After years of betas and hacks from custom ROMs, the first officially licensed version of the alternative Swype keyboard for Android is now available for all Android devices from FroYo on up for a special launch price of 0.99¢ for a limited time.
Previous to this version being made available, the Swype keyboard was an exclusive preloaded keyboard option for selected devices that was not available for all Android users unless devices were rooted and ran custom ROMs which were usually preloaded with the Swype keyboard, sourced from other stock ROMs.
The alternative keyboard now features the following capabilities to celebrate the official release:
SWYPE LIVING LANGUAGE & HOTWORDS keeps you always up to date with a real-time, crowd-sourced and news derived language model that gives you immediate access to our continuously updated language dictionary. Imagine having instant access to the hottest the words and phrases that people are using at that moment. Swype’s Living Language will also further localize your dictionary with an additional dialect supplement for your preferred language. (Opt-in feature)
NEXT WORD PREDICTION is so intelligent its like Swype can (almost read) read your mind. The most powerful personal language model on the market trains your device to learn your unique vocabulary and predict your words based on previous usage. Swype also has the most extensive phrase and sentence based prediction model out there, which means we can predict words in commonly used long phrases like “Best of the Best,” “Nail on the head”, “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and “Dancing with the Stars.”
PERSONAL DICTIONARY BACKUP & SYNC makes it so your personal language model and dictionary are automatically backed up and sync’d across all your Android devices. (Opt-in feature)
DRAGON DICTATION’S world-renowned voice recognition lets you go hands free and turns your voice in to text quickly and accurately with a simple press of the Dragon key. Available in 36 languages.
SMART EDITOR analyzes an entire sentence, flagging potential errors for a quick fix, and includes suggestions for the most likely alternatives.
Even more personalized and intelligent Swype features:
• Multi-modal: Swype, Type, Write, Speak
• Dragon Mobile Assistant: Dragon Mobile Assistant now integrates into the Swype keyboard! If you have both apps on your Android you can quickly launch Dragon’s hands-free and always-available mobile assistant directly from the Swype keyboard with one easy gesture. Just Swype from the Swype Key to the Dragon flame short cut on your keyboard and Dragon’s Jarvis-like assistant is at your command! Available with Swype version 1.5 and Dragon Mobile Assistant version 3.1 and above.
• Unique Tablet Keyboards: No need to download a separate application for your tablet. Swype includes three tablet modes to choose from, including: the original Swype keyboard, a small and moveable keyboard, and a split keyboard for easy tablet input.
• Smart Touch: Swype learns your unique style of input and continuously evolves and adapts to your typing patterns for a truly personalized keyboard experience.
• Language Downloads: Swype supports over 60 downloadable languages.
• Keyboard Themes: With a wide variety of themes to choose from, you can personalize the look of your Swype keyboard to one that is all your own.
• Voice & Text Dictionary Sync: New words added to your Swype keyboard personal dictionary are synced across all input methods, which means that you can easily Swype, type or Dragon dictate that new word.
• Gestures: Because sometimes you just want a fast shortcut for everyday tasks like: capitalization, punctuation and text editing (such as Select All, Copy, Paste – and, even language switching).