Swype – Text Input for Touch Screens
Well I have Touch Guy to thank for today’s topic: Swype
No longer will we twype type. Now we will Swype! It is still in beta testing, but once you and your phone get the hang of it, it’s pretty cool and definitely has the potential to speed up texting (like teens these days need any help with that…). And now that I’m back to texting on my iPhone (no Swype for iPhone yet) I’m realizing that Swype is easier on my thumbs too.
Anyways, Swype runs on the Android platform and is intended to shorten text input times (good for all the slow texters or typers out there, aka Tech Girl’s mom) and says it can do over 40 words per minute on touch screen devices. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the touch screen keyboard, the technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods and is designed to work on a variety of devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, TVs, virtual screens and more. Swype is a pretty intelligent program and doesn’t require a lot of accuracies which allows for very rapid entry.
My coworker, Super Tech Geeky Girl, likes Swype but has discovered that it is difficult to Swype with one hand, which may potentially hinder her texting while driving. Hmm… We both found that Swype has a hard time determining words with double letters (like the word “letter”), but Swype seems to have the ability to learn new words, so hopefully, this challenge will diminish over time.
Swype is being installed on all sorts of new Android devices and I do think it’s the future of twyping. I have seen the future and it looks a lot like Swype.
Wanna know more about Swype? Visit their website.
Have you used Swype? What did you think? Let me know!