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Swype was a virtual keyboard for touchscreen smartphones and tablets originally developed by Swype Inc.,[2] founded in 2002, where the user enters words by sliding a finger or stylus from the first letter of a word to its last letter, lifting only between words.[3] It uses error-correction algorithms and a language model to guess the intended word. It also includes a predictive text system, handwriting and speech recognition support. Swype was first commercially available on the Samsung Omnia II running Windows Mobile,[4] and was originally pre-loaded on specific devices.

Swype
Swype logo.png
Developer(s)Nuance
Initial releaseApril 24, 2013 (2013-04-24)
Stable release
Android
1.6.20 (November 19, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-11-19)[1]) [±]
Operating systemAndroid 2.2 and later, Bada, MeeGo, Symbian, Windows 7, Windows Mobile, iOS 8 and later
TypeVirtual keyboard, speech recognition
LicenseProprietary
Websitewww.swype.com

In October 2011, Swype Inc. was acquired by Nuance Communications where the company continued its development and implemented its speech recognition algorithm, Dragon Dictation.[5]

In February 2018 Nuance announced that it had stopped development on the app and that no further updates will be made to it.[6] The Android app was pulled from the Play Store. The iOS app was also pulled from the App Store. The trial version of Swype is not visible anymore for users in Play Store except users who have installed the app by accessing it in the installed apps part of the Play Store. Cloud features of the paid version such as "Backup&Sync" no longer function, and Nuance Communications has refused to issue refunds to customers who have purchased the app and can no longer reinstall it.

Users have to use Aptoide to download the full version of Swype.

In 2019, iOS 13 introduced built-in functionality that functions very similarly to Swype[7].

SoftwareEdit

Swype consists of three major components that contribute to its accuracy and speed: an input path analyzer, word search engine with corresponding database, and a manufacturer customizable interface.[3]

The creators of Swype predict that users will achieve over 50 words per minute, with the chief technical officer (CTO) and founder Cliff Kushler claiming to have reached 55 words per minute.[8][9] On 22 March 2010, a Swype employee by the name of Franklin Page achieved a new Guinness World Record of 35.54 seconds for the fastest text message on a touchscreen mobile phone using Swype on the Samsung i8000,[10][11] and reportedly improved on 22 August of the same year to 25.94 using a Samsung Galaxy S.[12] The Guinness world record text message consists of 160 characters in 25 words and was at that time typed in 25.94 seconds, which corresponds to a speed of nearly 58 words per minute, or 370 characters per minute. However, it has since been bettered by the Fleksy app on an Android phone to 18.19 seconds in 2014.[13]

As of March 2018, Swype supports the following languages:[14]

Keyboard Handwriting Dragon Dictation
Afrikaans  Y  Y  N
Albanian  Y  N  N
Arabic  Y  Y  Y
Armenian  Y  N  N
Azerbaijani  Y  N  N
Basque  Y  Y  N
Belarusian  Y  N  N
Bosnian  Y  N  N
Bulgarian  Y  Y  N
Burmese  Y  N  N
Burmese (Zawgyi font)  Y  N  N
Catalan  Y  Y  Y
Chinese (CN, TW, HK)  Y  Y  Y
Croatian  Y  Y  Y
Czech  Y  Y  Y
Danish  Y  Y  Y
Dutch (BE)  Y  Y  Y
Dutch  Y  Y  Y
English  Y  Y  Y
English (US)  Y  Y  Y
Estonian  Y  Y  N
Farsi  Y  Y  N
Finnish  Y  Y  Y
French (FR, CA, CH)  Y  Y  Y
Galician  Y  Y  N
Georgian  Y  Y  N
German  Y  Y  Y
German (CH)  Y  Y  N
Greek  Y  Y  Y
Gujarati  Y  N  N
Hebrew  Y  Y  Y
Hindi  Y  N  Y
Hinglish  Y  N  Y
Hungarian  Y  Y  Y
Icelandic  Y  Y  N
Indonesian  Y  Y  Y
Irish  Y  N  N
Italian  Y  Y  Y
Italian (CH)  Y  Y  N
Japanese  Y  Y  Y
Javanese  Y  N  N
Kannada  Y  N  N
Kazakh  Y  N  N
Khmer  Y  N  N
Korean  Y  Y  Y
Latvian  Y  Y  N
Lithuanian  Y  Y  N
Macedonian  Y  N  N
Malay  Y  Y  Y
Malayalam  Y  N  N
Marathi  Y  N  N
Norwegian  Y  Y  Y
Polish  Y  Y  Y
Portuguese (BR, PT)  Y  Y  Y
Romanian  Y  Y  Y
Russian  Y  Y  Y
Serbian  Y  Y  N
Sesotho  Y  N  N
Sinhala  Y  N  N
Slovak  Y  Y  Y
Slovenian  Y  Y  N
Spanish  Y  Y  Y
Sundanese  Y  N  N
Swahili  Y  Y  N
Swedish  Y  Y  Y
Tagalog  Y  Y  N
Tamil  Y  N  N
Telugu  Y  N  N
Thai  Y  Y  Y
Turkish  Y  Y  Y
Ukrainian  Y  Y  Y
Urdu  Y  Y  N
Vietnamese  Y  N  Y
Xhosa  Y  N  N
Zulu  Y  N  N

Swype was listed among Time (magazine)'s 50 Best Android Applications for 2013.[15]

AvailabilityEdit

In February 2018, the Android app was pulled from the Play Store. The iOS app was also pulled from the App Store.

Starting from 2018, users have to use Aptoide to download the full version of Swype.

In late February 2018, the full version of Swype has been discontinued. The trial version of Swype is hidden from the Play Store and App Store. The Swype website was also discontinued and has become a redirect page to XT9 Smart Input.

In a statement emailed to The Verge, Nuance Communications said it would discontinue support of the Swype keyboard app and instead focus on other products. "The core technology behind Swype will continue to be utilized and improved upon across other Nuance offerings—and integrated into our broader AI-powered solutions—most notably in Android-based keyboard solutions for our automotive customers," the company said.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swype - Android Apps on Google Play". Retrieved 23 Jan 2014.
  2. ^ "Swype Home Page". SwypeInc.com. Archived from the original on 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  3. ^ a b "Swype product page". SwypeInc.com. Archived from the original on 2010-10-04. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  4. ^ "First Swype-enabled smartphone coming to Verizon in the Omnia II". Geek.com. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
  5. ^ Arrington, Michael (2011-10-06). "Nuance To Acquire Swype For $100+ Million « Uncrunched". Uncrunched.com. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  6. ^ "Swype Keyboard now discontinued". GSM Arena. February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "iOS 13: How to use the QuickPath swipe keyboard". Macworld. 2019-08-15. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  8. ^ "Tech Crunch 50 Swype Presentation". Blip.tv. Archived from the original on 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  9. ^ Rafe Needleman, Move over T9, here comes Swype, CNet News, 9 September 2008
  10. ^ "Samsung Mobile And Swype Set New Guinness World Record" (Press release). Samsung USA. March 22, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  11. ^ "Swype user sets Guinness World Record for texting speed" (Press release). TechCrunch. March 22, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
  12. ^ "Salford woman makes bid for fastest text title". BBC News. August 24, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  13. ^ "Teen Breaks Record for Fastest Text". CNN News. May 15, 2014. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  14. ^ "Swype | Supported Languages". Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  15. ^ Jared Newman (2013-07-01). "50 Best Android Apps for 2013". Time. Retrieved June 30, 2013.

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