A new beta version of Swype for Android, version 3.26, has been released, with the chief improvements being automatic updates, 11 new languages, a refined key layout, and enhanced settings in help. Now that they've nearly doubled the number of supported languages, the Swype package has been broken into four: one each for the Americas, Western and Eastern Europe, South-East Asia, and one for all regions.

Undoubtedly the most substantial improvement to existing Swype users: automatic updates. Rather than having to manually uninstall and reinstall each update, users are automatically notified when an update is available, which can then be installed via the Swype settings menu. The biggest benefit of all of this is probably that you won't lose your dictionary and settings when updating anymore, since you no longer have to uninstall first.

Other minor improvements:

Refined Key Layout
We've changed the layout of the keyboard a tiny bit, so be prepared to unlearn what you have learned.

  • Numbers are now located along the top row of keys, similar to a traditional keyboard
  • The "Globe" key has been removed from all BETA builds (until we can make it an option in settings)
  • Added a second page to the symbols layer. Press the 1/2 key on the left to switch between them.

Enhanced Settings & Help
Confused by our old settings, tutorial, and help? Did you feel like you couldn't find info on how to use Swype effectively, and thought our settings were cluttered? Yeah, we did too. That's why we grabbed "Settings, Tutorial, & Help" by the collar, kicked it out of the house, cut off its trust fund access, and told it come back when it got its act together! Lo and behold, our newly reformed "Settings" is back and is now, well, actually helpful!

  • Long-press the SWYPE key to quickly access Swype Settings any time
  • Update Swype straight from the settings menu whenever a new version is available
  • Learn basic and advanced techniques to become an experienced Swyper. Do you know about "bouncing" and the auto-space suppress gesture? How about the editing layer? Check it out!
  • Set available languages and you'll never be offered a language you don't use when switching languages on-the-fly.

As usual, we also have a ton of bug fixes, so check the changelog in the second post to see if an issue that's been bothering you is resolved!

Perhaps most interesting is what's hinted to come in a future update, and it's found hidden among changes in the changelog: "Prepared resources for context engine alpha test." We checked with a few people familiar with the matter, and they confirmed that an intelligent text prediction engine is indeed in the cards. That's long been one of Swype's biggest weaknesses, and seeing it addressed could provide a big leg up.

[Source: Swype]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • DHo

    If only I could uninstall the version on my EVO 3D and upgrade to this one.. I'd be happy.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      You'll have to either root the EVO 3D or wait for Swype to be updated by Sprint to 3.26+, you can self-update from then on.

    • Joe

      Root...thats what I did

    • Gerg

      The newest versions are worth the root, tbh

    • http://denh.am DrMacinyasha

      If only people included their emails...

  • Amar

    So does that mean we can uninstall the Swype installer? Or do we need to keep it for licensing verification?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Once you update to 3.26+, you won't need the installer anymore. In fact, I don't think you ever need to keep the installer after you've installed Swype, even before today.

      • http://denh.am DrMacinyasha

        You previously needed it to download updates, but not anymore once 3.26 is installed.

        • Amar

          Thanks for the info, guys!

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    If you didn't read the last post's title in full, here's the highlight: Swype is working on context-aware predictions. Think Swype + SwiftKey-like prediction engine in one package.

  • ignitionnight

    Now if only they would modernize the look of the keyboard.

  • Horse

    I think I'll sit this update out. Nothing much new for having to go through that bitch of an install process and losing my dictionary. Definitely looking forward to context prediction, though. Even just a word frequency check would be awesome. Some of the words that comes up are just ridiculous when there's a common word right next door.

  • Duke of Earl

    When I try to update the installer I get the error "There was a problem parsing the package". I think I must uninstall the old installer package and go directly to the Swype website to update (running CM7, N1).

  • alexterra

    my god it's not usable at all in western\italian layout.
    they add è à ì. all the button like enter and backspace are shrinked.
    it's nonsense. I hope they'll get an option to avoid this layout

  • andrew

    it removes the smiley button for the stupid return key nooooooo

  • John H

    "Slide It" Rules

  • Kris Smith

    I've been using ShapeWriter since it came out on the Android market. Best keyboard by far. Check it out.

  • Kris Smith

    I've been using ShapeWriter since it came out on the Android market. Best keyboard by far. Check it out. Its no longer in the market.

    • Grey

      ShapeWriter is owned by Nuance, the same company that recently bought Swype.

  • BlackOmega

    Meh, I just hope they reduced the memory usage when they decided to split it in packages for each region. My milestone is suffering because my esssential apps are eating TOO MUCH RAM (that's for you whatsapp / swype).

  • http://denh.am DrMacinyasha

    PROTIP: When the next update comes out, and you don't get the update notification, reboot your phone.

  • cubalain

    Guys, i know this thread is kind of old, i just got the gingerbread on my Samung Galaxy S an this swype thing is killing me, i called sprint and thre's no way to ELIMINATE the freaking word predictions.. no even through Swype settings.. anyone found this thing annoyingand found a way around?

    • Keith Trnka

      If by word prediction you mean the stuff in the word choice window you get while tapping, then disabling "word suggestion" in the Swype settings should take care of that. Though it might be enough to disable autocorrect if that's what you want.

  • cubalain

    I tried all of that.. but the window between the text field and the virtual keyboard still pops up as soon as i swype anything.. it stoped autocorrecting wich is good, but there's still that window full of words... that's what i can't get rid of..
    Thanks anyways for your response..

  • Geoff

    I've been tweaking my swype settings for ages and finally have something I think strikes a good balance.