Swype 3 For Android Adds More Friendly Text Prediction, Is Available For A Limited Time

Swype 3 For Android Adds More Friendly Text Prediction, Is Available For A Limited Time
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Swype, one of our favourite Android keyboards, is once again available to all, and it has brought some pretty great improvements — namely a text prediction bar at the top of the keyboard, that makes typing and correcting mistakes a breeze.

The new text prediction may not seem revolutionary, since it’s pretty much the same horizontal bar that’s in every other Android keyboard. However, it does make a huge difference in how easy Swype is to use. In old versions of Swype, you had to double-tap a word, which would bring up a popup window from which you could choose the word you actually wanted. Not only was this kind of annoying, it didn’t work great with Gingerbread’s new text management features.

In version 3, all you need to do is single-tap on a word and pick your correction from the top row on the keyboard. Plus, it works great for switching back and forth between tapping and swiping. If you’ve been frustrated with Swype in the past, you’ll definitely want to check out this new version. It’s so much easier to use.

The new version also brings support for Android tablets, a much easier registration process, and a bunch of other enhancements. Plus, the beta is open once again, so even if you’re just a little curious, we recommend registering now. Swype isn’t available to everyone very often! Just register at Swype’s home page, then head to beta.swype.com on your phone to download the installer.

Swype is a free download for Android devices with HVGA, WVGA, FWVGA, QVGA, WQVGA, WSVGA and qHD screen sizes.

Swype 3.0 Beta for Android


    • Its not on the market, click the link at the bottom of the story to sign up on the beta waiting list.

      Swype operate by selling their product to manufacturers (such as Samsung) who bundle Swype with their own software on their devices. The beta is available for a broader market, but you have to be admitted to the beta program first.

      • Ah, I see. Their website isn’t really clear on that point, except in the “Partners” section, which I never looked at before, because I wasn’t interested in their partners, just the software.

        I hardly consider it to be a free download if you need to be in a beta program. I’d rather the latest stable release, not a beta.

        • Unfortunately, you’re S.O.L. if you want a stable release, as the stable version is only made available to their partners.

          In having said that, the “beta” version isn’t true to the name, its incredibly stable, and while its a rolling revision, they don’t get pumped out every few days. I’ve been using Swype since I was admitted into the beta program back in October last year, and have never once found it to crash or prove unstable.

          The beta is completely free, so I believe there’s no foul by reporting it as such.

  • There was a MASSIVE bug with the swype bundled with the GT-I9000 where the tip screen would pop up after attempting to select a word after a manually entered word was displayed.

    apparently there was a in an earlier beta but was since closed. Just registered for the beta…

  • The Installer alone is over 10Mb. Make sure you have plenty of space on your phone.
    Ogre, you have to go to the Swype website, it’s not in the market.

  • I updated yesterday. Still getting used to the changes, but overall seems to be a general improvement.

    Glad to see they’ve devised a way around the double-tapping to edit words not functional bug in GingerBread (double tapping a word in GB highlights the word and opens a context menu to cut/copy/paste – which is hardcoded and over-rights Swypes word editing functionality).

    Swype 3 still seems to be missing the ability to edit the custom dictionary (ie, words that are added to the dictionary after the user taps them in, instead of swyping) – which is a major thorn in my side, as it stores spelling mistakes. I’ve found the longer I’ve used Swype, the less accurate the word predictions are because it returns spelling errors like “yopu” instead of “you”. Still, I’ve heard they’re working on a fix for it.

    Other thing I’d like to see is a better number pad functionality. I’m not a big fan of the single line numeric buttons on the standard Android keyboard, but don’t like how Swype’s numeric buttons are staggered and aren’t aligned to a straight grid like a conventional num-pad.

    • …well, I’m corrected already. A bit of further playing just showed me that Swype now prompts the user to add a new word to the dictionary if you tap in a word it doesn’t recognise. Awesome. Prevention is a far better solution than having to monitor the custom dictionary.

      • Sorry to tell you Sam, but you’ve always been able to delete custom words in the dictionary on older versions. You just highlight the word, then hit the “swype” key. You get a confirmation box that pops up and asks you to confirm the deletion of the word.

        Also, I’ve never had any issues getting the swype suggestion box in Gingerbread. Highlight the word, then press the swype key. Sure, doule tapping is faster but it’s never been a big enough issue to really get to me.

        Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with words built into the dictionary. One feature I’d LOVE to see is the ability to limit the frequency of particular words being used in it’s auto guess. For instance, when I try to swype in “dude”, it usually comes in as “side” ( a word I don’t frequently use). If I could have the option to make “Dude” a more frequent guess than “side”, I’d be very happy.

        Either that or control oer the built in dictionary. Some of the things it outputs as guesses are just bizarre sometimes.

        All in all, I love swype. I’m glad they’re getting around to a major update!

  • Wish I had known you can’t instead Beta if you have Production (pre-loaded) version of Swype already on your phone. That would’ve saved me an HOUR as I fruitless tried following directions provided by Swype. Those directions were detailed but a big “Don’t bother trying to upgrade to Beta if you have it already!” banner (maybe BLINKing) would have been nice.

    • Well, it DID say that you had to uninstall first – considering I had the preloaded version I couldn’t uninstall (without rooting my phone of course). I thought I’d give it a try anyway, but it didn’t work. The whole process took me about 3 minutes 🙂

  • SlideIT has had tablet support, resizing and predictive tapping for months, not to mention a “horizontal suggestion bar”, which is so trivial it is not even listed as a “feature”. They can even combine tapping and swyping. I always feel that Swype is one step behind them and is just looking at what SlideIT does and coping it with a fancier look. Sorry, but the original is usually (and this is no exception) better.

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