April 24, 2013
1.6.20 (November 19, 2014) [±]
|Operating system||Android (2.2 and later)
iOS (version 8.0 and later)
|Type||Virtual keyboard, Speech recognition software|
Swype is a virtual keyboard for touchscreen smartphones and tablets originally developed by Swype Inc. where the user enters words by sliding a finger or stylus from the first letter of a word to its last letter, lifting only between words. It uses error-correction algorithms and a language model to guess the intended word. It also includes a predictive text system, handwriting and speech recognition support. Swype was first commercially available on the Samsung Omnia II running Windows Mobile, and was originally pre-loaded on specific devices.
Swype consists of three major components that contribute to its accuracy and speed: an input path analyzer, word search engine with corresponding database, and a manufacturer customizable interface.
The creators of Swype predict that users will achieve over 50 words per minute, with the chief technical officer (CTO) and founder Cliff Kushler claiming to have reached 55 words per minute. On 22 March 2010, a Swype employee by the name of Franklin Page achieved a new Guinness World Record of 35.54 seconds for the fastest text message on a touchscreen mobile phone using Swype on the Samsung Omnia II, and reportedly improved on 22 August of the same year to 25.94 using a Samsung Galaxy S. The Guinness world record text message consists of 160 characters in 25 words and was at that time typed in 25.94 seconds, which corresponds to a speed of nearly 58 words per minute, or 370 characters per minute but has since been bettered by the Fleksy app on an Android phone to 18.19 seconds in 2014.
As of April 2013, Swype supports the following languages:
Swype is currently actively developed for Android. Hence, most of the following features are only available on Android.
- Living Language
- Swype crowdsources trending words and automatically adds them to user's dictionary.
- Personal Language Model
- Swype, using AI and language models, creates a database of user's frequently used words and predicts a next word.
- Backup & Sync
- Swype makes backups of user's dictionary and syncs them over multiple devices.
- Smart Editor
- Similar to Personal Language Model, Swype examines words used in a sentence and determines if another previously suggested word makes more sense. The accuracy of this feature improves by usage.
- Smart Reselect
- When user reselect a previously entered word, Swype checks the word before and after the reselected one and gives suggestions based on them.
- Smart Touch
- Swype error-corrects user input. For example, if user usually mistaps on H and wants G instead, Swype can auto-correct it.
- Voice/Text Dictionary Sync
- Swype syncs between text dictionary and Dragon Dictation's voice dictionary.
- Swype for Tablets
- Swype supports smartphones and tablets. Both in the same application rather than split apps for either devices on Android.
- Language Downloads
- The users are capable of downloading and selecting the languages they use.
- Four-in-One Keyboard
- Swype supports four different types of input. Path-tracing, typing, writing and speaking.
- Keyboard Themes
- Swype gives the user the choice of changing interface layout using different themes.
- Users can capitalize, punctuate, select all text, copy & paste and switch languages using gesture shortcuts.
- Dragon Mobile Assistant
- Swype supports integration with Nuance Dragon Mobile Assistant application on Android.
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Swype currently ships on the Samsung Omnia II, Nokia N9, Nokia N950, Samsung wave s8500, Motorola CLIQ, Motorola CLIQ XT, Motorola DEFY, Motorola Atrix 4G, HTC HD2 (T-Mobile USA version,) T-Mobile G2, T-Mobile MyTouch 3G 3.5 mm Jack and myTouch Slide 3G (the latter both by T-Mobile USA). The most recent additions include the Samsung Galaxy S GT-i9000 and Nokia C7, as well as the Samsung Droid Charge and the Samsung Stratosphere. Swype has also recently become available for Windows 7 based tablets from certain manufacturers, including HP and ViewSonic.
The software's developer, Swype, Inc. is planning to market the software to other mobile device makers and expects a widespread adoption of the software among touch-based mobile devices.
On June 16, 2010, Swype opened a public beta for the Android operating system. The Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Note, Motorola Droid X, Motorola i1, and Motorola Droid 2 Android-based smartphones come with Swype pre-installed.
Swype is available for the Symbian platform S60 5th edition devices e.g. the Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic, Nokia 5230, Nokia N97 original and mini, Nokia C6-00, and the Nokia X6. Swype was released for Symbian^3 on October 16, 2010. It is available on the Ovi store.
On November 27, 2012, the Symbian versions of Swype beta v2 stopped working due to a software error. A fix was implemented on January 11, 2013. The Swype v1 for Symbian was not affected by the error.
Swype exited beta in 2013 and became available for download via Google Play on April 24, 2013. On June 2, 2014 Swype confirmed that they would be making a version of their keyboard for iOS 8, as it now supports third party keyboards.
Swype is similar in concept to SwiftKey Flow, SwipeIt, SlideIT, TouchPal, ShapeWriter, Multiling O Keyboard, Sony Gesture Input, and Android 4.2 Gesture typing, all of which also involve tracing a path over letters on a virtual keyboard. A little different approach yet still similar in concept is MessagEase.
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