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.