Swype is far from an unfamiliar face in the mobile world. It has served some of the finest Android phones as an included keyboard, permitting one-handed writers to swipe out words rather than peck away with their thumbs. During this time, it was unavailable as a separate download, and using it was somewhat of an exclusive experience. It has since entered the Play Store, and it's now making the jump up to version 1.5.6 less than a month later.

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The update increases the accuracy of word predictions and brings in a host of general improvements and bug fixes. Given how often people have to use their keyboards, these small touches can amount to a much better experience.

What's New
  • New languages added: Afrikaans, Irish, Javanese, Sesotho, Sundanese, Swahili, Xhosa, Zulu
  • Updated language databases and word models for French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian
  • Next word prediction accuracy improvements
  • Dragon Dictation UI improvements
  • New theme
  • Fixed word duplication bug for HTC One Mail app
  • Fixed crashes reported by users
  • Various bug fixes and optimizations

Swype is currently available for 99 cents. Grab it while you can, or check out the 30-day free trial below. But before you do, here are some tips and tricks to help you get started.

Source: Swype

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Zak Taccardi

    Lol that theme....awful

    • Hal Motley

      What happened to the iconic blue? This looks like urine trailing over the keyboard like a drunk dude after a night out who goes home to his computer.

      • xnifex

        they said in an ama that they disabled it at the request of Skype

        • Pratik Holla

          Wow, so Skype has a trademark on the color blue now? Wtf.

          Swype should just allow users to customize the trail color.

          • xnifex

            they said they came to a mutual agreement or something like that. i hope they bring the blue back too.

  • bat0nas

    Still "99 Cents - Limited Time Offer!". Something tells me that it will stay forever :D Looks kind of "oh see!! a discount! let's grab it!!" LOL :)

  • Samvith V Rao

    Boston theme - My eyes, they bleed!

  • bat0nas

    Now if it was a little bit faster to load. I've used very simple keyboards in the past on my Galaxy Nexus. Once I switched to Swype.. it takes a two seconds for keyboard to show up on the screen. While others we popping instantly.

    Am I the only one with this issue?

    • S. Ali

      Nope, its terribly slow.

    • Samvith V Rao

      Only while changing the keyboard

    • Cerberus_tm

      Yeah I have this too. The reason may be that it takes up so much RAM that it is constantly wiped from memory, then reloaded. I wish there were a way to keep it in memory!

  • EyeCorporations

    Until they let you disable Dragon I'm going to be sticking with SwiftKey

    • John

      I've had great success with Dragon. It used to suck, but I found it to be darn near on par with Google's voice transcribing. Sure Dragon doesn't do REAL TIME, but it's pretty close. You can even set it to auto sense the end of you speaking.

  • martyhalpern

    How does one go about reporting an issue with the Swype keyboard? I've noticed that every time I have two consecutive words that begin with a cap (like a person's first and last name), After I swype the first name, I then depress the caps key to type the second name but after a split second, the caps drop back automatically to lowercase. I then have to depress the caps key again to actually have it stay as a cap. I forget that nearly every time and start typing the word only to discover that it doesn't begin with a cap. I know one can then swype across the cap key to change the word to begin with a cap, but it's not a natural style for me to do so. They need to fix the cap key so that no matter when it is depressed, it stays as a cap for the very next key.

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      • martyhalpern

        Thanks... I'm still in the mindset that Swype is in beta (which, obviously, it is not), at which time it had no presence in the Play Store. And when it was in beta, I was never able to login to report an issue; there was always some problem with the site.

        • martyhalpern

          This is the email response I received from emailing the Developer at the addy provided on the Play Store:


          Thank you for contacting Nuance Mobility Support. Please note that this email address is not monitored. If you wish to obtain support for a Nuance Mobility product, please go to http://technicalsupport.nuance.com.


          Nuance Mobility Support

          • PhilNelwyn

            Yeah, the new support request form is here:

            I'm getting tired of Swype... there are a lot of reasons why I prefer it over SwiftKey or the AOSP keyboard, but when bugs are fixed, new ones appear.

          • Matthew Fry

            Pretty idiotic huh? "We have to put in an email address but we're not going to read it." I wrote a lengthy email to that address only to receive that little gem.

    • andy_o

      It's a known problem, it's been reported and they're working on it. Unfortunately the fix didn't make this update. http://forum.swype.com/showthread.php?11671-Unable-to-shift-after-Swyping-unless-you-tap-space-manually/page4

  • Paul

    So... swype or swiftkey flow? I own both. Been on a swiftkey flow kick lately but I'm not against going back to Swype. Seems a lot of crossover between the two (swiftkey bringing in sliding over keys option, swype bringing in next word prediction options)

    • Zak Taccardi

      for swyping-style input, swype cannot be beat. SwiftKey does not have the abilityt to specify two of the same letter in a row, nor can you swype the apostrophe in SwiftKey. Also swype gestures are awesome.

  • Mama Delta

    Swype is terrible on the battery life. It's working in the background connecting to the Internet. It's fourth place in terms of battery usage applications is annoying.

    • PhilNelwyn

      That's weird.
      It's not even showing in the list on my Nexus 4.

      • Cerberus_tm

        Nor in mine (Galaxy Nexus).

  • theching14

    I'll switch from swift key flow when they add the ability to reduce the long press time.

    Swype is better at predicting words, but it's soooo much easier and faster to add emoticons, numbers, and punctuation when the long press time on swift key flow is set really low.

  • Guy

    Swype is the best. I installed it 3 weeks ago, and I haven't had one problem with it. It's usually very accurate in predicting words, the speech recognition is amazing in many languages and idioms, and it rarely misses.

    I've tried Swiftkey flow, GO Keyboard and Swype (both on my SGSII and my Asus Infinity tablet) - but Swype is much better than all the rest. No contest.

    • Matthew Fry

      The funny thing is that the Swiftkey Flow Beta was much more accurate and had more fixes. When they switched to the release version it reverted to a much worse state.

  • Kevvo

    I can't believe they haven't fixed a long press delay option, that makes me use swiftkey with ultra low long press duration even though i much prefer swypes prediction.