HTC’s sprinkling quite a few surprises into HTC Sense 3.0 and another one of those surprises has been revealed on the HTC Sensation – a new keyboard! This one isn’t much different in style from the HTC-bred keyboard we’re used to on other Sense devices, but the one here does one very cool thing – it lets you Swype! That’s not what they’re calling it, of course – their official name for it is HTC Trace. There isn’t much to explain here if you’ve used Swype before, but in case you haven’t allow me clue you in.
You simply take your finger and trace through the letters of the word you want to spell without lifting them until you want a space character. If all goes right, the word will magically pop up as if you typed each letter individually. Once you get the hang of it, this style of keyboard feels really natural and can be a lot faster than typing on a hardware QWERTY keyboard. (I’m actually slower using one of those.) It’s expected to be a part of all Sense 3.0 devices which – for now – are only the HTC Sensation and the HTC EVO 3D. [Android Central]