Swype's beta client received a major update this morning, and the popular 3rd party keyboard is now at version 1.3, and this major release brings a host of new features like dictionary sync and backup, themes, "hotwords," even more languages, and a new version of the tablet layout.


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Here's the list of all the new features, in detail:

Dictionary Backup & Sync: Swype now backs up and syncs a user’s personal dictionary across any of their mobile devices. So now when nicknames like “Ollie” are added to a mobile phone, that word will be automatically added to the personal dictionary on a tablet as well as all other registered devices.

Swype for Tablets: Swype has taken tablet innovation to the next level by offering a choice of three different keyboard layouts for tablets: the original keyboard, a small and moveable keyboard, and a split keyboard.  So no matter what style keyboard, people can stay connected and productive from anywhere.

Hotwords: Language is evolving faster than ever and Swype now updates dictionaries with the latest global trending words.  Swype users can opt-in to receive updates to their dictionaries and stay up to date with the newest ‘hotwords’, like “Gangnam Style.”

Themes: Swype allows users to further personalize their devices with the new keyboard theme options. Users can access up to 10 different themes in Swype’s settings menu for quick and cool keyboard customizations.

More Language Support: The latest update to Swype also features enhancements to the Chinese keyboard with an additional tool bar and has added a Flick keyboard to Japanese. Users can also expect many more languages with Advanced Language Models that predict the words and phrases users Swype the most.

Now, if you recall, the tablet edition of Swype has been available as a beta for quite some time. It appears that it's almost ready to come out officially, though, given its inclusion in this newest release. So, it's a beta of the release version of the tablet keyboard, as opposed to an actual beta - if that makes sense. That presumably means we'll see the tablet keyboard officially added to Swype at some point in the near future.


While I've never been a fan of the finger-dragging Swype users love so, a lot of people do seem to enjoy it, and these beta releases make it that much easier to stay on the cutting edge. Head over to Swype's website and log in to grab the newest beta, and if you're curious about Swype, you can always sign up to participate in the beta program, too.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • akellar

    Good update but most of the themes are almost identical

  • Jay W.

    What's the trick to enable the different keyboard layouts?

    • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

      I would like to know that, too. I can't find any settings to enable a split keyboard on the Nexus 7.

      • http://www.buttie.pl/ buttie

        Yeah, there's a thing... Swype does not take Nexus 7 as a tablet... ;)

      • Stephen Homenuk

        Nexus 7 isn't listed as a "tablet" due to the LCD density being 213. It needs to be in the 160-170 range *have mine on 160* Need to be rooted to change this number as well. I have the Tablet UI instead of the phone like default one, AND I have all the new Swype Keyboards, the small one, and the split one.


        Instead of 170, choose 160 for this to work. No bugs or anything =)

      • Stephen Homenuk

        Gives you the tablet UI instead of the phone default, and the other Swype keyboards. Just know in advanced, any icons you have in your dock, put them on the actual screen because tablet UI gets rid of the dock.

    • Stephen Homenuk

      The Nexus 7 isn't listed as a "tablet" due to the LCD density being 213. It needs to be in the 160-170 range *have mine on 160* Need to be rooted to change this number as well. I have the Tablet UI instead of the phone like default one, AND I have all the new Swype Keyboards, the small one, and the split one.


      Instead of 170, choose 160 for this to work. No bugs or anything =)

    • Stephen Homenuk

      Just know in advanced, any icons you have in your dock, put them on the actual screen because tablet UI gets rid of the dock.

  • Ler

    New version is great. Now we have easier war to change typing language.

    • Дмитрий Бобровский

      Can you please share this easy method to switch between languages?

      • Ler

        Свайп от значка свайпа к пробелу. Сразу иногда не работает, тогда надо сначала сменить язык длинным тапом по пробелу, затем будет все хорошо работать

      • Alan

        Press and hold the Space key and it gives you the language picker with the option to download more languages.

      • Samvith V Rao

        Long press on the space bar key.

  • McLean Riley

    That is a big update! Love that. Really wish they wouldn't have changed the font though.

    Settings - Language and input - Swype Beta - Personalization

  • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

    Why can't I access the latest update? I'm still on 1.1.... And not able to download any other verison... :(

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      I'm afraid you are going to have to uninstall the current version of Swype and then try again. Oh, and you also lose your current dictionary (even if you update without uninstalling), which is the only thing I hate about this update. Tried restoring backup of Swype 1.1 from Titanium, tried updating without uninstalling, nada. Removes old dictionary.
      But a great update overall, many SwiftKey features added, hehe.

    • http://richworks.in Richie

      go to settings > language and input > swype settings icon... and then updates. You need to wait for while and then you'll see a notification on the update settings tab. Then you can click on it and update to the latest version

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        Ah, I didn't do it this way, so I'm guessing that is why I wasn't able to save my current dictionary. Might have to restore older version and try this.

  • Michael Ericson

    Mine wont download for some reason.

  • http://www.beling.de/ Thomas Beling

    Thanks for the reminder. As I use the hacker's keyboard too, I had to switch back to Swype to get the update.

  • Gomez

    Thanks this is what i just needed. I love Swype!

  • Samvith V Rao

    Lovely! I can never understand how people tap away at their keyboards when there's Swype! I've got quite a few people hooked onto Swype ditching their old keypads :)

    • bluevoodo

      not cool when youre bilingual :(

      • No

        I am and it works great. You can switch languages by holding the space bar.

        • http://www.facebook.com/changa.sjudi Changa Sjudi

          not if your language is not supported

          • PhilNelwyn

            It supports 55 languages.
            What's yours?

      • Samvith V Rao

        Buddy, I know 4 languages. I only use it for English. The other languages I know are Hindi (Devanagiri script), Telugu and Kannada (Brahmi Script). Swype obviously doesnt support all of these. Hindi language's sounds are implemented via their 'Hinglish' dictionary which is good enough for most people.

    • AlexCubed

      Typing is just all around faster for me. I don't like to rely on predictions and double check what it puts up there. Plus typing while not looking at the phone is near impossible while "Swyping".

      • setspeed

        How is typing on a touchscreen phone while not looking at the screen ANY different than Swyping while not looking? Both methods rely on your intimate knowledge of the size of the keyboard.

        • bill

          swyping doesn't require lifting your thumb for each letter dumb dumb

  • Simon Hayden

    These new features are nice and all but they still fail to address swypes biggest problems. It's INSANE memory usage!

    A keyboard that uses between 30-40Mb of ram during normal usage is quite simply broken. The ability to type words by sliding my finger across a screen really shouldn't come at the price of browser fc's on low memory devices.

    • fixxmyhead

      still stuck in 2009?

    • No

      You sound like you know how to implement "sliding my finger across a screen" keyboards so you should just implement your very own.

    • setspeed

      Holy mother of god, my Swype is running at 54MB! Sorry, but Simon Hayden is right - that's gratuitous.

  • adavisme

    The update broke Swype on my Sprint GNex! Anyone else have this problem?

    • Sef

      Broken on my Play Store GNex as well. It shows up, then disappears and changes back to default Android Keyboard.

      • adavisme
        • aruna sena

          Yup it broke badly on jellybean 4.1.2

          • snaphappy

            Same here. Rooted Verizon GNex running Vicious JB v3.

      • Rand Phillips

        Same on my stock Yakju GNex. Even uninstalled and did clean install of the Swype beta but it's still borked. :P

        • PhilNelwyn

          It works like a charm on my unlocked yakju running stock 4.1.2...

        • dobbsy

          Borked on mine as well. And I don't have Light Flow installed.

    • GBuffs

      Broke my Sprint GNex running stock 4.1.1
      It shows up, then disappears and changes back to default Android Keyboard.

    • Doh

      It's something to do with Accessibility settings. When I disable Light Flow the keyboard appears and functions as normal. Enabling Light Flow causes keyboard to disappear when it loads.

      • izzy

        i have a play store nexus on 4.1.2 and it works fine. i don't use light flow and don't understand why anyone would

        • setspeed

          You don't understand why anyone would use an app to control custom colours/blink pattern & speed of their LED notification light? Is that a serious statement?

    • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

      Experienced the same issue, the new version conflicts with Light Flow somehow. They say they know what is causing this so I hope they'll fix it quickly.
      After all, I need Light Flow more than I do Swype.

    • jj14x

      I disabled the stock android keyboard (under settings/apps/all), and rebooted. Now, swype works (along with light flow and tasker)

  • squiddy20

    Loving how, after 3 or so years and probably millions of users, the "beta" tag is still on there. -_-

    • QwietStorm

      The beta tag isn't leaving. This has been known for some time, and they even say why on their site.

      • squiddy20

        Did not know that...

    • Abe Lincoln

      Gmail was in "beta" for 5.5 years...

  • Peter Llewelyn

    I've tried other keyboards like swiftkey and I've always gone back to Swype. I'll be gutted if/when it leaves beta and I've got to pay for it!

    • Samvith V Rao

      It's never going to leave beta! Check their website for the reason :)

  • Disqus Sucks

    Did they remove the auto-adding of unknown words "feature"?

  • QwietStorm

    Vibrate on keypress doesn't work for me anymore, even when selected. Anyone else?

  • Massi

    Google nexus 4.1.2 swype 1.3 broken..

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    Totally love Swype.
    The shortcuts work great, you don't need to be too precise and the dictionaries, even the German words, are good as they are.

  • garychencool

    So how does it compared with my SwiftKey?

  • xnifex

    I just wish I could get rid of their dragon diction & use google's again.

  • mikeym0p

    Works great, CM10 on a Toro. I love the night theme! I hope they make one that closesly resembles the stock keyboard.

  • TheRealBeesley

    Does anyone know how to add words to the dictionary? That appears to be broken...

  • JG

    This might work better on the Swype board, but I'll ask here to. My phone (Droid X) came with Swype pre-installed & I'd love to upgrade. I'm curious if I can.... Last time I saw a report they upgraded, it said if the phone had it pre-installed you had to manually remove the preinstalled version before installing the new apk.... But I don't have root access (thank you very much Moto). So is there any work arounds?

    • Flint_PS

      Since the new Beta (v1.x and onwards), the application is no longer named the same as the preinstalled version, it's now "Swype Beta". As such, you can have both the preinstalled one and the beta installed at the same time - without root. Go grab an installer from Swype website and download the latest version of the keyboard.

      • JG

        Cheers! Love the fact I get to keep the preinstalled unmodified & still useable. I was kind of iffy about installing the update after reading their forum. There was a post that the new update was buggier than the previous - longer to load/close, adding double words, etc.... They were asking for some way to downgrade till the bugs could be worked out. Didn't really want to lose my (to me anyway) bug free preinstall....

        I created an account & got the invite email. I'll install Swype Beta after I get up - should have been in bed hours ago (always hate the temporal distortions caused when I get online)

        • Flint_PS

          Personally, I'm not using the new beta, because I hate it. I managed to "port" the Swype I had preinstalled on my Note to CyanogenMod 10 I am currently running, and am very happy about this, because the 1.x betas are all really terribad. There's a lot of reasons for this QQ - no adding contacts into the dictionary, facebook and gmail sync doing nothing, autoadding of words, and so on... With every upgrade I'm trying to like it, and every time I fail. I dread the moment I'll have to switch phones.

  • Diem

    Nice update, I dig the themes. Just in case anyone knows, any ideas on how to make the keyboard bigger on a 182dpi Nexus S?