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Swype Announces New Version, a 4-in-1 Keyboard Filled With Magic

Swype, who seemed to have been losing its edge in the keyboard game to Swiftkey around these parts, announced a major overhaul today that as you may expect, brings it inline with some of its strongest competitors. In this latest version, Swype predicts better and also learns from your emails, texts, and posts. It even includes a new 4-in-1 keyboard of sorts, meaning you can Swype words, rapidly type them key-for-key thanks to predictive text, speak using their Dragon button, or go as far as writing actual letters out with your fingertip.

It should be available at beta.swype.com for those itching to test it out, however, their site is completely overloaded. We’ll update this post as soon as it comes back.

Update:  The site appears to be back up, go download it!

Update 2:  Added video of the new Swype in action below.


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Nuance Launches Next Generation Swype

Swype’s New Living, Learning Keyboard Gets Smarter Every Time You Use It

Burlington, Mass. – June 20, 2012 – Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced the next-generation Swype keyboard, a four-in-one keyboard that is a revolutionary step forward in the way people communicate and input text on their mobile devices. Swype now combines touch and voice input with unique adaptive capabilities to understand users’ preferences over time – becoming smarter and more personalized every time they swype, speak, tap and write.

Staying connected has never been more exciting as Swype provides consumers with more choice in how they input text, and now interprets a user’s personal language style – ultimately providing an amazingly fast, flexible, and accurate experience. New features include:

  • Next Word Prediction: Swype’s next word prediction is amazingly intelligent as Nuance has integrated capabilities from its renowned XT9 portfolio. Swype gets smarter based on historical usage, so prediction becomes more accurate with each use.
  • Voice-Text Dictionary Syncing: Swype now includes a personal dictionary. Every new word a user enters on the keyboard gets added to their personal dictionary for speech and text, and you can even have Swype learn from emails, texts and posts. These updates are then mapped into Swype’s unified language model, so people can immediately speak or write that same word no matter how unique or specialized.
  • Language Downloads: Swypers everywhere can communicate in any language they speak, as Swype now supports the download of over 55 languages right from the device.
  • Four-in-One Keyboard: Swype now delivers a four input modalities in one keyboard. People can swype from letter to letter; type rapidly with predictive text input powered by XT9; speak their text naturally through a fully integrated Dragon button; or, simply write letters, words and symbols using their fingertip. Further, users can switch back and forth between modalities on the fly – providing the ultimate in keyboard personalization.

“People use their keyboards every day in every way – so input needs to be fast and simple,” said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “The new Swype living, learning keyboard ushers in a new era of input, where the keyboard adapts to the users’ unique way of communicating every time they swype, speak, tap or write.”

Availability

The next-generation of Swype is available for OEMs supporting the Android Platform as well as via an SDK for other operating systems. Can’t wait for a device? Go to beta.swype.com to download the Swype Beta for Android today.

About Nuance Communications, Inc

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visitwww.nuance.com.

  • carluverdrm2004

    Any chance of an ICS theme?

  • https://plus.google.com/104242241965716988815 boo Jay

    Not sure what the hoopla is about Swiftkey. I tried it and thought it was pretty terrible. Swype isn’t perfect, but it’s aeons better.

  • harryeballs1234

    Very nice!

  • The Dude

    Download keeps failing on my phone. For those who have the apk, could someone put it up on a file sharing site please.

  • Tim Buchanan

    Installer keeps telling me that my username and password are invalid.???

  • http://twitter.com/terrywonghoi Terry Wong

    Just installed. I can swipe and delete words much faster and smoother than the previous version.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25802390 Michael Sullivan

    seriously this is the longest beta testing ever. just release the app and make money off of people already.. i dont understand what the hold up is.. it clearly works. so annoying.

  • panicswhenubered

    Stop with betas and just sell us Swype already. Before they had an open beta, I remember having to get cracked versions of Swype from XDA. I would have happily paid $5 for it.

  • vectorsky

    Why oh why did they have to include a swipe length limit in this new version? That was one thing that irritated me about FlexT9 when I tried it and kept me loyal to Swype, now it’s been merged in. That annoying beep when you reach the length limit caught me totally off guard when I attempted to swype my email address as I do so often logging into websites.

  • Jonathan Ofalla

    Am I the only one not receiving the download email from Swype? I logged into my existing Swype account to download the new beta. I click the option to re-install and I receive nothing. Spam folder checked too.

    • WallyIAm

      Nope, you’re not the only one.

  • digitalicecream

    I wonder if FlexT9 will succumb to Swype, or the other way around? Considering they appear to be merging the features of these two keyboard. (both owned by nuance).

    • Nick S.

      [http://images.myfavoritegames.com/gallery-db-z-gt-x/Screenshots/Dragonball_GT/04._Shadow_Dragon_Saga/60._Super_Saiyan_4_Fusion/dbgtepisode60_099.jpg]

      Best of both?

  • socal_jnunez

    apk anyone

  • Aardvark99

    I hate the layout and icons on the new arrow-keys screen (swype off to the right of the logo button)

  • http://twitter.com/litobirdy litobirdy

    seems really good except lets say you write composer but you meant
    compose, if you hit backspace it deletes the whole word… wtf? thats
    not cool. back to release version until thats fixed

  • Ryan

    Just installed the swype beta, and I have to say I like much more than the release version. The release version just seems to lag and run quite slow, while the beta version seems to run much much faster.

  • matthewurbanjf

    Do u have to have swype already on your phone?

  • Maggs

    Just downloaded it and using it now :)

  • Rob

    just downloaded it and i already love it! i used stock swype but then switched over to swiftkey for about a month. it’s a good keyboard, but had a hard time embracing it — you definitely get the most out of it if you type with both hands, but i prefer typing one-handed.

    swype with predictive text seems like it’s the best of both worlds. so far it seems to detect my motions much better as well, no more coming up with obscure words that no one would ever use.

  • Manie Pellegrino

    I am getting “there is a problem parsing the package”

  • johnM

    Wait Swype losing edge to SwiftKey? You can’t swype using SwiftKey. That’s no fun.

  • desiman26

    Beta isn’t too bad! I might get used to this.

  • Guest

    Wow! It can even detect voice? That’s really amazing and new!

    • brkshr

      Um, it’s had voice capabilities for awhile now. Dragon Speech at that. Arguably the best speech recognition software made. It can now detect personal dictionary entry’s now, is all. So if I enter “cuz” or “wazzup”, it will insert that when I say it.

      • Royal2000H

        Your sarcasm detector seems to be disabled.

  • brkshr

    Been waiting for swype with adaptive capabilities for a awhile now… So everyone stop downloading, so that I can!

  • HuskerHog

    Love me some Swipe.

  • jer85008

    Still not sure how people find it easier/faster to slide their finger around the screen than tap buttons.

    • Chahk Noir

      Try it.

    • brkshr

      Cuz you put your finger down once & lift it up once for a whole word. Why peck at the keyboard 4, 5, 8 times to type one word, when you can put your finger down once? Swype would, & has, held the fastest keyboard record, if swiftkey didn’t already have the phrase that they use memorized.

      • Maggs

        I totally agree!

  • frankandsimple

    Swype worrying about losing market share and edge when it is not even available in the market?? Now THAT’S a head-scratcher for you!

    • akhnaten

      Exactly. And what pisses me off is they “Beta test” on devices for which the keyboard will never be available. Does anyone else remember the Droid Incredible testing they did a couple of years ago?

  • akhnaten

    Why would I help them test a product that will never be made available on the Android Market? All this company can do is avoid competing and send out take down notices.

    • Droidzilla

      Maybe because it’s awesome and free?

      • akhnaten

        Outside of the “beta” which expires, how is Swype free? There are plenty of other keyboards out there that do the same thing as Swype and are available in the Market.

  • David Cosme Jr.

    One of my biggest complaints about Swype is the hassle that you have to go through just to get it on your device. Upgrading is an equal chore. I may look into this later, but I feel like I’ve moved on from Swype to SwiftKeyX. I’ll need a compelling reason to look back. Right now, it doesn’t seem like there is enough of a reason to go back.

    • mbaldwin85

      SwiftKey 3 Beta is pretty solid. Give it a try if you use X already

      • michael arazan

        same here, i’m really digging the swiftkey beta, except its not that good on my browser

    • steve0617

      This one was no different. (I’m new to Swype so never been through this).

      Go to the site on PC. Register. Then get an email that has a PIN in it. Only able to open that email from the phone as clicking link from a PC says ‘not an android device.’ Download the installer apk (not the actual program). Open. Log in. Then enter PIN. Then download software. Then have to ‘activate on this device’ then open and then walk through settings/how do I use Swype.

      My God, it’s a KEYBOARD. What a PITA installation.

      • evcon

        If you’re already registered you can log in to beta.swype.com from your phone and download the installer directly. Still kind of a pain, but not nearly as bad as that.

      • CopierITGuy

        You will also have to prick the end of your finger and swab a blood sample onto your screen to verify your identity! With all of the keyboards out there now, why bother with jumping through all the hoops to get this instead?

        • steve0617

          It was a pain, but after using SlideIT’s keyboard (which always fruutrated me), I’m really liking this new Swype.

    • Droidzilla

      Holy freaking First World Problems, Batman!

  • Raven

    So, it is now basically the same as FlexT9 which is also by Nuance except that you can just buy FlexT9 without all of the OEM or Beta nonsense.

    • CopierITGuy

      Right on! I’ve been rockin’ FlexT9 since it was the FAOTD from Amazon App Store. Never been happier. I use it exclusively. I used SWYPE before I got T9, but T9 has outperformed it since day 1.

  • Hothfox

    I might check this out. I used to use SwiftKey but can’t be bothered to install the Amazon App store to put it on my GNex again (I got it there when it was free). The only thing I didn’t like about Swype (since it’s free, I wanted that one) was that you couldn’t really just TYPE, you had to SWYPE. Now that’s ‘fixed’, sooo..

    • Sean Stone

      You can try the beta for free right now. vip.swiftkey.com

      • Hothfox

        So, um, that link takes me to a website for a plastic key holder.

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        • Maggs

          what does beta mean? sorry I’m a total novice

          • Evan Rosler

            beta means it’s still in the testing phase. there may be some bugs or glitches that the dev team has yet to find/fix. the point of releasing a beta to the masses is to get a whole boatload of free product testing, as well as to start getting people using the product.

            definitely not something to be scared of. =]

          • Maggs

            thank you for explaining :)

      • Hothfox

        Oh, it’s vip.swiftkey.net .. not .com. Thanks for the tip :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    Of course their download server is down now haha. Damn.

  • Maggs

    where do I find it? I looked in app store and didn’t see one by Nuance?

    • David Cosme Jr.

      They aren’t in Play. Do a Google search for them. It will be a 3rd party download.

      • Maggs

        thank you, I’ll try that

  • Maggs

    I just loaded Swiftkey on my D Maxx but I prefer to swype when texting.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Love Swype. Here’s hoping the stock version on my D3 sees an update. {{-_-}}

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

      You can run the Swype Beta alongside your stock version. Go to beta.swype.com and register for the Beta Program. When you choose your keyboard, you’ll see Swype, as well as Swype Beta.

      • udispyn

        confirmed

  • Andrew

    Swype has always been a rock for me. I haven’t updated in ages (still running the modded version for GNex). Typing, or Swyping rather, is the only feature I need from my keyboard.

    • https://plus.google.com/117125023630262605212 Kelly

      me too – loving the ICS skin on the modded one I have – just wish you could set it to use ICS voice to text rather than dragon

      • http://twitter.com/mykd99 Mike Deeds

        Agree, ICS voice would be much appreciated

  • Beka27

    Sounds like Flex T9…

    • BrianLipp

      that was made by Nuance, and Nuance now owns swype, so….makes sense to merge the two keyboards into one

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

      Flex T9 came out after Swype. FT9 is powerful, but Swype is more stable for me.