Well, the Swype team promised us ICS action at the end of January, but mid-February will have to do. According to their Twitter account, we are just “days away” from an update that brings with it Android 4.0 support and a number of other “goodies.”
Most of you have been enjoying Swype in a variety of colors on your Galaxy Nexus for weeks already, however, it appears as if many if not all of those files have been removed from the internet altogether. As much as we love Swype, they continue to be sticklers on the modification front. They do have IP to protect, but if they would just give us the ability to theme in a new update, the Swype Black Market would come to a screeching halt.
Ready for official ICS-supported Swype?
Golf clap for the Swype team? By the end of January, they should release their latest beta with “official” support for Ice Cream Sandwich. As you all know though, the developer community had this up and running back on December 22 and has already released a dozen or so themes for it as well. But hey, we all love official stuff. (more…)
We here at DL love ourselves some Swype. But you know what we love even more? Themed Swype. So, when we stumbled upon this treasure chest of different themes we just couldn’t resist sharing it. For those who have troubles choosing which colors they want, don’t fret. There are enough choices to have a new color every day of the week. But, there are a few different versions available so make sure you install the right ones. Depending on which phone you have, will determine which version you need. If you are a G-Nex owner, make sure to download the apk’s from the G-Nex section on the bottom.
Update: Well, the amount of traffic we sent over has crashed their site. Cheers, DL community! You can grab all the themes here for now. Thanks for the mirror!
We can’t host the apk’s ourselves, so head on over to JBThemes for the full list and download links. No root required.
Cheers Green Orange!
The partnerships that Swype has formed with a variety of phone manufacturers has likely done wonders for the growth of their company. Swype is essentially a household name in the Android game, and a lot of that has to do with it coming pre-loaded on all sorts of phones. But one of the frustrating things as a consumer, is watching their beta product continue to receive updates and improvements on a regular basis while the pre-loaded versions on some phones go without them.
The DROID RAZR is a good example. While it may have a spicy black version that no other phone has, it may never see the new Dragon Dictation and advanced language modeling that were introduced this week with the beta. There could be an OS update to the RAZR from Motorola that will include these features, but that could be months out. And since the keyboard is installed as a System app, you cannot remove it or replace it with the beta. So you are stuck with the custom OEM version of Swype while the rest of the Android crew gets to test out new features in the beta. Frustrating, right?
Well, thanks to a member over at XDA, you can get the beta up and running on your phone after following a few simple, yet specific instructions. We do recommend that you only attempt this if you understand the risks involved and are OK with them. And by that, I mean that you could soft brick your phone without many (or any) options to get you back up and running. (more…)
Been waiting and hoping that Swype would finally deliver the goods for all of us Galaxy Nexus owners? Wait no more. The folks at Swype initially reported that due to a change in the way screen resolution is reported in Ice Cream Sandwich, that a version of its popular software may not be available anytime soon for 4.0+ devices. Well, what I guess they chose not to realize is that there are many people out there who spend their time tinkering with these apps in the hopes that they can get them working as we see fit. (more…)
With Swype’s recent addition of Dragon Dictation, talking to your phone is now less frustrating with no more misheard words. Thanks to the acquisition of Swype by Nuance, Swype has been able to implement Nuance’s bread and butter right into their own software. Dragon Dictation is known as a speech to text software that allows for text input up to five times faster than regular pecking. But that’s not all, folks.
According to Swype developers, Swype is also learning how we, as the consumers, speak. It takes actual context into account as we swipe from key to key, spelling out words. It will then appropriately place the proper word to fit the sentence given the context. And according to their studies, it will only get more intuitive the more you use it. (more…)
If you love Swype, keep an eye on your device as Swype’s first OTA is soon to be rolling out. Included in the update is an upgraded Context Prediction engine for people who like fast, smart, and overall responsive keyboards. We were hoping that Swype would finally pick up a new color scheme, but that doesn’t seem to have happened yet. Come on Swype, I know you’re listening. Give users the ability to customize the look of the keyboard and I promise you will have many happy users.
With our first over-the-air update, we’ve enabled our Context Prediction Engine. By analyzing the text you’ve already entered, Swype will offer more accurate predictions that make sense in the context of the sentence
- 40% increase in prediction accuracy when a language profile is present
- Learns over time as you use it, building up a personal language profile for you.
As Swype starts getting “smarter”, is anyone thinking of switching back from SwiftKey X or FlexT9 to give this a go?
Swype is back in the building with 3.26, their latest build. What’s new? A lot of stuff actually. The most important thing though, is the fact that we no longer need to use their ridiculous installer app. Well, to clarify, you need to install this newest build with the newest installer and then from that point forward, will no longer need it. Automatic updates is what I’m trying to say!
They also plan to introduce a new color scheme with an orange tracer and new black and orange word suggestions. There are rumors that it should be out soon as one of the first automatic updates.
Here are the rest of the major updates:
Automatic Updates have finally arrived! Once installed, this latest version of Swype will let you install updates on-the-fly via Swype Connect.
- When an update is ready, you’ll receive an Android Notification informing you that an upgrade is available
- Install the update right through the Swype Settings window
- Your user dictionary and settings will automatically be saved during the update!
Improved Language Control gives you access to only the languages you use. From Swype Settings you can select which languages will appear when switching languages directly from Swype. Never cycle through a language you don’t use again.
The Refined Key Layout brings a better overall user experience, more in line with what users expect. Numbers are now across the top row, and the symbols layer contains several new characters, and a button to switch between 2 pages of symbols.
Redesigned Settings & Help makes it easier than ever to control how Swype behaves, and learn how to become an advanced Swype user. Just long-press to go straight to the Swype Settings window!
Full details on these changes can be found here. Download from here.
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