If there is one app that makes a huge difference in the usability of touchscreen phones, its Swype, the input method that lets you swype words in, instead of having to resort to the the slower traditional pecking method. The brand new version of Swype 2.0 is now available for Symbian devices at the Nokia Beta Labs.
The update is available for older Symbian 5th Edition devices, Symbian^3 users who haven’t updates to Anna yet and Anna users. There is no special build for Symbian Belle yet, but I’m glad to inform you that the Symbian Anna version seems to work just fine on my N8 running Belle. Infact, the screenshot on the side was taken on that same device.
The Swype 2.0 update brings:
Portrait and split-screen support for devices with Symbian Anna
Cutting-edge predictive tap auto-correction engine
30 downloadable language dictionaries
Many incremental UX changes based on Nokia and Android Beta Labs feedback
Hundreds of bug fixes.
You can head over to this page and download it for yourself, if you have Swype from the Ovi Store installed, its best to uninstall that version before updating to the beta.
PS: With Nokia being a shareholder in Swype, I hope they are working on a Windows phone version as well.
Swype is an alternate text entry system that makes makes entering words on a touch based device ridiculously easy. You no longer need to be accurate when you hit the screen and all you do is ‘swype’ across the on-screen keyboard with one continuous finger or stylus motion and the software accurately guesses the word you were wanting to enter. I have been using Swype on the Galaxy S, for over a month now and I am incredibly glad to see this application come to Symbian.
The best part about Swype is that it learns new words very easily, automatically picks up names from your phonebook and also remembers the words that you have typed manually so that you can just Swype them next time. For times when you do not want to Sywpe, you can use the very same keyboard as a regular QWERTY keyboard. The following video from the Nokia Beta labs team should help explain Swype even more.
Swype is currently available on the Nokia N97, N97mini, X6, 5800, and 5230 with support for more devices expected soon. Do keep in mind that there is a very brief learning curve when you first start Swyping, so persist before you give up. This bunch of support videos should also help you get started.
Standard QWERTY keyboard layout makes Swype easy to learn
Use a stylus or finger – Swype’s amazing input path analyzer allows you to go fast and sloppy. Just make a reasonable effort to trace through the word and Swype will do the rest
Double Tap Editing – Make a mistake? Double tap on a word to bring up a list of other possible matches.
Auto Spelling Correction
Automatic Help – Swype detects when you may be having trouble or might benefit from a particular feature and prompts you with helpful tips and instructions
Instant access to Symbols, Numbers and Editing functions
65,000-word Learning Dictionary – Chances are the word you are typing is already in the Swype dictionary. If it isn’t, just tap it out once followed by a space and Swype will remember it for future use.