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Swype beta updated with crowd-sourced autocorrect, called Living Language

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Swype beta updated with crowd-sourced autocorrect, called Living Language
Swype hasn't been in the news much recently, and the gesture keyboard space has been dominated by news about Google adding it to Android 4.2 and SwiftKey's new Flow beta, but today Swype announced an update that keeps it as a serious competitor in the alternative keyboard market. The big announcement today was that Swype beta has been updated with an opt-in feature, which will allow you to contribute to, and get suggestions from a crowd-sourced autocorrect database, called Living Language.

The new Living Language dictionary will learn in real-time by crowd-sourcing new words and phrases, which will then appear as suggestions while you are typing. The suggestions will show words and phrases that are trending with other Swype users. We expect this to be a quite valuable addition, but of course, we would be remiss if we didn't remind people that this could be the target of a type of "Google bomb" or in this case "Swype bomb", wherein a group of users could start typing a certain word or phrase to see if they can game the suggestion algorithm. We will obviously let you know if we hear of anything like that. 

The new update to Swype also includes the Smart Editor, which will scan full sentences for potential errors. The details on this are thin, and just say that it will suggest fixes based on context, and doesn't mention if grammar will be taken into account. 

If you want the update, head to the source.

source: Swype via Droid Life
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posted on 08 Jan 2013, 02:28

1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

Once you learn to swype, you'll love it... And I taught my phone slang, cos i was in a gang.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 03:21

2. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Great. Crowd-sourced misspellings. I'm a fan of Swype, even with its shortcomings, but this won't improve accuracy. Thankfully, this is an opt-in feature.

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