Swype is one of the most popular Android keyboards that usually comes bundled with many smartphones. It brings gesture based typing, and improves a lot over the traditional typing method which involves touching each and every letter to type. What’s making news right now is that Swype is finally released as a standalone app that can be downloaded right now from the Google Play Store.
Swype came into existence a couple of years back when Android smartphones were smaller (compared to these days), and users with fat fingers struggled to type conveniently. Why should a simple task be turned into a challenge for such people; but all thanks to Swype, things changed for all of us.
Swype, previously, was only sold directly to hardware manufacturers which means a user would need to buy that particular Android device to enjoy this keyboard. But then after some years, Swype has been purchased by Nuance, and the new owner decided to change the way this software is being distributed. The owner thought that this app should also be distributed via Play Store so that everyone can get advantage of this keyboard. Well, fast forward today, and the app is available to try for free for 30 days or can be purchased for an introductory price of $0.99.
At this point, SwiftKey seems to be the biggest competitor to Swype. Users nowadays have many alternative apps for a single task; and that’s why, only time would tell the success of Swype on the Play Store.
Just for the sake of knowledge, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean too comes with a Swype-like keyboard called Gesture Typing. Such Jelly Bean users won’t find much difference between that default keyboard and Swype. But users who are on older Android versions would definitely see an improvement with Swype. Try it out for free from the link below.