Mar 19th, 2013

Swype has long been my go-to keyboard application for one handed use. You know, for when your other hand is preoccupied doing something more important. If you’re a die-hard Swyper, we have some good news for you. An update to Swype Beta (v1.4.9.13905) is rolling out to users over the next 72 hours or so. The update brings the obligatory bug fixes and but more important, Swype is promising a more responsive keyboard when tapping to type the old fashioned way. Here’s the full changelog:

Swype Beta v1.4.9.13905

  • Advanced Language Models added for Hindi and Belgian Dutch
  • Responsiveness for tap input improved for all languages
  • Improved overall Smart Editor behavior and implemented some bug fixes
  • Fixed a Gingerbread crash that occurred when rotating device into landscape mode
  • Fixed miscellaneous crashes reported by the Beta community
  • Fixed an issue where default Android voice input (‘mic’/’microphone’) icon displayed instead of Dragon logo
  • Changed subtype text in notification drawer to be more accurate
  • Word Choice List behavior improved in Polaris Office
  • And many more bug fixes and improvements!

Honestly, the laggy tap-to-type with Swype has long been my biggest frustrations with the keyboard. As a man about town, I find myself switching between Swiftkey, Swype and more recently Kii Keyboard as my top input methods. It’s funny cuz where Swype handles swiping better than Swiftkey, it’s Swiftkey is still the king when it comes to quick tap typing. But I digress. If you’re curious to give Swype a try, the app can be downloaded via the link provided below.

[SwypeForum | Download Swype Beta]