If you're a Swype Beta user, the popular finger-dragging keyboard has received a significant update, to version 1.4.5 today. This new release basically just makes things better: smart editor has been improved, the keyboard launches more quickly in web browsers, advanced language models have been been enhanced, and a handful of smaller fixes and tweaks are in tow.

Swype Beta v1.4.5.12537

  • Implemented a number of Smart Editor improvements and resolved some compatibility issues
  • Improved keyboard launch responsiveness in web browsers
  • Advanced Language Models improved for English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Korean
  • Improved logic surrounding Language Downloads
  • S-Note: Resolved some instances where text would be duplicated
  • Plus many more bug fixes and overall enhancements!

Known issues:

  • S-Note: Edit gestures and edit buttons may not work correctly in this app with certain tablets
  • French: Delete key is inconsistent for words that begin with contractions
  • Polaris Office: Sometimes after swyping, the word choice list displays incorrectly.

The OTA update should be heading out to beta users in the next 72 hours.

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  • http://twitter.com/RageFury100 James Barr

    I had to reboot both my Nexus 7 and my Galaxy Note II for it to recognize that there was an update available in the Swype Settings > Update section.

    Long live Swype!

  • Simon Cowell

    SwiftKey Flow wins!

    Swype Beta, you have lost this battle...

    • NexusKoolaid

      True that. The headaches from Swype's goofy old distribution model drove me away. That's all fixed now from what I hear, but after SwiftKey Flow there's no reason to look back.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      No, not at all.

      I use German, English and French for writing text.
      In Swype, the language I actively choose is the language words are chosen from.
      In Swiftkey, when I write in English, I also have German words offered to me which is totally useless.

      Plus Swype's shortcuts are way better than anything Swiftkey offers.

      I'm not saying that Swiftkey was bad. Your estimation is wrong though.

    • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

      -1 to Swype for not being present in play store.

      But +10 for functionality. I have tried to love SwiftKey from time to time. But never liked it. Always came back to Swype.

      +100 'coz it offers Hinglish language option - which is hindi words in English transcription; which is like best thing in keyboards for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/guilhermeds3 Guilherme Santos

    I'm not sure if this is just me... but I type WAY FASTER than I swype

    • http://twitter.com/dems86 D. Sharer

      You must swiping wrong

    • gallic

      on touchscreen? try that using ONE HAND.

      oh, and try typing when walking. you'll understand why swiping is more usable.

      • http://www.facebook.com/guilhermeds3 Guilherme Santos

        I use both hands. Always. Maybe the issue is that I need to swype in Portuguese, probably more efficient in English.

        • PhilNelwyn

          So if you hold something in one hand, you can't send a message? That's pretty annoying.
          Anyway, to be fair you have to compare swyping with one-handed typing, no matter what you're used to.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Compared to other Android users around me, I swype at least twice as fast as they type. And I'm by no means a genius.

  • xnifex

    I like the changes, but hate that they changed the layout so much since v3.26

  • Stan Jez

    I'll give this a go. I installed SwiftKey on my SGS3 but got frustrated with the way I had to carefully check my post for errors in sentence construction. It may well be fast, but if you have to correct later it's counter productive.