The latest beta releases of Swype, one of our favorite alternate keyboards, have seen the delivery of some pretty nice features. Keeping up with the betas got a whole lot easier thanks to the introduction of a new internal update process, and the app took speech recognition up a notch with the inclusion of Dragon Dictation technology. It’s been a good ride, but so far admission hasn’t been open to users of the new Android 4.0. That’s changing soon, with Swype revealing plans to add Ice Cream Sandwich support in time for the next beta release, due out at the end of January.
Of course, Android users are a crafty bunch, and they’ve already developed a work-around to get the current Swype beta running on Ice Cream Sandwich. Luckily, Swype saw that for the Band-Aid it is, and is committed to coming out with an official solution. It hopes to finish-up work on the build in time to adequately test it for inclusion in this upcoming end-of-month release. The worst-case scenario, it would seem, would be that we have to wait until the following beta release; for now, though, it doesn’t look like things will come to that.