There’s no denying that the hot Android keyboard of the moment is Swype. Pre-loaded on a handful of devices (Cliq XT, myTouch 3G Slide), it is one of those apps that stays with you. Once you’ve had a chance to use Swype, all other keyboards feel slow and rather vanilla. Fortunately for some, Swype has released a beta of their app to a lucky group of testers. Today sees them announcing a new version of the beta and adding a load of improvements and tweaks.
Below is a list of changes found in this version of Swype beta. Some are going to be more noticeable than others. Take for instance the automatic apostrophe insertion for words like won’t, don’t, and wasn’t. Personally, I am very glad to see that make the list. Others, like bug fixes are generally hidden from plain sight.
- Added better context sensitivity for the “magic button” (go/search/enter/smiley)
- Added automatic apostrophe insertion for contractions (e.g. won’t, don’t, wasn’t, etc)
- Added the Italian language dictionary
- Improved sensing of field type to prevent the display and addition of passwords to the UDB (user dictionary)
- Improved suppression of auto-spacing in fields such as URLs and email addresses
- Updated the built-in dictionary to include several common words that were previously missing
- Rewrote some settings descriptions to be more clear on their functionality
- Fixed licensing issue causing “Limited Functionality” errors when rebooting devices running Android 2.0 and later
- Fixed licensing issue causing some users to receive an “Incorrect ID” error when installing Swype
- Fixed a bug where manually typing some words with word-prediction enabled would cause Swype to crash
- Fixed a bug which caused some words added to the UDB to erroneously override other words when word-prediction is enabled
- Many other minor bug fixes!
Hopefully we’ll be seeing swype come out of beta and released as a standalone app/keyboard replacement. How much would you be willing to pay for swype on your phone?