swype on atrix
Last Updated: March 14th, 2011

The Swype Beta for Android received an update (to version today and, in addition to tweaking some of the features that users found to be the most annoying, it brings support to some popular Android devices that previously had no official way of getting the popular trace keyboard.

Perhaps the biggest news from this new version is that the following display resolutions are now supported: QVGA, WQVGA, WSVGA, and qHD. Of course the Atrix has a qHD display so it should now be Swype-ready. The addition of WSVGA resolution is a little confusing, as the primary devices in this category are the Galaxy Tab and the Nook Color. The beta has licensing issues on the Nook and, while it works on the Galaxy Tab, it ships with an OEM version of Swype (Tab users need root access to fully delete the pre-installed Swype and replace it with the new beta).

One of the complaints we would hear the most about the trace keyboard was also addressed: the incessant "the following word was hidden..." window has been limited to one initial appearance. Previously the notification would pop up when a custom word that the user entered prevented a more common word from being the first suggestion. While this pop-up could potentially be handy to alert users of "garbage words" that had made their way into the dictionary, it more often seemed to annoy the bejeezus out of Swypers.

Other new features:

  • language support for Dutch, UK English, and Russian
  • contact names that had been deleted from Swype's dictionary will no longer worm their way back in after the fact
  • the prediction algorithm has been adjusted to maintain its accuracy over time

Those already in the beta can head over to the Swype Beta page to update. Registrations also appear to still be open for those who have yet to get in on the action.

Source: Swype Forum via Android Central

Will Shanklin
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  • Douche

    I used swype for a long time but it was still a lot of work to get it right on the screen. SwiftKey is so much less effort.

  • Berlin

    Deleting the swype that came with my phone isn't an option so how do i get rid of it to get this new update?

  • Adrian

    I swear it already has English English, it knows words like colour and connexion as well as aeroplane

  • johnny99

    How do you install this on the Nook Color? I keep getting data errors when I try.

  • brian k

    I was banging my head against the wall trying to figure out how to uninstall sprint's swype. It's doable though through uninstallation via Titanium backup (best app ever). just be careful that you don't mess up your phone since it is a pre-installed system app. I'm not responsible for any damage/bricking! I've installed it without issue though.

  • oNoz!

    And to think they would even consider changing the skin after so many updates...

  • Sliceburgslim

    This does *NOT* work on the Nook Color due to the Simple Fact that the NC is lacking an IMEI number. Did anyone bother to check this out before claiming it works?

  • bwx

    The biggest omission from Swype for me now is cursor keys. The hotspot thing is all well and good, but the simple ability to go up/down/left/right in a long text entry would be invaluable.

    Glad to hear the annoying "the following word was hidden" alert has been dealt with though. What a PITA that is!