Nov 3rd, 2011

It was only a few weeks ago when the new version of Swype Beta 3.26 was announced bringing with it the much requested feature of automatic updates (we like OTA’s ’round these parts). Well, staying true to their word, Swype Beta has just received its first over-the-air update enabling their “Context Prediction Engine” feature. Here are some of the features of their new Context Prediction Engine:

  • 40% increase in prediction accuracy when a language profile is present
  • Learns over time as you use it, building up a personal language profile for you.
  • Enabled only for English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. Other languages coming soon! *Note* French Canadian does not have a pre-loaded static language model, and so will only show improved accuracy after continual use.

They’ve also added Japanese language support (kana-kanji conversion) but is only available in the Pan-Asia package, not the “All Regions” package. If you feel like giving it a go, just head on over to Swype’s site and sign-up for the Beta.

UPDATE: While Swype’s new Context Prediction Engine may sound similar to Swiftkey’s method of predicting the next word typed based on contextual information, Swype reached out to us and wanted our readers to know this is not the case. The difference? Well, according to Swype:

“Our context prediction engine is providing improved accuracy to words that you enter by Swyping. We aren’t doing any type of ‘completion’ or ‘next word prediction,’ only improving the accuracy of the words Swype offers to match the path the user traced.”

[Via Swype]