Swype Beta 3.26 Is Now Available – Improved Features and Layout


Swype Beta has been updated to version 3.26 but not in the market — no, sir. The only place to get Swype Beta is by registering on their Beta site to become an official “tester.” Really, it’s not as scary as it sounds and if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest Swype features before they’re released in a stable update, Swype Beta is the place to be.

If you’re currently using a device that had Swype (regular) preinstalled, you may want to listen up. Swype Beta cannot be installed over regular Swype and with no way to uninstalling the original app, you’re kinda out of luck. For everyone else, here’s what to expect from the new version of Swype Beta v3.26.

  • Android 1.6 and WQVGA resolution no longer supported
  • Automatic Updates have finally arrived! Once installed, this latest version of Swype will let you install updates on-the-fly via Swype Connect.
    • When an update is ready, you’ll receive an Android Notification informing you that an upgrade is available
    • Install the update right through the Swype Settings window
    • Your user dictionary and settings will automatically be saved during the update!
  • Improved Language Control gives you access to only the languages you use. From Swype Settings you can select which languages will appear when switching languages directly from Swype. Never cycle through a language you don’t use again.
  • The Refined Key Layout brings a better overall user experience, more in line with what users expect. Numbers are now across the top row, and the symbols layer contains several new characters, and a button to switch between 2 pages of symbols.
  • Redesigned Settings & Help makes it easier than ever to control how Swype behaves, and learn how to become an advanced Swype user. Just long-press Swype key to go straight to the Swype Settings window!

[Via SwypeBeta]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Can’t wait to test it out

  2. What about those on Sprint with an EVO 4G where it is preinstalled…how do we get updates? Part of the reason I did not want to take the OTA update was because I would no longer have swype beta, and now I get updates MUCH slower.

    1. When preinstalled, Swype updates only come with HTC software updates which are…. you know — far and few between.

      1. Yeah, I know. It just sucks that we are left high and dry. Oh well. I could root it but I plan on selling it to get a new phone soon. My $150 credit to an upgrade on Sprint expires Dec 31st. What phone to buy? Galaxy Nexus? (Hate calling it that, wish they stuck with Nexus Prime)

        1. My hubby was always hoping for a Nexus Six…

        2. I would get the Galaxy S II but if you want to wait- I’m hearing from our Sprint spies that the Galaxy Nexus is already in their system. o_O

  3. If you have Swype preinstalled and your phone is rooted you can remove it (somehow. Uninstall + remove some files I think) and then install the beta.

  4. Jawman root remove it from the system app file in your flash package of your rom of choice and then install the beta

  5. they finally added french canadian to the beta!

  6. Went back to this from swiftkey

  7. yeah I managed to remove swype after it came preinstalled by messing around with root explorer, but after doing that I accidentally reset my phone, rendering it keyboardless and pretty useless. I finally managed to get a keyboard back on there by connecting to an open wifi network (I couldn’t type in any passwords) and then using voice search to find a keyboard through the browser (I couldn’t use the market because I couldn’t sign in to my google account) and then I installed the keyboard through an apk on 4shared. Anyway, that was my traumatic experience of removing swype.

    1. Dude, you are the MacGyver of Android users. Well done.

    2. “Lesson lesson: Install a market keyboard before removing your stock one.”

      I’ll remember that.

  8. Oh man this new version removes the number pad layout! Bummer

    1. It is still there. Long press the 123/abc key while in the symbol keyboard.

      1. Thanks!

      2. That takes you to that “Editing” layout. The one with the arrows and all that. To get to the numpad you just long-press on that same button, but while you’re on the regular screen for typing.

  9. I got around the pre installed version by rooting my Droid X and getting Bloat Freezer. Quick and easy way around not being able to update to the beta.

  10. loving the new betas. very promising (finally). REALLY hope they add ability to theme soon

  11. I have Swype preinstalled on my phone and was able to install the beta. If you’re rooted, go into /system/app and put .bak at the end of the Swype.apk. Then you can download the Beta Installer and let it download and install the latest Beta. Works great so far, even lets you manually manipulate the user dictionary (finally).

    1. Thanks! Worked perfectly!

  12. Hmmm… my installer updated itself, but did not update the actual Swype apk… So I have thw Swype connect now, but it’s not saying anything about updates to Swype, and my Swype version still reads v. 3.25.something. :( Didn’t update after a cold restart either.

    1. Uninstall swype app from phone, then go back into swype installer and it will allow you to download the new swype.

  13. Why has swype been always beta I mean just sell the app and let people buy or put it out for free.

  14. I wonder if they included the auto update feature so they can disable it when it leaves beta and they want us to pay for it!

  15. Any reason it’s 10.5MB?

  16. I used Swype for about a year, but they lost me when they moved the word suggestions to the bar above the keyboard. At first, it would only appear when there were suggestions, moving the whole screen around, which I found horribly jarring. So, I started looking at other options, and ended up trying SwiftKey X, which I’ve stuck with since then. I know that Swype fixed the problem of the disappearing suggestion bar in the next update but I stuck with SwiftKey for the multiple language support. I miss swyping (especially when walking or riding in a moving vehicle), and I think I’d probably come back if they added support for multiple languages.

    1. To clarify, by multiple language support, I mean I would like it to suggest words from two or three selected languages at once (perhaps with weighting given to a primary one), not just to have the ability to switch between languages.

  17. Lost the black “Sprint” theme option. I’ll take the tradeoff of adding automatic updates to this tho. No need to uninstall and reinstall the betas each and every time.

  18. I love the new keyboard skin and it seems to take care of a big it had in 3.25 where it would randomly force close when trying to use a smiley

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