Swype keyboard is expected to grace 10 million handsets by the end of the year

Swype keyboard is expected to grace 10 million handsets by the end of the year
For those who detest it, news about Swype's fortunes will come as a blow. Conversely for those who adore the non-traditional text input method, they can rejoice in knowing that more handsets are expected to make the Swype keyboard their default choice. The company responsible for Swype intends to speed things up for the hasty text inputting method as they have the expectation to pack it on to about 10 million smartphones before the year is up. That's a considerable goal especially now that the company is planning on deploying it in markets like Asia, Europe, and South America. Swype's Chief Executive Officer, Mike McSherry, is glad to know that there are six smartphones right now that currently offer Swype with another 14 models being added later in the year. He went on to say, “We want to be the default keyboard for every screen. We've got a number of major deployments coming up.” Interestingly enough, McSherry did approach Apple on bring Swype on-board the iPhone as they were initially impressed with the technology. Their position soon changed and expressed “disappointment” later when it was made known that Swype was going to be licensed to other phone manufacturers. There's no doubt that Swype can be extremely useful for some people out there, but it definitely requires a bit of time getting adjusted to it.

source: Business Week

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16 Comments

1. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

meh..there is an app with swype for the iphone..meh..nothing special really

2. JDTheMatrix

Posts: 7; Member since: May 03, 2010

meh... you are a tool

12. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

Seriously jcrow I swear you say things to make yourself sound stupid. All the Verizon posts I see your dumb name with some stupid comment that isn't even smart nor helpful to anyone. Your an annoying iphone fanboy. And you go to such an extent to make a comment, you dont even care that you sound dumb saying it. You make yourself and the iphone users look bad with your ill educated comments that only make readers give you a -1... (I have never seen a comment you made get above -2..) Your like a tuner race car driver.. You get the POS civic (IPHONE) that every other jock duche bag is driving.Now don't get me wrong I have seen some fast civics and yes the iphone in this case is a civic meaning everyone has one. Anyway your the kid who has a body kit and exhaust on it nothing else. Then someone with a Camaro comes along and stomps the crap out of your car in a race.. So you go back to the pits and someone that actually has a race ready civic comes along and tells you this is whats he thinks you need to hear EXAMPLE Luke Wilson from your comment about GSM talk on phone while i surf BS.. Then being a civic fanboy (IPHONE) you come up to the guy with the Camaro and make a comment like "My car is better cause it has vtech." After the guy with the camaro states he added a super chip to someone else with a Camaro not even in the same catagory as your car and not intended for you at all... This is basically an anlogy of what your comment seems like to this post. With a car you have endless possibilities with it, much like a phone. But when you don't know shit and make stupid comintary about a car/ network you don't even have, you just make yourself look dumb and you give Iphone fanboys a bad name. So for their sake shut the hell up..

13. dongdou

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 18, 2009

I agree. I hate reading his comments they make me feel bad for his mom. Give your mom a early mothers day gift and stop making it look like she raised an idiot.

19. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

I'm sure it was directed at me hence my name in there. And ill agree to disagree. But you are not understanding my one poine. The fact is he comes in with dumb meaningless things such as this comment where it isn't the same thing on his phone. Second go read the comment he made in the incrdible sw update and tell me he doesn't give fanboys such as yourself a bad name.

3. saneok

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

the beta ended! its not on the android market anymore. does anybody know how else I can get it?

4. xmguy1

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 04, 2009

Same here. I could use it on my Droid.

5. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

::: cough ::: ecks-dee-ay ::: cough :::

8. ajmoore88

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 13, 2008

never knew it was even on the market in beta form. I got mine from a link posted on PA if I remember correctly

11. joshbroton

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 15, 2010

droid-life.com has it in it's download section.

20. saneok

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

@joshbroton Thank you very much!

6. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Swype is probably the best keyboard I have ever used on a phone. Some of my coworkers thought it was stupid.. "how can it be faster than a real keyboard?" they say. I was talking to them (not full speed, mind you, but decently fast) and typing what i was saying at the same time, then showed it to them... needless to say, they were all looking the keyboard at swypeinc.com. They need to just make it an app for the markets... sell it for the same price, if not more than, the price they charge for licenses to manufactuers. I, for one, would gladly pay the 9.99-14.99 price range for the keyboard as long as I could take the license with me to my next device. I have the incredible now (loving it!), but am loyal and prefer microsoft products and want an WP7 device when it launches. If i could pay 15-20 bucks for a double license... I would snatch that up immediately. I am sure that anyone that truly uses it and gets used to it will agree. For all you haters, you are also the same people that thought T9 was dumb and prefer your archaic and inefficent multi-tap method on the 12 button phones. Try it for real, like legitimately for week and you will more than likely agree with me. The keyboard is brilliant.

10. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

+1 There is a reason Apple is disappointed that it is being offered to other platforms, it is as sexy as anything on the iPhone and the incumbent will lose some of its cache with Swype going to other phones. Having said that, I am mainly focused on usability and agree with you Kilt; incredible functionalality and will be adopted as a standard that we can't imagine that could have ever done without. Not interested in hearing that there are other Swype like solutions or that Swype was 3rd to the market with this idea. Swype, Inc. owns the space and I can't wait to see it proliferate so that it can be on my next phone: whatever is the most monster WP7 device available from Sprint in a year.

7. warhed

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 07, 2010

I have the beta saved on my sd card for my droid. Not too crazy about it though. Like smart keyboard pro WAY BETTER...

9. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

just get shapewriter for android...works just as well...maybe better...and its free...

21. mojimco

Posts: 1; Member since: May 05, 2010

I agree that Swype is the best keyboard around. Once you get used to it, it is much faster than other input methods. It is not hard to get used to, at least for me it wasn't. I also think the Android System is excellent. Very user-friendly....Give Swype a try....

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