Swype Celebrates Successes

One of the hottest soft keyboards available for Android, Swype, is less than a year old, but it has plenty going for it.  We just received an email from Swype’s PR company which was full of milestones and accomplishments.  No longer a secret beta project known only to Android insiders, Swype has become a favorite pre-loaded keyboard option.  We’ve pasted some of their feats over the last year.  Find them after the break!Behold the impressive list:

  • 20 devices launched/announced across 50 countries including marquee handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid, and the T-Mobile G2 by HTC
  • Expanded device portfolio to tablets premiering with the Samsung Galaxy Tab launching globally this year with multiple carriers
  • Swype was preloaded on eight out of the last 12 Android device launches in the US
  • Support for over 40 languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Malay, Russian, Finnish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Serbian, Czech, Greek, Polish, Indonesian, Norwegian, Icelandic, Chinese, Japanese and Turkish among others
  • $6.6 million in funding to date from Nokia Growth Partners, Samsung Ventures and DOCOMO Capital Inc, with 2% of the company set aside to fund disability research
  • And of course… two “World Records” set for the fastest text message on a touch screen mobile phone
  • Yeah. Launching on 20 devices and 8 out of 12 is all fine and super.
    But they are neglecting many more users who adopted Android such a long time ago.

    I’m a lucky beta user who got in before the cut, but am the only fortunate one out of all my dozens of Android friends with a legitimate copy of Swype 🙁 Everyone one else is forced to find alternative apps or old working apks that that work (until it trials out).

    I wish they would revise their strategy and help them too. I’m sure they total in the millions?! Or at least several hundred thousand.

    • Josh

      I agree, I am also one of the lucky ones who got in on the swype beta early, but as I’ve convinced my friends to embrace android, they all want swype on their phones when they get one and it’s becoming more and more difficult for me to provide them with it. Honestly I don’t even mind having to pursue less than legal means to get it installed for them because I consider it a shortcoming of swype as a company that they have a product that works well enough to release natively on a new device, but can’t be bothered to put the product in the market.

      I will gladly pay for this product when it’s available because I love it, but right now all I see is them shooting themselves in the foot and letting other similarly styled keyboards gain ground on what should be their niche.

  • Bob

    soon to be meaningless with goog’s recent purchase of BlindType.

  • I wouldn’t call it “available” until people can freely download/buy it.

  • DaveC

    I’m using the beta on a Nexus One and I’d sure like to get a production version. The beta lacks the voice input key, and every time they update the beta, I lose my custom dictionary. I just returned a G2 because after lusting for a keyboard for so long amd finally getting one, I found I’d rather Swype.

  • Greg

    When is Swype coming to the Incredible?

  • Brenton

    Didn’t they launch at TechCrunch 50/Disrupt in September 2008?

  • Ron

    I hear everyone talking about Swype, when I’ve been using SlideIT for a while now and LOVE it. I’ve used the Swype beta and I gotta say, SlideIT just works better. Its dictionary is better, it’s word prediction is better and it’s way of choosing alternate words is better. Instead of forcing you to choose from a popup menu, it makes its best guess then gives you an unobtrusive menu of alternate words to choose from in case it got it wrong. Please, try SlideIT, it’s a superior keyboad and it’s already available.

    • RJM

      @Ron. A poorly disguised post from the trollers who make SlideIT. (Clicking on “Ron’s” name will take you straight to their website). Lame – they do this all the time on blogs. Nearly anyone who’s used both will tell you Swype is much better. Why do you think all the OEM’s are choosing Swype? Don’t you think they tested SlideIT and compared it thoroughly before making their decision? Of course they did. Swype wins.

      • DaveC

        I think a better description of this would be “stealth spam” rather than trolling! 🙂

        • Jimmus

          I love SlideIt. It was the very first app I felt absolutely compelled to buy. I haven’t tried Swype, and frankly, I doubt I will. Even if “Ron” is affiliated with the company, I don’t think his claims are all that preposterous. SlideIt offers a free trial, which is fully-featured, and I can’t find anything nefarious about offering users the chance to try before they buy.

    • Michal

      slideIT prediction sucks. It doesn’t insert spaces for you. it doesn’t do punctuation. The developers should do the swype tutorial and bring the features.

      • Jimmus

        Don’t spread misinformation. The version I’m using does insert spaces, and the prediction is about as good as any text-messaging I’ve used on a phone, albeit the dictionary is British, and you will have to add some corrections to the dictionary occasionally. It’s a little wonky on capitalizing the first letter of a word, but I’m finding no major faults with SlideIt.

    • Justin

      I agree. I may have tried it but knowing this post was someone from the company I’ll pass. I’ve been using Swype for a month or two now and love it.

  • BashyUK

    I wanted it but couldn’t get it. Got my Desire 3 months ago, got SwiftKey keyboard two weeks ago. Love it. Swype was too late for me, actually is it even here yet for the desire? Awesome on my sister’s Samsung Galaxy S though.

  • LipGloss712

    I used to love swype but after the latest update, it just got on my damn nerves.