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Swype for Android gets an updated beta, can dance Gangnam style

Gets a personalised dictionary and is quicker to learn
Thu Oct 18 2012, 11:54
The Swype keyboard

MOBILE KEYBOARD Swype has a beta release out with more features.

Swype, which is sold by Nuance Communications, is a virtual keyboard that lets you type faster than you might otherwise be able to by swiping your finger over letters to form words.

The updated beta, available at, has more personalised features, and will update its dictionary automatically with what it calls "hotwords", which might described as keywords or trending terms. Nuance said that an example of this would be (*shudder*) "Gangnam Style".

Users will be able to carry their own dictionaries with them as well as their keyboard settings and preferred layout.

"Swype has proven that Android users love choice and flexibility as part of their user experience," said Nuance Mobile EVP and GM Michael Thompson.

"Swype has truly embraced a multimodal, personalised keyboard that learns and adapts to each user's preference. And with the ability to carry that experience across Android devices, pick your keyboard layout, automatically stay up on key trends and hotwords, Swype is by far the most customisable keyboard on the market."

Users can back up their dictionaries, according to Nuance, and can store things like nicknames and colloquialisms in their dictionaries, thus avoiding having to correct them each time they get automatically corrected. µ


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