Delete word back”, to delete entire words at a time. I LOVED this feature :-/ It looks like they just sped up the backspace key to delete faster, but it’s still not as fast as deleting entire words.

    2) Voice dictation doesn’t work for me at all. It says “recording”, but doesn’t detect anything, and if I click either cancel or the orange “Done” button, nothing happens. I have to press the back key. Not a huge deal I guess since I didn’t use it much, but was hoping to use it more if it was any good :-(

    • Alan Kramer

      Same here.. With ICS installed on my rezound, voice dictation doesn’t work at all !!! Too bad cause I use it a lot and it is a deal breaker with me using Swype

  • Starship

    Does this work for tablets? Would love to have swype for tablets. The last time I installed it and it was like womp, womp. no swype for you.

    • Zagrash

      Some friends installed Swype on their OG Transformer, and that’s worked without issue for them. I could have sworn a saw a picture of Swype running on a tablet on their site too. It’s certainly worth a shot!

      • Zagrash

        Just downloaded this to my transformer, and it works great, hopefully you’re having the same luck!

    • Taylor

      It’s been oficially available for tablets since February/March. Installed it on my TF Prime as soon as I could.

    • Trinhbo

      This now works for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. The prior version did not.

  • Brandon

    I really wish my phone didn’t come with swype stock, it’s hardly a feature, people who download swype manually get all the updates while I’m stuck waiting for sprint to update it for me. :/

    • Zagrash

      the beta download should work alongside your OEM version. I’m going to test it out on my wife’s phone later, but their site says it will work without any issue. I have a previous version of swype installed along with the new beta, and one shows up as “Swype” the other as “Swype Beta”. I say go sign up!

  • Taylor

    I’ve been a Swype user for 2 years now (since the release of the original Galaxy S) and I simply wont use anything else on my devices. The keyboard layout is the best I’ve found, and practically unrivaled. My lone gripe is that I have yet to find a way to remove some really uncommon words baked in the default dictionary. But other than that, I love it.

  • ronturon

    That is genius! The word association is outstanding.

    I have Swype on my Nokia 5800 and it still get raves on how it works when I show it to people. What more if they get to see what I just saw?

  • Jason Matsoukas

    New beta is crap.

    2 problems that are deal breakers.

    a) Switching languages takes almost 300% more time now. Instead of a single click, you have a long tap and then a click to change. Sucks.

    b) Can’t manually add words in dictionary through options.

    Before you could add the following word to dic : “myname3!_t”

    Now you can only add “myname3″ and that’s it.

  • pechano

    Will give this a spin once more. The worst thing about Swype in the past was the weird fragmentation between versions. Even though I was in the beta programme, I could not obtain a version with my language in it. I had to use some skethcy rapidshare zip to get it working. On the beta site it at least looks as if they just chose to support everything in every version. (except for japanense, wtf?)

    • pechano

      Voice dictation in Danish actually works. The only word it doesn’t know is, oddly enough, Swype. Seems to work great tho. With a bit of learning, it may even outdo Swiftkey.

  • Ron

    Voice dictation does not work HTC sensation

  • Leo Young

    I think that XT9 was an excellent piece of software and I enjoyed using Swype in its previous incarnations. I thought the google voice search was ‘handy’ the voice recognition software is not perfect yet. I am getting my SIII in a few days and I can hardly wait to use the combo software. If they can combine the best features of XT9, Swype and Dragon Dictate, then I will be one very happy person.

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  • Sommergal

    I am trying to install the beta swype and for the last 15 min. it’s just saying ‘checking installer version’ and the circles keeps going round and round. I think something is wrong. I don’t get the windows as described in the installation instructions. any suggestions??? I have a new galaxy S3.

    • mini

      Sam here. Stuck on that page. :(

  • Bcreative

    Me too. Installer screen just hangs with spinning circle. Did you figure it out? On forums, swype support guy always says just try later. I’ve tried lots of times and deleted all old versions of Swype.
    Nexus 7 Android 4.2.1

  • Alan Reboli

    Mine did this too, I tried maybe about 4 times? It finally let me get my download. This works amazing!