The ever popular Swype for Android keyboard app has received a nice update this week, bringing two-word predictions along with other improvements. The new update, version 1.9 for those keeping score at home, is available now and was released yesterday. The biggest update is around two-word predictions on what you want to type next. So for example, if you type in “How”, Swype will now offer up “are you” as a suggestion of what you want to type (or Swype as the case may be) next. It is all aimed at providing users with an even quicker way to compose documents, emails and other things using the keyboard alternative.
This update to Swype for Android also brings much improved symbol and currency support. It does this by paying attention to the secondary symbols on the Swype keyboard. So if you were to type in “swpp” it would predict $200. Take a look at the Swype keyboard and you’ll quickly see how it came to this conclusion.
Here are the full release notes of the 1.9 update:
- Easy number entry – tapping on keys that have numbers as secondary characters will provide a number / symbol suggestion (i.e. tapping “ejqp” suggests “3:10″, “swpp” suggests “$200”)
- Phrase prediction – Swype can now predict two-word phrases (ex: entering “How” could predict “are you” )
- Chinese Cloud Prediction
- Various crash and bug fixes (thanks for reporting!)
Swype for Android has been a hugely popular keyboard alternative for the platform, having been downloaded well over 1 million times by users. It does take a bit of time to get use to using but once you get the hang of it, many users swear by it and never look back.