By Stephen Schenck | October 20, 2011 5:17 PM
If you been installing betas of Swype on your Android phone, you’re well familiar with the update process. It’s always been a big manual effort, with an installer app, having to log-in each time, and losing your settings. The good news is that’s all becoming a thing of the past, thanks to the release of Swype Beta 3.26.
While you’re stuck with the old installation process for this update, that will mark the last time you have to go through it all. Instead, future updates will come down through the app itself. You’ll be notified when one’s ready, and it will install while keeping all your old preferences.
That change alone should be reason enough to upgrade, but there are a few other changes arriving, as well. Now you can exclude language selections you won’t be using, so that they don’t continue to show up as options. On-screen key arrangement has been tweaked, and there are new characters being added to the selection of symbols. Finally, the app settings screen and internal help function have been redesigned, with ease-of-use in mind.