Swype

Swype

Posted On: November 14, 2010
Posted In: Productivity, Tools, Top 50


Swype is likely the most loved, innovative, fun and revered input method for mobile devices since T9 dropped its magic on us in the 90s. The on-screen keyboard allows you to enter words by sliding your finger from letter to letter in a drawing motion, and you only lift your finger between words. Spaces are automatically inserted, and Swype uses error-correcting algorithms and a language model to predict words, so you can be pretty sloppy and still get the words you want. Not having to lift your finger supposedly makes Swype faster than other touchscreen input methods, but I mainly use it because Swype’s much more fun than a traditional QWERTY. There are some annoying quirks present, but I’m on version 1.6 and those may have been addressed in more recent releases.

Annoyingly and regrettably, Swype is still in closed beta on Android – even though it comes preloaded on several Android devices. I’d say being the main keyboard on very successful high-end Android phones by Samsung, and now also on the Galaxy Tab, indicate that your keyboard is out of beta and ready for prime-time, right, Swype? Release it in the Market, already, or announce that you’ll never going to do it if that’s the case. Luckily, you can still do a manual installation of Swype by following these instructions.