Swype beta 1.4 adds crowdsourcing to text input for Android devices

Swype beta 1.4 adds crowdsourcing to text input for Android devices

Summary: There are plenty of text input methods for Android devices and developers keep pushing to make text entry efficient and simple for the end user.

TOPICS: Mobility, Android, Google
Swype beta 1.4 adds crowdsourcing to text input for Android devices

I've gone back to using the HTC Droid DNA on Verizon because I find the hardward design to be very compelling and the display is the best I have ever seen on a smartphone. Another reason I like the Android platform is keyboards that are optimized for efficiency and one of my favorites is Swype from Nuance. They just released a new beta that includes their Swype Living Language technology. This is a crowdsourced capability that analyzes words and phrases in real-time with dynamic dictionaries.

You can sign up for beta testing for free and try out the latest version with Living Language and Smart Editor. Living Language does require you to opt-in to the service since it is based on crowdsourcing and needs you to share your language as well as collecting it from others.

Smart Editor is also another new feature that examines words in your sentence to see if another previous suggested word makes more sense. I look forward to trying out Smart Editor to see if it helps with efficiency or detracts from the overall text input experience.

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Topics: Mobility, Android, Google

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  • Swype is Android's killer feature

    Yeah, it is that good.

    That being said, I'm very impressed with the predictive abilities of WP8 on my Nokia Lumia 920. I am more often than not able to type entire text messages without having to key in more than 1 or 2 letters of any word. 20% of the time, I don't even have to enter a letter at all, the right word has already been suggested.

    Still, I would rank Swype as the #1 smartphone keyboard out there. WP8 has the #2 keyboard. BlackBerry's physical keyboards are #3. The morse code telegraph machine is #4. ios is #5.
    • lol

      And you are still typing instead just speaking what you want to write?
      And you really need to go to do marketing for Nokia by promoting that Windows Phone 8 keyboard would be awesome only because you have 920. Just drop the whole Nokia marketing and you would be at least somewhat more objective instead Nokia+MS bitch.

      And clearly you have not used any other virtual keyboards what blows Windows Phone 8 keyboard out of the water.
      • The written word is still king

        I've yet to see a voice interpreter that works well. That and revision is better done with a keyboard than by speaking.
        John L. Ries
      • try

        Try using voice during a concert or at church or any other time where there is too much noise or no noise should be made but you still have to communicate.
  • Just wondering Matt...

    ... are you a thumb typist or do you hold the phone with one hand and type with the other?
    I found swype to be akward when thumb typing.
    The other thing that creeps me out a bit is this crowdsourcing thing. Do we really need another database tracking our every word? How do you feel about that?
    • Huh?

      I can agree that we do not need new database at all. All passwords, addresses etc goes there as well. But same thing is happening with Windows Phone phones as well, they collect everything and then send information to Microsoft what improves their keyboard functions for next version. Is it anonymous? I hope and believe. Is it secure? I wish but I doubt.

      Still best way is to do that locally from user usage, grep the actual data from input and generate from it. That is already be done from multiple virtual keyboards and some can be even trained quickly by typing few sentences in training mode so it can see quickly how you type.
      • Swype and passwords

        Swype does *not* store passwords. It won't even predict them when swyping.
    • Huh?

      "I found swype to be akward when thumb typing."

      Of course you did. Swype is based on one continuous motion among the keys. That means one digit sliding from key to key, not separate taps on different keys.