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Swype Leaves Beta After All These Years, Lands on Google Play for $0.99


This morning we awoke to the pleasant surprise of seeing the Swype keyboard gracing Google Play. For those who have been around here for a while, you will know Swype as the original swipe-based keyboard that allows you to drag your finger from key to key, to create words and turn anyone into a speed texting machine. 

While it seems every keyboard company has now implemented a swiping feature, I will hold fast in believing Swype should be known as the “OG” in this department.

There is a paid version of the keyboard available for a limited time at just $0.99, while a free version is available for a trial period. The keyboard seems to perform quite well, not showing any lag or performance hiccups. And in terms of looks, it gives off a stock Android feel with some orange flare, which you won’t see my complaining about.

Check it out for old time’s sake.

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  • Vince

    I tried the 4.2.2 swipe capable keyboard for a while and it just wasn’t as good as Swype. I’ve been using Swype since the Beta launched and LOVE IT. I have put it on every android device I’ve used and would have a hard time going without it. Heck, if they’d write one that worked with a touchpad on a laptop I’d use it there probably, or at least it would be handy to have when I’m trying to use by Wacom tablet and enter info with one hand. It’s accuracy is night and day better (or I guess more forgiving) than the 4.2.2 keyboard and adding words to the dictionary is lightyears easier and more intuitive. I tried Slide-It too but it just plain stunk. I do like the fact that 4.2.2 has the swiping available so when I pick up my wife’s phone, I don’t have to peck type on it anymore, but I still prefer swype!

  • TylerChappell

    I can’t help but find it a little bit silly. It takes them this long to be out of beta. By now I already have 2 devices that have this feature built in, my Droid DNA, and my Nexus 7, and swiping to type works excellent on both of them, rarely ever have any errors. (usually it only occurs with words that have two of the same letter together like “look” etc.)

  • JulianZHuang

    swiftkey forever.

  • steveindajeep

    ill throw a buck their way. If anything i owe them for using the beta for so long and baffling the iphone troglodytes for years now.

  • Stephen D

    Swype is still the best at swyping/gesture typing or whatever you want to call it. I find it’s predictions are the best and I love how it handles punctuation and .com and other things. I’ve tried Swiftkey Flow, and I’ve been using the stock keyboard on my Note 2(which I think just uses Swiftkey Flow), and I’ve also used the stock 4.2 keyboard, and I find that none of them are as good as Swype. Now, Swype just needs to add a dedicated number row option, because after using the stock Note 2 keyboard, I can’t give it up.

  • T_Dizzle

    I miss Shapewriter. That was a great keyboard. I still use Swype myself.

  • For those upgrading from beta to this play store version –

    1. Play store vesion doesn’t replace the beta. Package name is different.

    2. I’m not sure about the user dictionary sync. I had backed up my dictionary using my account in swype. But when I installed from play store, it asked me to register, even though it picked up my existing gmail id. There was no option to ‘login’. After I re-registered and entered the activation code, it said “backing up your dictionary” and not restoring. So, be careful with that.

  • Dat Nguyen

    HUGE missed opportunity to generate revenue. This was production ready a long long time ago even if it wasn’t considered perfect.

    • Steve Benson

      Judging by the number of downloads just today, I’d say they’re well on their way to generating some serious revenue.

      • Dat Nguyen

        But imagine how much more they could have had if the monetized it earlier than today… the mind boggles…

  • trwb

    Doesn’t trace typing come with most Android phones and AOSP anyways?

  • Sankyou

    I still prefer swype to swiftkey. Swiftkey flow does not handle some of the basics like punctuation and “.com” as well. I do like the 10-key on Swiftkey flow more and it’s ability to use google voice recognition over the (awful) dragon one. The paid swype does allow you to get rid of the dragon icon finally. Worth a buck to me – no doubt.

  • Artune

    4.2.2 tells me to save my dollar. Too little too late.

    • dwm

      Same here, too little, too late. Going with the stock 4.2.2 keyboard and not missing Swipe one bit.

    • John

      I find the adding to dictionary in Swype so much more fluid. You can’t swype swear words in stock 4.2.* keyboard, despite if you add ’em or not.

      ‘duck you’ is not as forceful as the other one 😉

  • Jeff Tycz

    Lets face it, the only reason it is now in the play store is because google make their own iteration that comes stock now

  • PhillipCun

    I been using swype since the OG droid. While I like Swiftkey for my Nexus 7, I still prefer Swype for my Gnex. I think Swype’s …. swipe (?) is still the best. While Swiftkey is great as well, it is still no match for the accuracy and UX of Swype.

  • Way too little, way too late. Swype’s time has passed. I will still never understand how/why Swype never patented that technology.

    • Steve Benson

      They’re still the best at this software. Neither Google or Swiftkey have perfected it like Swype.

      • I played with a recent beta of Swype and, personally, I didn’t like it as much as the stock Android keyboard. Maybe that’s because I’ve become so used to the stock Android keyboard (been using it exclusively for almost 2 years, since Gingerbread on the Nexus S). I also don’t like the fact that Swype doesn’t tie into the standard Android voice search functionality (which works a lot better for voice typing than whatever it is that Swype uses in my experiences).

        • Steve Benson

          That’s my one and only gripe about Swype – the voice text. If they would add an option to be able to switch from Dragon to Google’s voice text it would be perfect. As far as everything else, it’s a far superior keyboard. I especially like that they added a holo keyboard theme.

          Another plus – Swype isn’t charging you twice to get it on your tablet like cheap ass Swiftkey.

        • OBK1352

          I just tried the voice feature on the paid release and it was perfect. You may want to give it another try. The one thing I noticed was that it will keep on listening until you press “done”, which is different from how the google version just transcribes your voice when you pause long enough.

          • obk1352re

            You can change the Swype setting to mimick the google setting of stopping when you pause.

          • John

            I agree. I was QUITE impressed with how quick it transcribed my sentence. Tip: you can set it to auto sense when you’re done talking, like google’s voice transcribing (it’s int he swype options)

    • yo momma

      because they weren’t first. SlideIt was before them.

  • User

    Anyone know how to import dictionary from Beta to new paid app?

    • Steve Benson

      When you open Swype in your settings, click My Words, then Backup & Sync and make sure you’re logged in. Once you’re logged in your dictionary will be there.

      • User


  • Boblank84

    anyone else find it to be a little laggy compared to aosp keyboard, on toro specifically

    • Steve Benson

      It’s the only second party keyboard I’ve used that DOESN’T lag. Switfkey is terrible.

  • Éclair

    Swype is a pretty good option still. Swiftkey with flow is pretty good, but to date swiftkey still doesn’t support Chinese/Japanese inputs, and that has forced me back to using Swype.

  • Corey Hass

    For those wondering about the Beta Program, its all on their website:

    1. What will happen to the Swype Beta program?

    The Swype Beta program will be returning to its roots now that we’re offering the full version of Swype on Google Play. If you are an Android user and want to be a beta tester for Swype, please read this post on the Swype Forum.

    2. I am an existing Swype Beta tester. What happens now?

    If you are an existing Swype Beta tester, we recommend that you update to the latest version of Swype Beta (v1.4.9) by opening Swype Settings > Updates. You can verify your Swype Beta version by going to Swype Settings > Preferences and scrolling all the way to the bottom where it says “About”.

    3. Will the latest version of Swype Beta (v1.4.9) expire?

    Yes. As with each previous release within the Swype Beta program, the latest version of Swype Beta (v1.4.9) will expire. The expiration date for Swype Beta v1.4.9 is September 14, 2013.

    4. How can I sign up to be a beta tester for Swype?

    Please see this post on the Swype Forum for directions on how to become a beta tester for Swype.

    5. I have more questions! Where should I go?

    If you have questions related to Swype, please visit the Swype Forum and Search for your question. If you do not see an answer already, please feel free to register an account and join the conversation!

  • brkshr

    I have a feeling that this was released to the Play Store because Google now has it’s own “gesture” typing, as well as manufacturers implementing their own swype/flow/gesture keyboards. Some may say that this is late to the game, but I don’t think this was ever previously in the cards for Swype. They licensed their software to manufactures & that was their main business. We just tested Swype betas for them. Now with the advent of other companies having this “swype” ability, I think they had to change their business plan, in order to stay relevant & in business. Just my opinion.
    Either way, I’ve been using their keyboard for years for free. I think I can spare a $1 for them.

  • Sirx

    Purchased, but I can’t actually get through the set-up process on my Galaxy Nexus. Still, Swype deserves my $0.99, not only for getting many of us through the before times when tapping was still all the rage (and caused all the rage >:-0), but for also inspiring the many keyboards that today threaten to render it obsolete.

  • In the past I was a hardcore Swype user. That was my go to keyboard. Then SwiftKey Flow came along and it seemed to give better updates and new features. SwiftKey has been great (minus a few issues) and it’s great to see Swype back in action. I might have to go back to the classic for one last try.

    • JoshGroff

      SwiftKey offers more customization, that’s pretty much why it’s my go to keyboard. (Best $.10 ever spent!)

  • PyroHoltz

    Google’s swipe keyboard is just fine by me.

  • Jonathan Ofalla

    What does this mean for the Swype beta? Is it no longer provided?

  • Marc Lerman

    If I have the free Beta version, why would I pay $1 now?

    • brkshr

      We wouldn’t want your kids to starve now would we…


    • Steve Benson

      Do you like Swype? Then you will pay $1 now instead of paying $2 or maybe $3 next week when the price goes up.

    • tom

      The beta will stop working eventually.

  • Droidzilla

    I’ve tried pretty much every major keyboard our there (and I mean really tried; like used it exclusively for a week or more to get over the learning curve), and I always crawl back to Swype. Swype, I just can’t quit you.

    • JMonkeYJ

      i’m like you. i love new keyboards and always try to give them a fair amount of time. both swype and swiftkey were my gotos in certain eras, but since jellybean nothing beats stock for me.

      • Droidzilla

        I may have to give the stocker another go.

        • JMonkeYJ

          i saw below that you’ve tried before. i think keyboard are a personal thing (as brkshr also points out above) and maybe stock won’t work well for you. i’m glad we both have ones we do like, tho 🙂

          • Droidzilla

            Yep. We can all agree that choice is a good thing; so glad I’m not on some crappy phone that can’t change the default keyboard without ridiculous workarounds! Who would pay money for that?

      • brkshr

        I tried to like stock gesture typing so much, because I love AOSP. I just can’t do it! I call my girl “sexy” all the time & stock refuses to swipe that. I also don’t like how it only gives you 3 words to replace a wrong word, or you have to hold down (for a second or two) on the center word to get more. Swype always gives 5 words to replace with (90% of the time correct word is here) & an easy swipe to the right will give you more options (99% of the time, the replacement will be here if not in the first 5). I just tried stock again after reading this post. ‘Hello sexy’ comes out “Hello seedy” no matter what I do. I refuse to peck “sexy” in a few times a day. I also use the ‘swipe from ! or ? to space bar multiple times a day. I can’t give up that time saver either. Just my experience. Stock isn’t for me.

        • JMonkeYJ

          now i feel bad for my gf…i never refer to her as “sexy” when txting haha. how is tap-typing these days on Swype? i remember that was a big thing that turned me off when i last used it. i still tap probably 90% of the time, so excellent tapping is a must. i used to trade that off because swyping was so useful when i did need it, but now with most keyboards offering swyping, i care much more about the tapping experience (eg excellent auto correct, auto punctuate, auto space, next word prediction).

          • brkshr

            That made me laugh. I needed that right now… Anyways, tapping works perfectly for me. Pretty much just as good as the stock keyboard. I pretty much only tap when I’m entering in a custom word, but it works just fine.

  • Just bought it for the pure nostalgia feeling. Been using the stock keyboard for a while now. I wonder when Google Navigation will come out of beta… Lol.

  • I guess I prefer SwiftKey. Being a Note 2 owner though, I wish they would add a numbers row like the stock keyboard. It’s the only reason I’m sticking to the GN2 stock keyboard.

  • FknTwizted

    When this first dropped a couple of years ago I would have easily paid more than $1 but, with swift key and its flow tech I is hard for me to shell out any money for another keyboard.. not saying swype is by any means a inferior keyboard just hard to justify paying for another keyboard… and hearing that you can only use it on 1 device is a very big negative in my books.

  • everyone just calm down, if you want the best swyper out there, then fork over the dollar to continue the awesome swypeness, if you prefer stock keyboard or swiftkey flow, then go for that, poof

  • Too little, too late

  • EC8CH

    What just happened?

    This move is seriously about 3 years too late, especially since the stock keyboard has the majority of this functionality now.

    • Droidzilla

      I find word correction on the stock keyboard to be unnecessarily cumbersome. Swype just seems more intelligently designed. I gave the JB keyboard the old college try (wait. that means I was drunk and living off of my parents while pretending to be all growns up; scratch that) for several weeks, but I came crawling back to Swype like a low self-esteem woman to her abusive boyfriend.

      • Cowboydroid

        Same here. The stock prediction isn’t any better, and it’s a pain in the rear to go back and correct a word. Swype has the best functionality I’ve used yet on word correction.

  • holy crap, it is the end of days. Swype still seems to be better than Swiftkey flow

    • flosserelli

      Not unless Swype massively improved their prediction engine.

      • Wait, you’re saying that Swiftkey Flow is better than Swype at swipe-style input? I haven’t tried Swiftkey Flow myself… I am actually still back on the original Swype beta… IMO it’s superior to the upgraded Swype beta that did away with a number of the function keys.

      • Brandon Golway

        That’s the whole duality of it, I like swiping for quick one-handed input but Swype’s prediction engine wasn’t even 90% spot-on when I last tried it around a year ago and their landscape typing (which I do often) absolutely sucked. I started using Swiftkey and loved their predicition engine but missed swiping, with the announcement of Swiftkey Flow I thought my prayers had been answered, but even after using Flow for a few months the swiping predictions are still kind of off even after learning from Facebook, Gmail and SMS. The one thing that always pisses me off is that it constantly corrects “it’s” to “is” and vice versa.

  • been using swipe since day 1 of its beta. i love it but, it has limitations such as no emoji and no quick access to change keyboard to access emoji iwin keyboard. but it is the best keyboard around downloadable,

  • They really missed the boat here, I would have paid several dollars for this easily when it was the only way to get a swipe-based keyboard. Some of the negative reviews are interesting, apparently it only lets you use it on 1 device.

    • Steve Benson

      I’m using the market version on multiple devices.

  • Good Luck

  • Austin Warren

    I like swift key.

    • MikeCiggy

      In the past swype had way better word recognition. I do use swiftkey because I could actually buy it. Not sure what to do now.

      • Jon Lambert

        use the free trial and see if it’s better

      • OBK1352

        just buy it.. it’s 99 cents. I still like swype better than swiftkey.. Just seems to guess the right word more often.

  • Sam

    Insta-purchase. I can’t use another keyboard.