Swype for Android

THERE HAS BEEN COMPLAINTS about the Android phone's touchscreen. Allegedly, it is slow to respond from typing to scrolling in the browser. Guess what, there is an alternative to the stock Android keyboard - Swype.

SwypeWith Swype, users can input text faster and easier, using only one continuous finger or stylus motion across the touchscreen keyboard. The application is designed to work across a variety of devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, virtual screens and more.

To download Swype for Android, click here. There's a pull though, the unofficial release does work only on several screen sizes which aren't listed yet.

Download Swype for Android Beta [via MobileCrunch]
  • Download and install the Astro file manager from the Android Marketplace [if you're browsing from an Android phone, click here]
  • Download this zip file
  • Unzip that file, which will give you a file called “[mfhs]Swype-SwypeReference-WVGA854-trial-release.0.35.3959.apk”
  • Copy the APK file to your handset’s SD card
  • On your Android handset, go to Settings > Applications > and check the box next to Unknown Sources
  • Use Astro to browse for the apk file on your SD card, install it.
  • Go to Settings > Language and Keyboard. Enable the Swype keyboard.
  • You should now be able to switch between the standard keyboard and the Swype keyboard by tapping-and-holding on any text input field.
The official software release is available for Swype Android Phone at T-Mobile and HTC and for smartphones from Swype partners such as Nokia and Samsung among others. See the news source here.

Swype Presentation at TechCrunch50

Here is a demo video by TechCrunch which shows how fast can a Samsung Omnia II user Swype than an iPhone user type on the keyboard.