Swype

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Swype
Swype logo.png
Developer(s)Nuance
Initial releaseApril 24, 2013 (2013-04-24)
Stable release
Android
1.6.20 (November 19, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-11-19)[1]) [±]
Operating systemAndroid 2.2 and later, Bada, MeeGo, Symbian, Windows 7, Windows Mobile, iOS 8 and later
TypeVirtual keyboard, speech recognition
LicenseProprietary
Websitewww.swype.com Edit this on Wikidata

Swype was a virtual keyboard for touchscreen smartphones and tablets originally developed by Swype Inc.,[2] founded in 2002, 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.[3] 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,[4] and was originally pre-loaded on specific devices.

In October 2011, Swype Inc. was acquired by Nuance Communications where the company continued its development and implemented its speech recognition algorithm, Dragon Dictation.[5]

In February 2018, Nuance announced that it had stopped development on the app and that no further updates will be made to it.[6] The Android app was pulled from the Play Store. The iOS app was also pulled from the App Store. The trial version of Swype is not visible anymore for users in Play Store except users who have installed the app by accessing it in the installed apps part of the Play Store. Cloud features of the paid version such as "Backup&Sync" no longer function, and Nuance Communications has refused to issue refunds to customers who have purchased the app and can no longer reinstall it.

Users have to use Aptoide to download the full version of Swype.

Software[edit]

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.[3]

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.[7][8] 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 i8000,[9][10] and reportedly improved on 22 August of the same year to 25.94 using a Samsung Galaxy S.[11] 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. However, it has since been bettered by the Fleksy app on an Android phone to 18.19 seconds in 2014.[12]

As of March 2018, Swype supports the following languages:[13]

Keyboard Handwriting Dragon Dictation
Afrikaans checkY checkY ☒N
Albanian checkY ☒N ☒N
Arabic checkY checkY checkY
Armenian checkY ☒N ☒N
Azerbaijani checkY ☒N ☒N
Basque checkY checkY ☒N
Belarusian checkY ☒N ☒N
Bosnian checkY ☒N ☒N
Bulgarian checkY checkY ☒N
Burmese checkY ☒N ☒N
Burmese (Zawgyi font) checkY ☒N ☒N
Catalan checkY checkY checkY
Chinese (CN, TW, HK) checkY checkY checkY
Croatian checkY checkY checkY
Czech checkY checkY checkY
Danish checkY checkY checkY
Dutch (BE) checkY checkY checkY
Dutch checkY checkY checkY
English checkY checkY checkY
English (US) checkY checkY checkY
Estonian checkY checkY ☒N
Farsi checkY checkY ☒N
Finnish checkY checkY checkY
French (FR, CA, CH) checkY checkY checkY
Galician checkY checkY ☒N
Georgian checkY checkY ☒N
German checkY checkY checkY
German (CH) checkY checkY ☒N
Greek checkY checkY checkY
Gujarati checkY ☒N ☒N
Hebrew checkY checkY checkY
Hindi checkY ☒N checkY
Hinglish checkY ☒N checkY
Hungarian checkY checkY checkY
Icelandic checkY checkY ☒N
Indonesian checkY checkY checkY
Irish checkY ☒N ☒N
Italian checkY checkY checkY
Italian (CH) checkY checkY ☒N
Japanese checkY checkY checkY
Javanese checkY ☒N ☒N
Kannada checkY ☒N ☒N
Kazakh checkY ☒N ☒N
Khmer checkY ☒N ☒N
Korean checkY checkY checkY
Latvian checkY checkY ☒N
Lithuanian checkY checkY ☒N
Macedonian checkY ☒N ☒N
Malay checkY checkY checkY
Malayalam checkY ☒N ☒N
Marathi checkY ☒N ☒N
Norwegian checkY checkY checkY
Polish checkY checkY checkY
Portuguese (BR, PT) checkY checkY checkY
Romanian checkY checkY checkY
Russian checkY checkY checkY
Serbian checkY checkY ☒N
Sesotho checkY ☒N ☒N
Sinhala checkY ☒N ☒N
Slovak checkY checkY checkY
Slovenian checkY checkY ☒N
Spanish checkY checkY checkY
Sundanese checkY ☒N ☒N
Swahili checkY checkY ☒N
Swedish checkY checkY checkY
Tagalog checkY checkY ☒N
Tamil checkY ☒N ☒N
Telugu checkY ☒N ☒N
Thai checkY checkY checkY
Turkish checkY checkY checkY
Ukrainian checkY checkY checkY
Urdu checkY checkY ☒N
Vietnamese checkY ☒N checkY
Xhosa checkY ☒N ☒N
Zulu checkY ☒N ☒N

Swype was listed among Time (magazine)'s 50 Best Android Applications for 2013.[14]

Availability[edit]

In February 2018, the Android app was pulled from the Play Store. The iOS app was also pulled from the App Store.

Starting from 2018, users have to use Aptoide to download the full version of Swype.

In late February 2018, the full version of Swype was discontinued. The trial version of Swype is hidden from the Play Store and App Store. The Swype website was also discontinued and has become a redirect page to XT9 Smart Input.

In a statement emailed to The Verge, Nuance Communications said it would discontinue support of the Swype keyboard app and instead focus on other products. "The core technology behind Swype will continue to be utilized and improved upon across other Nuance offerings—and integrated into our broader AI-powered solutions—most notably in Android-based keyboard solutions for our automotive customers," the company said.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swype - Android Apps on Google Play". Retrieved 23 Jan 2014.
  2. ^ "Swype Home Page". SwypeInc.com. Archived from the original on 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  3. ^ a b "Swype product page". SwypeInc.com. Archived from the original on 2010-10-04. Retrieved 2011-10-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "First Swype-enabled smartphone coming to Verizon in the Omnia II". Geek.com. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2012-04-03. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Arrington, Michael (2011-10-06). "Nuance To Acquire Swype For $100+ Million « Uncrunched". Uncrunched.com. Retrieved 2011-10-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Swype Keyboard now discontinued". GSM Arena. February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Tech Crunch 50 Swype Presentation". Blip.tv. Archived from the original on 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  8. ^ Rafe Needleman, Move over T9, here comes Swype, CNet News, 9 September 2008
  9. ^ "Samsung Mobile And Swype Set New Guinness World Record" (Press release). Samsung USA. March 22, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Swype user sets Guinness World Record for texting speed" (Press release). TechCrunch. March 22, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Salford woman makes bid for fastest text title". BBC News. August 24, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Teen Breaks Record for Fastest Text". CNN News. May 15, 2014. Retrieved April 26, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Swype | Supported Languages". Retrieved 24 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Jared Newman (2013-07-01). "50 Best Android Apps for 2013". Time. Retrieved June 30, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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