Swype drops the 'beta' tag, available in the Play Store for $0.99
Almost all Android phones have access to some sort of Swype-like keyboard, which allows the user to write words by sliding their finger from letter to letter. However, the pioneer of this typing input itself, Swype, has been available in beta form since its announcement a few years ago. Now, for the first time ever, Swype is finally complete and can be easily downloaded from the Play Store at the reasonable price of $0.99. Keep in mind, though, that this is a limited time offer and the developer is going to raise the price after a while. How much is Swype going to cost then, we don't know.
Even though Swype's functionality is mimicked by a lot of manufacturer-provided and third-party keyboards these days, the original still has some unique features that make worth your while, such as the real-time updating language model, intelligent next word prediction and a smart editor that analyzes your sentences and flags potential mistakes.
If you feel like being classy, you can get the original Swype keyboard from the source link below!
source: Swype via GSMArena
2. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
lmfao... watch them go bankrupt now. I'd say about 10% - 20% of android users would be willing to fork out the $0.99
3. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
yup, android fans should learn to respect the developers and their hard work.
10. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
wouldn't you like for people to pay you, atleast as a sign of appreciation, after all the hard work of making and designing an app?
12. tech2 (Posts: 3143; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
I am not disputing that but the claim 'watch them go bankrupt' is a bit stupid (and I am being respectful). According to him all app developers who charge on PlayStore are bankrupt !?!
and don't even get me started from where did he produce the numbers '10%-20% of users would be willing' !
15. Stuntman (Posts: 830; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
Considering how many Android users there are, 10%-20% is a lot. They should make a lot of money. I paid for mine already.
I have been using SwiftKey for the past few months. In portrait, I use SwiftKey Flow. I decided to get Swype to see how good it is. SwiftKey is still a lot better in portrait and thumb typing. Swype is better when using the trace over gestures to spell out words. I'm going to try Swype for a week exclusively (in portrait only) to see how I like it.
4. Shubham412302 (Posts: 403; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
great to read this news.
also I am writing this post using Swype beta.
will be buying Swype
5. BiN4RY (Posts: 83; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
I honestly did not expect them to be selling Swype, I thought it would remain as a freeware
6. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1166; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
so they swype on symbian on meego is just a beta ? i mean i compared the one on my n9 to the one on his s2 and the one i had was better slightly ?
8. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Ahhh, I love swype, it was one of the best things about android.
9. lhtbinh1909 (Posts: 89; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)
Used it while beta, require 2-step installations and there were 2 'process' 1x hay 4x MB RAM running with SWYPE name.
But it's good in prediction, compared to Swiftkey
11. McLTE (Posts: 804; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Why they chose to stay in beta for SOOOOOOOO long is beyond me. They've been overrun by other choices like swiftkey and others.
Gone from a pioneer to nobody in the keyboard biz.
Having said that.. I might give it a try again considering that I can't stand Swiftkey's horrible prediction.
13. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Love Swype, will definitely buy the app.
14. AJmeBOY (Posts: 34; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
So what is the stock Swype app? Is that a lesser version of the Play Store one? Will the stock Swype not receive updates? I'm confused.
16. jjjsong (Posts: 74; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)
Doesn't google offer a similar solution in jellybean now? I've been using that on my nexus 4 for a while.
I used to use swype but it was only good when you're actually swyping. Individual key ins weren't working so well.
17. TheMan (Posts: 448; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
In the early days, I preferred Shapewriter, the other firm using IBM's patent. They and Swype were both bought by Nuance, who also bought T9, Vlingo, and Dragon (see a pattern?)
Swype will have increased competition with the Galaxy S4 using elements of Swiftkey's product and Google's gesture typing in JB 4.2 (although I don't know if it's homegrown or built upon another firm's work).
Bottom line: I don't expect much of an increase in price.