After Swype released a new virtual keyboard input mechanism which enhances typing on a mobile phone, the company announced that they released a beta version especially for Android users.
You will be required to register here with your e-mail address. You will then receive an e-mail with an activation link. Remember that you will need to access your inbox with your Android device or you will receive a ‘Sorry! This is not an Android phone’ message.
The next step is to click on the link and finish the activation process. Note that the file is about 3 MB so it would be best if you got connected your Android phone through WiFi and not by the rather slow 3G mobile network. After this, you can enter your phone settings where a Swype box should have appeared. Check it and everything should be ready when you proceed to any text input application. Now, press and hold anywhere in the text field. Choose ‘Swype’ and you will be able to use this quick and simple input system no matter how small your screen is.
Don’t forget that the application is only in a beta state so it’s bound to be unstable and bug-ridden. However, Swype is eager to receive your feedback at to [email protected] , so they can make improvements.
At first, Swype was available on the Samsung Omnia II.
At the moment, Swype comes with the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G , Motorola CLIQ and Motorola CLIQ XT as well as the Omnia II handset from Samsung (with Verizon). The Samsung Galaxy S smartphone is one of the first Android handsets to come with the input mechanism preinstalled.