Swype Receives First OTA Update, Includes Better Context Prediction Engine

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?

Via: Swype

Swype Beta Updated to Version 3.26 – New Color Scheme Soon, Automatic Updates

 

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.

*Note – Their servers may be struggling, so just keep checking back.

Swype Acquired By Nuance Communications For $100 Million

Oh, exciting news for one of our favorite 3rd party keyboards. Rumors started spreading last night that Swype had been bought by communications giant, Nuance, the company that created the voice recognition technology that is currently baked into Siri, which is available on Apple’s newest i*hone 4S. Those rumors turned out to be true and the price tag was a very cool 102.5 million dollars. We reached out to Swype’s community manager Brian Resnik for a statement and he had this to say:

We’re excited to be acquired by Nuance. We’re looking forward to all of the opportunities this brings us in terms of offering Swype alongside Nuance’s existing technologies. For now Swype will continue to be offered as a distinct product in Nuance’s product line, and we will be pursuing all opportunities to improve our products together. This is very exciting for both companies.

We asked if we can expect Swype to continue to receive updates and he replied that business would go on as usual. Hopefully this means good things for Swype as they can now have additional capital for further development.

Thursday Poll: Favorite Android Keyboard is?

  

There are so many keyboards these days that it has almost become a chore to keep up with them.  I seem to find myself switching on a weekly basis, falling in love for a couple of days with one, and then reverting back to or finding a new option shortly after.  My current active keyboard of choice is GO Keyboard, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have the itch to jump back to FlexT9 or Swiftkey X.  A lot of these keyboards are just so good in their own right, however, I can never decide which is my go to.  What about you?  Favorite keyboard right now is…?  Or better yet, which keyboard can you not live without?

Favorite Android Keyboard is?

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SwiftKey Reaches 10 Billion Keystrokes Saved Milestone – Begins Vizio Tablet Giveaway

We have plenty of people here who love them some SwiftKey. It is one of the top alternative keyboard choices for Android alongside Swype and FlextT9. SwiftKey has just announced that they have saved users a combined 10 billion keystrokes thanks to their word-predicting engine. And to celebrate, are giving away tablets, launches of trial applications, and support for six new languages.

If you want to get in on the fun, and happen to be a SwiftKey user, then follow these easy instructions to enter yourself in to win a Vizio tablet.

To enter the drawing, SwiftKey users are being asked to tweet how many keystrokes they have saved – a stat available in their app’s settings – along with the hashtag #SKX10bn. And for Android users yet to try SwiftKey, the company has just launched two new free trial apps, so users can give the award-winning technology a shot and then submit their tweet. One winner will then be randomly chosen and contacted via direct message at the end of each day.

If you choose to enter, then good luck to you. I would love for people to put down in the comment section how many keystrokes they have saved. Are Droid Life readers anywhere near at least a billion?

Via: SwiftKey, SwiftKey Twitter

New Swype Beta 3.25 Released – Includes Gestures and Personal Dictionary Management

We had heard yesterday that the newest version of Swype, that included gestures, would be headed to handsets other than the Nexus S 4G some time in the coming days; that time is now.  If you are a part of Swype’s beta program, you should have received an email concerning the update within the last couple of minutes with instructions on how to get all set up.

If you didn’t we have posted the instructions for you below:

How do I update?

You have two options for updating…

1. If you have SwypeInstaller on your device, just uninstall any previous version of Swype BETA then launch the SwypeInstaller. It will update itself and guide you through getting the newest version of Swype. Make sure you choose one of the PRE-RELEASE downloads to get this new version!

2. If you DON’T have SwypeInstaller on your device, download the new Swype Installer & Beta here. (By downloading the Swype Installer you agree to Swype’s Terms and Conditions.) Make sure you uninstall any previous versions of Swype first!

What is all included in the update?   (more…)

Swype Beta To Receive Updated Version This Week, Lacks New Skin

If all you Swypers have been waiting for an update to your keyboards, then start checking your Swype Installer this week. Word from Swype HQ is that updates will begin rolling out soon (hopefully tomorrow), and it will bring your Swype version to the same that runs on Sprint’s Nexus S 4G. Unfortunately, it is said to lack the black sexy skin that Sprint’s version rocks so well.

Thankfully, we have an unofficial word from an official member of Swype’s team that everything in these updates will soon be leaning towards custom skinning ability. Why this has been such a hard thing for them to implement beats us, but later is better than never. No word on official changelog yet, but once we get the press release, we will be sure to post it.

Everyone still rocking Swype, or have you moved on to bigger and better things? Let us know.

Via: Android Police

New Version of Swype Includes Gestures and Quick Twitter, Facebook and Google Maps Launching – Available Now To Nexus S 4G

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If things seem to be a little quiet on the Swype front these days, it is probably because they have been working extra hard behind the scenes with carriers and phone manufacturers to introduce a handful of new features.  Sprint Nexus S 4G owners have the opportunity to download a new version (3.25.91) today, before the general public.  The Swype team has added in gestures to make for easy copy, cut, and selecting, as well as a way to quickly launch some of your favorite apps like Twitter, Facebook and Google Maps.

The plan is to roll this out to NS4G owners first (download here) and then make it available to everyone in their beta program “soon.”

What are your current thoughts on Swype?  Was certainly one of the top keyboards of 2010, but now we have so many incredible options to choose from like Swiftkey, FlexT9 and A.I.Type.