This letter doesn’t come as much of a surprise since we’ve had plenty of conversations concerning this subject with Swype ourselves, but this list is as good as it gets for guidelines as to how they want their keyboard app to be treated throughout our enormous community. Overall, Swype wants to embrace the massive amount of developers that Android has, as long as they are developing for a phone that would normally ship with Swype on it, of course. And that’s really what their guidelines come down to; you can develop for and skin Swype all over the place as long as the version matches the one that shipped with the phone originally. There shouldn’t be unlocking of the beta program version and no one should be stealing pre-loaded versions and including them in say, HTC devices, or they will be in violation.
Check out their letter to XDA after the break. (more…)
Good news for those of you who missed out on the last opening of the Swype beta! Starting today, anyone with an Android phone can head over to beta.swype.com and register for the beta program. They are calling this a “limited time” offer, so be sure to get over there now. Oh, and there is a new version for those of you already dominating some Swype.
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We’re pretty sure that Swype has secretly opened up their beta program again which means that if you signed up back in the day, there is a chance you could get an invite any minute now. Two of our readers have already confirmed receiving an invitation. On their site it still says “closed”, but we have someone close to the battle that gave us a “maybe” when asked about it. And if you didn’t sign up in the past, flood their site now and register!
Update: And just as we said, they have opened up invitations to “some” already registered users…
We’ve invited SOME of the ALREADY REGISTERED users. We are STILL CLOSED to NEW REGISTRATIONS.
Might as well register anyway though right? They might do another random invite at some time and you want to be on the list.
Let us know if you get anything!
The Swype team snuck in an update this week to their beta program and it’s actually pretty major. They have finally fulfilled the number 1 request from their users with the addition of Voice-to-Text. See that cute little microphone button pictured above? Well there you go my friends. Just in time for the holidays.
Oh, they also tossed in this really sweet double-tap-to-edit option (apparently old as well). If you see an incorrect word, you can simply double tap on it to bring up a menu of word choices. Awesome, right?
Update: Some people are claiming to have seen these new features in previous releases. This is definitely supposed to be an updated build as of 12/3/10, so maybe it’s just a bug fixer? Our Swype update on 11/11 definitely didn’t include these features.
Update 2: And we’re idiots. I guess this was in the previous version.
Update 3: Looks like a bug fixer and a new installer…that’s it. Moving on!
To download the new installer visit: http://beta.swype.com/android/get
Tip: If you run into an error while installing, this post may help fix it.
Were you lucky enough to be one of our many winners for all of our previous Swype contests? Got even more lucky to somehow land yourself into one of the unfilled spots on their primary lists? Remember we leaked there was a update coming? Well the time has come once again for Swype to upgrade. Some much requested features are now available. Speech to Text, Double Tap to Edit, and even some more accuracy issues.
But this also touches another subject that I will hopefully have the chance to touch basis with soon here at Droid-Life. Updates – Whether they be for ROMs, apps, or software in general. Some seem to update constantly, and some quite seldomnly. I am always confused when people say they can’t stand the constant updating. Don’t you want your apps to work correctly? But that’s for a later date.
If you’re on the BETA team for Swype, go get some!
Users with access to the beta can begin downloading the update immediately by pointing their device’s browser tohttp://beta.swype.com/android/get
Check the whole forum post here: Swype Forums.
Keep it coming Swype!
For those of you in the exclusive Swype Beta program, get ready for an update! A source at Swype Inc who has asked to remain anonymous just told Droid Life that a new version of the Swype Beta for Android is going through the last stages of internal QA testing now. If you have an account that’s been accepted to the beta, expect an update to hit your email inbox sometime during the first week of November. The update should resolve the vast majority of – if not all of – the problems with installation, and fix some accuracy issues introduced in the last update. Supposedly there’s more stuff than that in the update, but we couldn’t get a confirmed list.
Update: That is a screenshot from K’s DX, there are no plans that we know of that include a microphone button in this release.
If you were one of our 50 Swype beta invitation winners, then you must read this post to figure out exactly how you can get your account activated and Swype downloaded to your phone! We had some users win that had previously signed up to the beta but were late and didn’t actually make the cut and then we had others who had never signed up before and were added to the system as new users. Each group has a different way of getting this whole thing going.
So here is the deal:
1. If you had previously signed up to the beta, this means that you WILL NOT be receiving an email from Swype with activation info. Instead, your account has been manually activated by the Swype team. All you need to do now is visit http://beta.swype.com, login and click “Resend Activation Email” or go straight to http://beta.swype.com/android/get to download the installer.
2. If you had NOT previously signed up to the beta, this means you WILL receive an email from Swype with activation instructions. In fact, you should have already received it. The key piece here is that you have 24 HOURS to activate your account, so make sure to check your email immediately!
Let us know if you run into any issues!
After just 24 hours and almost 250 entries later, we are ready to announce the 50 Droid Life readers who will be invited into the closed Swype beta program! Swype came to us yesterday realizing that our community is in love with their product and wanted to give back. So here we go!
And the winners (from the forums) are… (more…)