Swype Gets New, Feature-Rich Beta: Better Text Prediction, Smarter Dictionaries

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Has it been awhile since you’ve looked into some of the alternate on-screen keyboard solutions for Android? It may be worth your time to give things another look, as the team over at Nuance has just cooked-up a new Swype beta, and one that has a whole bunch of new features, at that.

The last time we took a look at how Swype was coming along was several months ago, when the app arrived for Ice Cream Sandwich and made some accuracy tweaks. The beta we’re learning about today sounds quite a bit more feature-packed.

The latest Swype beta makes use of XT9’s word-prediction tech, following Nuance’s acquisition of the company developing it. More than just guess at the rest of the word you’re entering, Swype will attempt to speed things along ever more by trying to figure out the rest of the sentence.

Swype’s making a number of improvements to the app’s dictionaries, giving you the ability to suppress words that keep coming up incorrectly, adding a personal dictionary that can learn from your emails and texts, similar to SwiftKey, and syncing dictionary content between the app’s text and speech-recognition subsystems.

This beta leaves Swype with four ways to enter text: its classic swype-based input, voice recognition, handwriting recognition, or a standard key-based interface with next-word prediction.

In additional to the functional changes, the app also gets a bit of a makeover, resulting in what Nuance describes as a look that’s fresh, clean, and simple.

You can register to try out the beta yourself through the source link below.

Source: Nuance
Via: Engadget

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