Published On: Thu, Jan 10th, 2013

Swype

“The razor-toothed piranhas of genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”

The above sentence was written in 35.54 seconds, recording history in the Guinness Book of World Records. How was this possible? This was done with the help of Swype, a typing system introduced on Android devices and smartphones.

Swype

Swype is a new texting input method which was first featured on Symbian phones developed by Nokia. But developers of the Swype app introduced it on other platforms as well, including Android OS. The app supports English and also Italian and Spanish. Swype is a third-party app allowing users to type words by tracing the path of the letters to make an entire word.  This is done in comparison of hitting individual buttons to make an entire word. What’s more convenient? It makes the experience a lot easier and less time-consuming. The development team claims you can increase your speed by 30% and type nearly 50 words per minute. The technology behind Swype basically uses a word-matching database and algorithm to match and predict the word you’re trying to write.

Swype should, undoubtedly, run great but you should visit the Swype website and download the beta. Make sure your device allows you to download apps form third-party sources but it is now available on the Play Store as well.

Initially, people experienced many bugs when they tried to install the beta but then the Swype beta was re-released after the bugs were fixed and enhancements were introduced to their database.

Currently, Swype comes pre-loaded in many Androids. This step was taken at first because it was hardly available anywhere. The app is a great, generally, introducing users with a new way to enter text. It’s easy to learn but it may take time to get adjusted to the whole concept. It’s accurate just as it is fast that is, once you’re fully accustomed to it. Learning Swype is a new experience so it’ll require some time.

Swype is more accurate than tapping every letter individually on your virtual keyboard. The main foal behind Swype’s development was to implement a new system in touchscreen devices. There aren’t worthy competitors to Swype at the moment so the developers behind Swype can relax for the time being.

Have you used Swype? What’s your take on the app?

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