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Swype Keyboard

by Nuance Communications, Inc
Rated: All Ages

Price: $0.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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  • Read the user's contacts data
  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
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Latest Updates

What's new in version
  • v2.1.1
  • Crash fixes
  • v2.1.0
  • Stabilization fixes and optimizations
  • Improvements to auto-correction
  • Refreshes to a number of keyboard languages
  • Full Android M support
  • New input method for Chinese - On top-inline writing

Product Details

Product Features

  • Multi-modal: Swype, Type, Write, Speak
  • Unique Tablet Keyboards: No need to download a separate application for your tablet. Swype includes three tablet modes to choose from, including: the original Swype keyboard, a small and moveable keyboard, and a split keyboard for easy tablet input.
  • Language Downloads: Swype supports over 71 downloadable languages and 20 dialects.

Product Description

“[Swype’s] years of experience still make for the most accurate gesture keyboard available.” – TIME, 50 Best Android Apps for 2013
“Revolutionary and quickly makes thumb-typing feel antiquated.” - PC Magazine, Android App of the Year 2013

• 250+ Million Users and Growing
• Guinness World Record – Fastest Time to Type a Text Message
• Own the Original Swype Keyboard that Started it All – Accept No Imitations

Swype is all about YOU. Whether you’re a fast tapper, exact typer or a Swype Ninja, get ready for
a better, faster keyboard experience that gets smarter the more you use it. Swype pays attention to the way you input text and creates a personal language model that follows you from device to device. Swype – the world’s most powerful keyboard.


BILINGUAL SUPPORT – Swype now lets you enter words from two languages at once! Words suggested by Swype will automatically adjust to your bilingual language preferences.

MORE CUSTOMISATION OPTIONS – Swype lets you customise your keyboard including long-press delay, vibration duration, keyboard height and mini left/right keyboards in landscape mode.

ACCESSIBILITY SUPPORT – Swype supports Android’s “Talkback” and “Explore by Touch” accessibility features. When accessibility features are enabled the user’s entered text will be spoken back.

SWYPE LIVING LANGUAGE & HOTWORDS keeps you always up to date with a real-time, crowd-sourced and news derived language model that gives you immediate access to our continuously updated language dictionary. Imagine having instant access to the hottest words and phrases that people are using at that moment. Swype’s Living Language will also further localise your dictionary with an additional dialect supplement for your preferred language. (Opt-in feature)

NEXT WORD PREDICTION is so intelligent, it’s like Swype can (almost) read your mind. The most powerful personal language model on the market trains your device to learn your unique vocabulary and predict your words based on previous usage. Swype also has the most extensive phrase and sentence-based prediction model out there, which means we can predict words in commonly used long phrases like “Best of the Best,” “Nail on the head”, “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and “Dancing with the Stars.”

PERSONAL DICTIONARY BACKUP & SYNC makes it so your personal language model and dictionary are automatically backed up and synced across all your Android devices. (Opt-in feature)

DRAGON DICTATION’S world-renowned voice recognition lets you go hands free and turns your voice into text quickly and accurately with a simple press of the Dragon key. Available in 36 languages. Dragon allows you to see phrase-based results in near real-time without leaving the dictation UI.

SMART EDITOR analyses an entire sentence, flagging potential errors for a quick fix, and includes suggestions for the most likely alternatives.

Even more personalized and intelligent Swype features:

•Smart Touch: Swype learns your unique style of input and continuously evolves and adapts to your typing patterns for a truly personalized keyboard experience.
•Keyboard Themes: With a wide variety of themes to choose from, you can personalize the look of your Swype keyboard to one that is all your own.
•Voice & Text Dictionary Sync: New words added to your Swype keyboard personal dictionary are synced across all input methods, which means that you can easily Swype, type or Dragon dictate that new word.
•Gestures: use Swype gestures for quick everyday tasks such as:
• Select All (Swype key to ‘A’)
• Cut (Swype key to ‘X’)
• Copy (Swype key to ‘C’)
• Paste (Swype key to ‘V’)
• Search (Swype key to ‘S’)

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Technical Details

Size: 24.2MB
Developed By: Nuance Communications, Inc ( Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window )
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Read the user's contacts data
  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
  • Read SMS messages
  • Access the vibration feature
  • Record audio
  • Write to external storage
  • Read the user dictionary
  • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
  • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
  • Open network sockets
  • Access information about networks
  • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
  • Connect to paired bluetooth devices
  • Read from external storage
Minimum Operating System: Android 4.0
Approximate Download Time: Less than 4 minutes

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Nathaniel Allen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 6, 2013
This Swype keyboard is so smooth, I'm writing this review using it on my phone.

I've been using Swype on my Android phones for 2+ years. It's gotten quite polished in that time, but has always been super-fast and functional versus tap to type keyboards.

I've hooked a few co-workers with its fluidity. It seems those who don't take to it struggle with touch typing on a full-sized keyboard, and I guess it makes sense that you have to know your qwerty layout well, to make this app actually work as intended: "hunting and pecking" with Swype is difficult with a finger blocking the screen!

The custom dictionary is quite handy in learning odd street names, places and people. It's not as contextually aware as Google's version, but that doesn't make it bad -- corrections are very easy. And stock "nuisance" words can be deleted: 's'likes to pop up place of 'a', but long-pressing 's' on the word selection bar provides the option to delete it from the dictionary.

The predictive text is ok. But where it comes in handy is its contextual awareness, when I'm going back to edit a line, it realized the word it thought I wanted is probably no longer correct, and highlights the word it thinks matches the sentence. (For example, word= weird and it= out in the previous sentence.) As I mentioned, Google does this better a higher percentage of the time, but Swype is close behind.

Numbers are a key press away, or I can long press an alpha character if I just want a single digit or two, or long press the number key to get a handy number keypad. Symbols are similarly accessible, but many common symbols are buried two keypresses deep, and some aren't accessible from the number keyboard (-dash- - hello?).
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Don't get me wrong, I love the functionality of Swype. But it's been almost 2 months since Nuance has pushed an update in the Google Play Store, one that, according to them, is all about performance, with SIGNIFICANT performance improvement and Kit Kat functionality issues resolved.

After initially saying that the Amazon app store update is running just a little behind, the new recent position, as conveyed on the Swype forums is to not release it at all on Amazon.

So thanks Nuance! Here I am, having BOUGHT a product from you, through an app store that you tout on your website, still waiting for you to push an update through.

Had Swype been a security product this would have been unimaginable. But I guess it's ok cause it's only the main text input source used?

Edit 21 March 2013: fixed typo
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The version of Swype that is currently on Amazon is older than the one on the Play store. The Amazon one works really well. The newer version on the Play store is laggy. Lots of people are commenting on this and Swype / Nuance has not responded about what it's doing about it. It's a great product, but the lack of responsiveness from Nuance (on the new version) is a troubling leading indicator about the future of the product. For now, the version on Amazon rocks. Get it while you can, and don't do auto-updates!

P.S. I would rate this product a firm 5 if Nuance were to demonstrate that it is committed to user responsiveness.
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By Harris on February 24, 2014
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Swype is the best keyboard I've ever used(better than swift in many ways ), but the Amazon version never updates, and it's a paid one, so it's a waste of money here.
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I have an LG phone, 4" screen and it's quite adequate. However, when typing anything, text, e-mail, whatever, trying to make words with individual letter taps is all but impossible. I get wrong letters, many misspelled words, and most of the time while I'm replying to someone, right in the middle of my typing they send me 3 more messages wanting to know if I'm ignoring them or what.... trouble is, single letter texting is just too darned awkward, slow and makes you look like you have no mastery over your own language. This keyboard is quick, accurate, forgiving with it's interpretations and is a much more effective way of communicating. It's got plenty of settings and versatility.
The only thing that keeps me from giving all 5 stars is the fact that while you can add and edit "your words" in the dictionary, when this thing gets a word stuck in it's brain it wants to keep tossing out instead of what you want, it's impossible to get it to STOP! For example: I use the word "was" quite often. But this thing in the past has gotten the word "ess" stuck in it's brain in place of "was" and since it wasn't a word I added, I couldn't get rid of it. I mean "ess"? is that even a word? Why is "ess" in the stock dictionary as a word to begin with? It also likes to enter "easy" instead of "way" It likes to replace "ya" with "us" and many others that despite backing up and trying to replace the word with a carefully planned swipe, it just refuses to accept what you want and puts in it's own nonsense. HOWEVER, this is only a big enough issue to deduct one star from the rating, not enough to not use the app and love it. You just have to keep an eye on it, and work with it.
I have used the trial long enough now that I finally bought it to keep from having to uninstall it and redownload it every 30 days.
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