07
Jan
2013-01-07_09h38_17

Who knew that keyboards could be so competitive? After SwiftKey released its new Flow feature, and even included the ability to fly through space, Swype had a pressing need to escalate. Well, how's this for handy: now you no longer need to register in order to download the new Swype beta! In times past, Swype's distribution model has been a little cumbersome. Of course, this will only help people who want in on the beta, but it's still a great thing. Speaking of great things, here's a video of anthropomorphized finger ninjas talking about crowd-sourced dictionaries.

Yeah, you read that right. One of the other new features in this beta is Living Language. Unfortunately, Oxford can be pretty slow to add new words to the dictionary. This new cloud-connected addition can help alleviate the trouble of having to add a ton of new words to your personalized keyboard by including commonly-added items in Swype's predictions. So, "instagram", "bahaha", and "xoxo" can now be predicted as easily as "anthropomorphic finger ninjas."

Grab the new beta below. No registration required! Yay.

Update: Here's the full changelog, found here.

Swype Beta v1.4.0.11523

  • We have thoroughly examined the log files from users who were unable to add or remove words from their Personal Dictionary (as well as the code for Swype Beta itself) and have made changes to ensure that users are always able to add or remove words. After extensive testing we have been unable to reproduce this issue in-house using the latest version of Swype Beta. Further, as a precaution, we have put measures into place that will allow you to continue to utilize your Personal Dictionary in the event that it is wiped or becomes corrupted.
    We recommend using our Backup & Sync feature as well. This feature will ensure that you can continue to use your customized dictionary. Backup & Sync will force a restore of your saved dictionary in the event that it becomes corrupted.
  • No more Swype Beta user accounts! New and existing Swype Beta users no longer need to register and log in at beta.swype.com nor in the Swype Beta Installer to download and install Swype Beta!
    -NOTE: This will not affect Personal Dictionary Backup & Sync functionality.
  • Smart Editor: Smart Editor examines words in sentences completed with punctuation (e.g. !/?/./,) and determines if another previously suggested word makes more sense using a visible underline. This is a beta only feature!
  • Living Language: Living Language has been updated to include relevant and trending words via crowd-sourcing among Swype Beta users. Crowd-sourced words are now available to Swype Beta users who opt-in to the service.
    - Note: Crowd-sourced languages include English, UK English French, French Canadian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Change Dictionary Behavior: Choose whether you want Swype to automatically add words to your Personal Dictionary, or if you’d prefer to have Swype ask you before adding words. Users can toggle this setting in Settings > Personalization.
  • Advanced Language Models added for Catalan, Croatian, Galician, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Serbian and Slovenian.
  • Dragon Dictation support added for Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Malay, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish, Thai, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian.
  • We’ve also implemented loads of bug fixes and general performance enhancements!
    Known Smart Editor Issues:
  • Text sometimes jerks/moves when hitting Space key, with Smart Editor enabled. (text messaging and email)
  • Highlighted words that have been corrected highlight again when other words are corrected.
  • Having ending punctuation at the bottom line of a message (ie: !?.) can cause cursor/text to 'jump.'
  • Word duplicates when pressing delete after choosing a predicted next word
  • With certain HTC devices, selecting a word highlighted by Smart Editor results in text being deleted (OkCupid App only).
  • With Android Spell Checking disabled, a misspelled word is not highlighted as an incorrect word.

Source: Swype

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • IncCo

    Definitely steps in the right direction

    • http://twitter.com/FaRTJeTpAcK STEVIE BABY

      Definitely swipes in the right direction

    • John

      Except the pointless video

      • Gramps50

        agree the finger video is pretty lame

  • http://twitter.com/RkNRollaAyatola Derek F

    1:32 I will NEVER get back. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1036552729 Matthew Fleisher

    I hope this means it works now. It kept freezing and I had to find a new keyboard.

  • woj_tek

    I gave up on sqype due to their stupid registration-based download... and went ahead with paying for SK... good preditions, no hassle with installation...

    • NexusKoolaid

      +1

      What I really hated about the registration how it used to expire when a version was published. I'd be away from home with no wifi, my phone would revert to stock Android keyboard, and I didn't have my registration PW handy to download the update. I'm sticking with Swift Key.

  • http://jesuiscontentducontent.tumblr.com/ Yod-b

    will this ever be on sale? i don't mean the beta, but a final version?

    • btod

      who cares if the beta is free and you don't have to register to get it?

  • phanmo

    Yay! They've finally fixed the no-spaces-between-words problem in the browser!

    Hopefully they've also fixed the slightly more annoying swyping-stops-working-randomly-for-no-apparent-reason problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Saurav-Ghosh/1522241590 Saurav Ghosh

    Auto capitalisation doesn't work in browser, email or in the sms application on my Note 2 :|

  • Jeffrey Matthews

    I would like to know when they are going to stop using the terrible swype beta theme. Every preinstalled build looks fine. Why make the normal one look like crap?

  • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

    stop it finger ninja...the video kinda looks bad on my opinion, and ya I'll stick with SwiftKey. lol

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

    A more serious video of Swype Beta v1.4:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H-Ci8jEYXc

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BNRNMXAZCYLPB4HSHU2KRZYX3Y jpham

    Any word if random dictionary wipe bug still exists? It's a pretty critical bug that's happened to be twice already.

  • TonyArcher

    They should really let us switch out their terrible voice recognition for google voice typing.

  • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

    So how can I delete "instagram" from the dictionary ASAP and make sure it never comes back?

  • GazaIan

    The crowd sourced living language dictionary has been there before this update.