The upcoming HTC HD2, from T-Mobile USA, will come with a redesigned version of the now famous Swype software keyboard. Its unique method of input, sliding from letter to letter to compose a single word, essentially allows users to type words without lifting a finger. This improves one-handed usability and also increases the speed of typing. Due to its popularity, more and more Windows Mobile and Android handsets are said to include Swype in the future.
The guys at Swype Inc, creators of the innovative keyboard, have expressed their displeasure in the past when the original version was “swyped” from the Samsung Omnia II and made available on user forums. They even went as far as to try and prevent the same thing from happening with the new version. Up until now, trying to use the redesigned Swype on a device other than the T-Mobile HD2 would produce an error and prevent the user from accessing swype technology.
Well, that didn’t seem to deter the folks at PPCGeeks, as there is now a CAB floating around of the latest and greatest version. Compared to the original, the HD2 version is more finger-friendly with larger keys and the layout has been changed a bit. There’s also word that this version has multi-language support. It’s definitely an improvement and future users of the HD2 will be extremely pleased. You can view the discussion on PPCGeeks, though the cab may not be there for long. To get it to work, you apparently have to install the CAB file and then copy the accompanying “modelname” file to your device’s Windows directory. You should probably back-up the original and your device, just in case, if you decide to test it out.
UPDATE: this version seems to work flawlessly and doesn’t change your device’s model name in the Windows directory. So, in theory, everything should work just like v2.0.
Note: this version of Swype was made available on a Touch Pro2 forum, so it may not work for all devices, especially those that aren’t of WVGA resolution.