Swype: Fast Text Input for Android


For me, the main drawback of switching to an Android phone was not having a physical keyboard any more. Typing on the touch screen keyboard is infuriatingly slow and error-prone, even if you use the word-suggestion feature. (It isn’t very smart, offering word suggestions not in order of how frequent each word is in everyday text, but in alphabetical order.)

But now it seems I’ve found the solution, that allows me to type fast in English and a few other large languages. Swype is an input method where you write each word by drawing a continuous line on the soft keyboard from key to key. When you lift your finger from the screen, Swype figures out what word you meant. Fast! The image above shows somebody writing the word “quick”. If Swype gets confused it offers word suggestions. You don’t even need to press space between words. Check it out!

Via Paddy K.

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  1. #1 Ray Ingles
    June 22, 2010

    The soft keyboard is fine for quick texts and such, but I got the Droid specifically for the hardware keyboard.

    I still plan on hacking the hardware keyboard handling a bit, though.

  2. #2 harry
    June 23, 2010

    The concept is fantastic it was successfully implemented many months ago with a product called SlideIT for Windows Mobile Android and Symbian.

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