Swyping – the new writing?

I’ve been enjoying exploring all the things I can do on my new Samsung Galaxy S mobile phone over the past few weeks – but the thing that has me fascinated the most is the new form of text entry called Swype that comes pre-installed on the phone. I blogged about this some time back when I first heard of it, but have been fascinated to actually try it out – and it works.

The technique is surprisingly accurate, and, once you adapt to the approach, is much faster than traditional ‘hunt and peck’ forms of text using thumbs or fingers that have to repeatedly tap the keyboard. It doesn’t require a great deal of precision, as the predictive design determines what word you’re trying to write. This fact is borne out by recent news about the world texting record being smashed by someone using Swype input.

Swype uses other gestures to add capitalization and punctuation – and arguably this part is far harder to master than the speed-swyping.

For those who have an Android without Swype installed, the news just got better, with the release of Swype beta now available.

2 thoughts on “Swyping – the new writing?

  1. I have been telling people about Swyping since your last post and video. They look at me blankly. The next time we meet you’re going to have to show me. The iPad keyboard is a little like that I suppose with the press and hold and swipe upwards.

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  2. Swype is very cool. Just got a galaxy phone before Christmas. upgraded from a normal cell phone. Basically wanted an Android phone that allowed me to use google apps. Showed my son swype. He has an android phone without swype so was hoping I would swap phones with him – not on your life. Good to see swype in beta so will let him know he can download it to his phone.

    Have a great Christmas and all the best for 2011.

    Conor

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