Jun 15 AT 9:57 PM Anthony Domanico 44 Comments

Swype beta now open for all Android users to register

Update: The new Swype beta is now open to anyone for the next couple of days. Sign up now if you want to try it out.

Last week, Swype updated their beta application with some pretty major bug fixes and database enhancements, leading us to believe that a final version of their application was imminent. Turns out this prediction was spot on, as the folks over at TechCrunch have learned that Swype will be releasing a final beta version of their slide-to-type application via their beta website tomorrow for any Android user who wants it.

Though this is not technically a final release, the fact that Swype is ready to release an open beta to all who want to try it out signifies that Swype is nearly ready for mass consumption on the Android market. A final release is certain to be right around the corner.

This is certainly good news for Android, as the Swype keyboard allows users to type faster than ever before, as proven by broken Guinness world records last year. As someone who has used Swype pretty religiously in the past, I have been impressed with how simple, quick, and accurate Swype is, and would not go back to using any other keyboard.

If you’ve never tried Swype before, I highly encourage you to head over to Swype’s beta website tomorrow and give this keyboard replacement a try. I’m confident that you won’t be disappointed.

Source: Tech Crunch

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  • http://Website James

    Using swype right now. Have been lucky to be using it since early beta. I typed this in 12 seconds :p. Get swype!


  • Dave K

    I wish Swype would have voice input as an option, like the default keyboard, so I wouldn’t have to choose between keyboards. For long texts or emails, nothing is faster than voice input. But for shorter texts/emails, Swype is certainly faster than the default typing method. Wish I could have the best of both worlds.

    • http://Website Canterrain

      Swype from the Swype key (the lower left corner S button) to the sym key (yes, the one right next to it), and you will get cursor arrows to move around with to use in place of the trackball.

      • http://Website Canterrain

        Gah, that was supposed to be in reply to John Giotta down that way V oi.

      • http://Website Howard

        Thanks for that lil secret helps a lot

  • http://Website John Giotta

    Loved Swype on my Hero, but on my Evo it is difficult to navigate the textfield without the track ball

  • http://Website James Lui

    I signed up for the beta a while ago, they let me into the beta late afternoon today. Seeing as they’re releasing the open beta tomorrow, makes sense haha.

  • http://Website LipGloss712

    ah i love swype. i just want a hot pink keyboard and i will be super happy!

  • http://Website juan

    Do I have to be rooted or jus download to my PC and click and drag to my droid folder??????????

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      You shouldn’t have to be rooted, and I assume Swype will provide instructions on how to download/install.

      I use Astro as a file/app manager, and once it’s on your SD card you should be able to install it.

    • http://Website Canterrain

      Root is not needed, nor is your SD card right now.

      You’ll receive an email stating your beta email has been activated (assuming they aren’t changing this part).

      At that point you will follow a link on your phone to swypes site where a download will begin.

      This will just be the installer. Once the installer is installed, it will ask for your beta username and password. When you put that in the actual program will be downloaded and installed. Then you remove the installer itself.

  • http://Website Canterrain

    Got my beta invite on the 15th, so that explains that!

    Also got a google voice invite shortly after… was thinking it was a beta sorta day…

  • http://Website rj

    using the swype keyboard before and hard to keep up with. I’ll join the beta tomorrow.

  • http://Website Kristoph

    So…what if you already HAVE Swype?
    I mean, I’m using it to text this…but…will anything ever change on it..? Slowly…its getting old with screw ups and…kinda boring, honestly. I mean..like the fact that for most, its virtually USELESS when horizontal..

    (38 seconds. :D)

  • http://Website Noriega713

    So…uhmm…I hope after this one comes out it doesn’t end like the other ones…

  • http://Website Michael

    I’m trying to figure out how it works with email/web addresses. I know that a lot of these things require the dictionary to work, so how does it work with something like:

  • thebearingedge

    AWESOME. My beta just ran out. In about 5 minutes, you’ll text faster and easier. The learn function is mind-blowing gush gush gush gush

  • http://Website Asterix

    I love Swype while my Beta was still working, since then I’ve been using Shapewriter but Swype is so much better.

    One tip – do the full tutorial, it has loads of hidden features that you don’t realise until you have done it all.

    I just wish Swype would have a shortcut feature (maybe the latest version does?) so that you could Swype and get your e-mail address, or even your full postal address just by running over certain keys, swyping a certain pattern or using the Symbol key and a letter.

    • Dharmabhum

      Agreed on looking through the resources for tips and tricks. There are short videos on the Swype website too that illustrate how to capitalize, input apostrophes, and all that. Worth checking out.

      Also, I loved it when I finally figured out how to add a word to the dictionary so I can finally curse (easily) in writing. Write whatever word you want to enter using individual letters and not Swyping, then make sure the cursor is located somewhere inside that word in the text field, and click the Swype button in the bottom left corner and you’ll get a tone that means it was added. That button also opens the options, but that button press will also add the word.

      • http://Website Canterrain

        You can add a word with an even easier method than this.

        Just tap out the word (instead of swyping) and when you are done hit space. It will automatically add the word to your dictionary.

        • Dharmabhum

          Learn something new every day! I went back to check out the Tips & Tricks page and saw this and some other things I never knew you could do! I’m going to love the whole QuestionMark-slide-to-space-bar thing for punctuation too, saving me a long key press :D

  • http://Website Asterix

    * Meant to say read the full Help for “hidden features” not just the tutorial.

  • http://Website s15274n

    The site is still showing the beta is closed.. I hope that this gets opened up today for real!

  • http://Website Linuxguru

    Love swype it’s for sure worth a try.

  • http://Website Jack

    Okay, the article states that Swype will be available today, but the link sends you to a page saying that the Beta is closed; the same thing it’s said for two months. Not sure what the purpose of this was…

    • Dharmabhum

      The title of the article is in the future tense, “will release”. Today isn’t over yet.

  • islander

    Who cares. You can use Shapewriter keyboard which is available NOW, and is better if not just as good. Swype missed the boat.

  • http://Website Jevon

    Try #1, so far, NOT on ERIS, so this is what happened, I emailed swype, just so happens yesterday, and they informed me that the new version is coming out today. Prolem: First be sure to uninstall any current swype you may have installed. Second: after downloading the swypeinstaller, (go to swype, register at the join at the myswype swype beta section of the site.) Then, it will prompt you to download, they said it will be the one that fits my phone and is configured for it, and it is not. In fact, when i go to use it, it says, not configured for your phone, may not work effectively, or something like that. And it doesn’t.

    Gonna try to uninstall the current version and go at it again.

    By the way, current version is:

  • http://conectedwell.com Robert Merrill

    I’ve been using Shapewriter for a while and love it. Checking out Swype today… I hope its worth all the hype. Already wondering how to add items to the custom dictionary.

  • http://shaffah.com shaff

    swype website is getting hammered. can’t register.

  • http://Website drock

    Website barely works.. takes 5 minutes to load home page.

  • http://www.nashvilletn-real-estate.com Dean Williams

    Finally got the Swype email and FINALLY got through the servers to download it. I’ve been using ShapeWriter and, without question, I’m going back to ShapeWriter. Kind of disappointed in Swype, to be honest. I guess to each their own.

    Would love to see other users experiences and, if you prefer Swype to SW, why?

    To me, SW is faster, better at guessing what I’m typing, and integrates capital letters and punctuation much better.

    • http://Website Zer0-9

      I just tried ShapeWritter again and have to respectfully disagree with your assessment.

      Swype is faster, and more accurate than SW. With SW I constantly have an issue with it breaking up a single “drawn” word into multiple words even though I never lifted my finger from the screen. It is far less forgiving of your drawings. Took me several tries to type “this” rather than “thud”. Attempting to type “This is a test of the keyboard” failed three times while Swype got it right away.

      Shape writters ability to cut/copy/paste is a bonus but not enough for me to continue to use it.

  • http://www.cypher-sec.org thecolor

    well, so far, I’m underwhelmed. :( I installed it as soon as I got my beta email, and while the application comes up, and the swype keyboard works like a normal keyboard (with swype lines)… the “swype” feature seems never to type by, “swyping”. :( And for some reason it will not register.


    • http://beta.swype.com Brian Resnik

      Hi! I’m the beta community relations rep for Swype, and I wanted to make sure you got everything working. Have you checked our FAQ under the section for “Swype is configured for another device”? The symptoms your reporting sound the same. Try the instructions at our FAQ (http://beta.swype.com/android/faq/) and send me an email at [email protected] if you still have issues!

    • http://Website Zer0-9

      Sounds like it failed registration. Means you will likely need to reinstall, their servers are just getting overwhelmed right now.

  • http://Website chad

    I have the cliq and I think swype sucks. I think the best keyboard is the better keyboard, not swype.

  • http://Website flatline5

    I have been trying to download actual app. since 10am. Just got it installed now. 3:32pm. Better be worth my time, effort, and battery life(just went from amber 2 red). INCREDIBLE

  • http://Website Jevon

    Try # 2
    1. 12:45 Finally got the new swypeinstaller downloaded
    2. Hit ok to replace current version
    3. hit install, installed & open
    4. Download of package failed. Swype is already installed and try again.

    So the version that is on there cannot be uninstalled unless i hack it. I could not find it in the manage applications settings. so deep digging with a file explorer will be needed.
    Now is 1250

  • http://Website ClosetNerd

    Using Swype on my EVO and it rocks!

  • http://Website Roso

    I have Swype pre-installed on the Nexus One – so I can do comparisons, and it’s not even close. SlideIT is quicker, cleaner, more accurate, handles other languages – and uses a much smaller memory footprint.

  • http://Website GS

    Sorry all but ShapeWriter Keybord does all of the same things as Swipe, and so much better. Its free, and not a beta. I’m using it on my N1 2.2 Froyo working perfect. No double looping letters, and many language packs you can add. I don’t work for them at all. This thing just works…

  • http://Website Lam tran

    Pleasw send me the app swype

  • http://Website prathyusha