In the world of software keyboards, Swype has always been the odd man out. In this case, however, that's not necessarily a bad thing, because people who love Swype are emphatic about it. With the latest beta, Swype is now set to take on the entire world of software keyboards, as it has transformed into "four kinds of keyboard," thanks to Nuance.


How is this a four-in-one option? Firstly, you have the traditional Swype method of, well... swyping. Past that is where you'll start to see Nuance's hand on the keyboard, with XT9 input and the Dragon button for vocal dictation. Finally, manual entry (single-letter tapping) is also an option. Like competitor SwiftKey, Swype can now also crawl your email, social networks, and text messages in order to better learn your typing style and improve word prediction.

The beta is now available in both English and Spanish; hit the link below to give it a shot.

[Swype Beta]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

    Is there a way to just update my existing install?

    • SebaKL

      When you install the BETA, you will have both versions listed under the keyboard input choice. You can toggle between SWYPE or SWYPE BETA any time you like. 

      • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

        I have the beta now. But can I update my Swype beta without going through that whole - send me an email, download the installer, let the installer do its thing - routine?

        • RedPandaAlex

          Same issue. If you dig into the settings, it says Swype Connect is supposed to update the Swype app automatically, but I never see any indication that it's actually doing that.

          • SebaKL

            I did ask SWYPE the same question while ago. I was told that Swype Preloaded is integrated with the OS and the updates come via KIES together with the OS updates, which of course are determine by the carriers. I tried to find the post to double check, but the news about SWYPE BETA appeared across all Android sites in a matter of hour, now their forum is crashed fron traffic overload :) I will try to find it for you later on. 

        • SebaKL

          As far as I know you can't avoid the process and steps. The registration and account set up is not just for the user data collection. Your custom words will be added to online back up and it will sync them if you use multiple devices. This is a big plus for me in particular. In here (Malaysia) we have 3 main languages, and people communicate using total mix of all 3, more often, they make Malay or Chinese words sound like English. Takes quite a while to input all the custom words which never comes with the dictionary. 
          Then I have to go through that again when I get Tablet or another phone. There is also the patter learning which will study your language style and produce predictions based on your habits. 

        • myqalan

          My phone has Swype pre-installed, so being able to try out the new beta is great.  I went online and logged in to the swype site and clicked the link to have them send me an email to the swype installer, but after two hours I had still not received it.  So I went to beta.swype.com/android/get and was able to download the installer right away.  Installing it was a breeze, and the beta works great so far.

    • http://profiles.google.com/scottoldfield Scott Oldfield

      I was wondering the exact same thing. Will I get an update notification as usual?

      • Nate

        The forum post says it may take up to 72 hours for you to receive the update.

        • http://profiles.google.com/scottoldfield Scott Oldfield

          Oh thanks! I guess I'll try to be patient. (grumble, grumble)

  • John

    Right on cue, beta.swype.cmo is down. Never fails to get annihilated after every announcement of a new beta version.

  • Tony

    Actually anyone who likes Swype should try the similar Touchpal Keyboard in the market, for me works great! Maybe if we all download that and uninstall our Swype betas they'll get the message to release their app on the market instead of pre-installing on only certain phones!

    • RedPandaAlex

      Swype is the only keyboard of it's kind that gives you a smaller version on tablets. It's the only thing that lets me type with one thumb on a tablet and still show me most of the screen at the same time. I actually didn't buy a tablet until swype was available for it.

    • Guest

       I've tried Touchpal, doesn't come close to Swype.  Also the annoying sparkling trace effect in it is ridiculous looking.

  • http://twitter.com/_thebackground thebackground.org

    Sounds a lot like FlexT9, my preferred keyboard although it leaves some room for improvement. How does it compare?

    • http://twitter.com/Monlezup Monlezup

      I just bought FlexT9 last week and agree that it's great. I kind of wished I'd waited before paying the $5 now though, this sounds almost the same.

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    You killed beta.swype.com!

  • UmangKedia

    Working along with pre installed swype is one of the best new feature :)

    • UmangKedia

      Sad that it does not have option to import the personal dictionary from pre installed Swype.

  • Ghanekar Kaustubh

    Error 324 (net::ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE): The server closed the connection without sending any data.

  • Himmat Singh

    Not impressed, at all. I see it has a little more features than the Swype I had on my tab 10.1, but they say once you go the Swiftkey way, there's no turning back. And I believe that argument holds here.

    • fixxmyhead

      nah i hate typing with 2 fingers

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527308597 Andrew Smith

      Honestly, after using swype for about a year, I bought swiftkey when it was on sale for a quarter, gave it about a month to learn a good bit of my typing style, and then used it for a while after that. In the end, I personally still had a more fluid experience using swype. Swiftkey had me down pat to the point where I could type some sentences just by starting them, but other times I found myself typing out way more than I should have to. Plus as said by Fixxmyhead, swype is much more ergonomic than swiftkey for one handed use. Either way, it's a personal preference, but a few of my fellow android freaks went to swiftkey and did come back... :D

  • Hoffmandustins

    Have you guys ever tried slide-it? Just curious. For me it seems to have better prediction and comes off easier to use.

  • Livingluck

    Well Swype just became as annoying to me as FlexT9 was.  They apparently merged code from FlexT9 into Swype or this new Swype is really just a skinned version of FlexT9.  Either way there is now a length limit to the swipe like there has always been in FlexT9.  I can't swipe my email address anymore which makes logging into things that require emails much more annoying.  I have to type it out.  This lack of a swipe length is what kept me as a faithful Swype user all this time.  Hearing that beep when you've reached the length limit is exceedingly annoying.

  • xnifex

    I've been avoiding updating swype since they changed the trace color to orange & added their own voice detection instead of google's. I think I'll pass on this if  Livingluck is correct that there is a length limit.

  • Troy Leonard

    but does it have a splitkeyboard mode for use on my tablet like swiftkey? for me that is where swiftkey really shines

  • Cameron Charles

    Awesome I just reset my phone (for totally non warranty voiding reasons) last night and I was going to have to redownload good old swype again

    My only let down with swype has been no prediction too so I'm pumped to give it a go

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    I assume you uninstall the Beta Installer app once Swype has been installed?

  • moshe avi

    looks good product, but i can't replace my slideit keyboard, much better..

  • Mark

    Guh. I used the new beta for two days and almost tore my hair out. I find it buggy. For one thing, the keyboard hangs on the screen for several seconds after your done with it. Backing out doesn't work, nor does returning to the home screen. Real frustrating. Of course, it could be an isolated problem, but it was so consistent, that I eventually just uninstalled and returned to my existing swype keyboard, which I love. I'll wait until they have some of the bugs ironed out before giving it another go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BanKKiller1 Ban KKiller

    LOVE IT...installed on Nexus 7. On my HTC EVO 4G already. Spoiled me...