A new beta update for Swype has begun rolling out and will hit tester's handsets over the next 72 hours. The big changes, if you couldn't tell by the title, are Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) support and the integration of Dragon GO! - unsurprising, since Swype was purchased by Nuance and Dragon Dictation support has been rolled in since December. Specifically, the update adds functionality to the "Dragon" key which allows users to dictate speech using the infamous engine, as well as launch the Dragon GO! app.

Other improvements include improved prediction accuracy, and a few bugfixes regarding language modeling and dictionaries. They've also added language downloads for WXGA devices, and "enbaled the EMOTICON key in SMS apps (when the app requests it)."

ICS users are instructed to disable Android 4.0's built-in spell checker, as it conflicts with Swype's. They also caution that there may be some bugs for ICS users; that shouldn't come as a surprise - it is still wearing a beta tag, after all.

[Source: Nuance via @Swype]