Swype, upon release, has been a popular alternative to the simple tap to type. With its patented sliding and recognition technology, your simple swipe of a finger through the letters of the word you're spelling out will spell out the word you desire. According to the Swype website, this software has been deployed to over 26 million phones in 50+ countries. The entire list comprises of Android and Windows OS phones; the iOS community was left out. Swype has promised beta testing for iOS however restrictions by Apple have made it difficult. Andrew Liu (@WyndWarrior) decided that the community couldn't wait any longer and decided to port Swype to iOS.
It's currently in its early beta stages but seems to work well. Andrew has confirmed that there are some limitations however he is working to fix them:
- The Swype beta does not work in AppStore applications or Cydia (only in stock iOS currently - he is looking to fix it today)
- No blue line to indicate where you are swiping
I can not confirm what devices/firmwares are supported (I'm currently on iOS 5 Beta 2 and it works fine) so test at your own risk. You can have access to Swype beta in the following ways:
(1.) Add this repository: wynd.x10.mx (includes http:// in front)
(2.) Download from mediafire: Swype Beta (v0.1.0)
Follow Andrew Liu (@WyndWarrior) on Twitter to keep up to date on the progress with the Swype Beta for iOS.
UPDATE: After speaking briefly with Brian Resnik - Community Relations Specialist from Swype, here are clarifications made by him on behalf of Swype in regards to this recently released beta application:
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