Swype Gets a Little Better

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Swype was really the first replacement keyboard for Android that Droid owners could show off to their snarky, iPhone-wielding pals to make them a just a little jealous. Today it's getting better.

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Starting at 9am EST, folks who are rocking the Spint Nexus S 4G will be the first to sample the newest update for Swype. (Well, first after me that is, suckas!)

The update brings a few nice improvements to the original sliding keyboard, the biggest of which are App Gestures. Highlight some text, then slide from the Swype-Key to the T to the W, and it'll open Twitter and have the text all ready for you to Tweet. You can do the same thing with an address from a text message, but have it open in Google Maps. There are also shortcuts for cut, copy, paste, and select all. Spiffy.

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Aside from that there's improved personal dictionary management and the auto-capitalization of proper nouns. Truth be told, this isn't rewriting the game, here. It's an incremental update, and I'm not 100% sure why they're making such a big deal out of it. Regardless, Swype has gotten a lot better over the last year and is certainly more usable and accurate than it once was. Sprint Nexus S 4G owners will be able to grab this update for free at 9am EST from sprint.swype.com. Everyone else will have to wait a bit, I guess.


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DISCUSSION

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Please Swype developers, if you are looking at the comments on this article, PLEASE give us the ability to edit the user-added words in the dictionary in a simple, one-step process.

Seeing as spelling mistakes are unintentional, we tend to not remember what random extra key we pressed, and therefore we don't remember the misspelled word until your annoying warning pops up in the middle of the text message. Then, in the middle of a text, we have to type that word, highlight it, then press the swype key or wait until afterwards and try to remember once again how it was misspelled.

Please just let us edit the user dictionary and delete words that way! It's such an easy add-on that it baffles my mind as to why it hasn't been added when people have complained about this since the first release. This has been so maddening that I've tried to switch keyboard multiple times, it's just that swype is just that good. Please listen to your user base!