Swype Launches Beta for Symbian Touch Phones
Swype and Nokia today announced a beta version of Swype text input for Symbian S60 5th Edition phones. The limited beta of Swype works as it does on other touch devices, and allows users to trace out words on their touch screen rather than peck at them. The predictive software analyzes the trace patterns and helps cut down on text entry time. Right now, the devices that can run Swype for Symbian include the Nokia N97, N97 mini, X6, 5800, and 5230. Nokia and Swype hope that beta testers will provide feedback about any bugs or problems they may encounter.
Android Users Can Now Beta Test Google Maps
Google has rolled out a program that allows people to test beta versions of Google Maps. The betas will be published via the Google Play Store, similar to how Google distributes other a few other beta apps.
Apple Releases iOS 10 Developer Beta 2
Apple today made a second beta version of iOS 10 available to developers. According to Apple, the new beta contains bug fixes and other improvements.
Swiftkey and Swype for iOS8 Type More Languages
Swiftkey and Swype, which are alternate keyboard applications, both provided updates to their iOS apps this week. Swiftkey added four new languages to its keyboard, including Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and Dutch.
Google Using Apple's TestFlight for iOS Chrome Beta
Google is offering iOS users a way to beta test a new version of Chrome thanks to Apple's TestFlight service. The iTunes App Store doesn't support true beta testing, and iOS devices cannot install apps from any source other than the App Store.