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Swype for Android goes beta, makes pressing keys to type seem old-fashioned

Swype have started the beta trials for the Android version of their software. Only a limited number of people can join, so get it while you still can. Swype is interesting because it does typing in a way only a touchscreen can, instead of just imitating a physical keyboard.

If this is the first time you hear of Swype, I’ll answer your “What’s that?” question quickly – it’s a new way to type on a virtual QWERTY keyboard by swiping your finger over the keys, instead of taping them. Check out this video to see it in action:

To get the beta version of Swype for Android, you need to register here. The beta has limited functionality (some functions apparently require OEM integration), but should be good enough for a test run.

Only English and Spanish text prediction are supported in the beta and Swype Beta works with only HVGA (320 x 480) and WVGA (480 x 800 and 480 x 854) screens, but those are the most common anyway.

Swype say they will expand the number of participants in the beta testing but if you can’t wait, there’s still time to grab a copy now. Detailed step-by-step installation instructions are available in case you get stuck. Happy beta testing!



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