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'Swype' Offers New Way to Type On Touch Phones

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Dec 1, 2009, 3:33 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Today Swype announced new text prediction technology for touch phones. Swype works by allowing users to swipe the letters of a word on the software QWERTY keyboard of a touch phone to spell them. For example, to spell the word "phone" a user would place their finger on the "p" and then (while keeping pressure on the screen) slide their finger to the "h", "o" and so on. When the user lifts her/his finger, the word will appear in the text box. If there are multiple matches to a given pattern on the keyboard, Swype will offer suggestions that can be easily inserted into a text box. It works with a finger or stylus, and Swype claims that adept users can reach typing speeds of 30 words per minute. Swype was created by Cliff Kushler, co-inventor of the T9 predictive text technology. It can be used across a wide array of software platforms and form factors. It will be launching on the Samsung Omnia II with Verizon Wireless on December 2.

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Dec 1, 2009, 3:49 PM

I've seen this work...

It's actually very intuitive and very cool.
Slammer, I've been wondering where you've been all day, I didn't see you post in the Clear lauching in Seattle headline.
I've used the original program this is probably based on called ShapeWriter. I agree ShapeWriter is intuitive, but I was never able to achieve the same speed as by "typing." At least with ShapeWriter, you had to pick the word once you finished draggin...
SlideIT is the only keyboard that already working on Symbian OS!

except Windows Mobile that work more than 2 years!

Android, iPhone, and Windows Tablet PC will be available soon for download

so…. Don’t type it, just SlideIT!


Dec 3, 2009, 1:18 PM


I'd love to see them make this available for Andoid devices. License it to Android phone, Tablet, and E-reader makers.

(unfortunately, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be able to make it part of the open-source android reference platform, for intellectual property reasons; but, still, I'd love to see it available)

Dec 2, 2009, 10:05 AM


The question is, will it give me a high score?

Dec 1, 2009, 4:03 PM

Nice keyboard...still not gonna buy the Omnia

WM 6.5 ... no way.
Why doesn't anyone realize that 6.5 is COMPLETLY different than any prior WinMo???
And 7 will be even more different. More touch friendly, and now WinMo has a app market place.
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