Swype, one of our favourite Android keyboards, has finally shed its long-held beta tag and made its way over to Google Play. The official version adds a few new features for the typo-prone.
If you use voice-to-text with Swype, there’s a lot to like about the update. The latest version adds support for national and regional dialects in various languages, and comes bundled with Dragon Dictation’s own speech-to-text engine so it can quickly recognise words as you say them (and bypasses Google’s speech-to-text feature entirely). Swype’s “smart edit” feature has been improved, so you can tap a word to immediately edit it as opposed to just move the cursor there. The new “smart touch” feature aims to learn from your most commonly corrected typos, so it can predict and correct them before you have to.
Swype is available now at Google Play for $1. It’s no longer free like it was in beta, but it is more affordable than the community favourite, SwiftKey. The $1 price is a “limited time offer”, and Swype isn’t saying when that limited time expires or what the full price will be, so if you want it, grab it now.