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Swype Beta For Android Is Open, Temporarily 104

Posted by kdawson
from the grab-it-quick dept.
FyreWyr writes "In 2008 we discussed Swype, which allows a mobile (phone, e.g.) user to draw a path over a virtual keyboard to enter words, rather than requiring precise tapping to accomplish the input. Using this software, a Swype intern (Franklin Page) beat the Guinness record by about 6 WPM for the Guinness-standard phrase: The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human. (Unfortunately the video at that link is marked private.) TechCrunch reports that Swype is presently in open beta, and will be available for 'a couple of days,' supporting English, Spanish, and Italian entry. Finally, while the deadline has apparently passed, I was able to retrieve the Android beta for testing a few minutes ago. I'm posting it here for the benefit of Android-enabled Slashdot readers."
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Swype Beta For Android Is Open, Temporarily

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  • by Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) on Sunday June 20, 2010 @04:46PM (#32634968) Homepage

    (Unfortunately the video at that link is marked private.)

    If no one can see it, it didn't happen, although I smell bear shit...

  • Krogdor (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Krogdor (1611241) on Sunday June 20, 2010 @05:17PM (#32635158)
    I think the whole Guinness World Record thing is a bit skewed... The phrase is extremely well made for Swype. I know this wasn't intentional, but Swype excels at typing out extremely long and complicated words—the exact bane of most text inputs, and the reason that they are included in a world record phrase. Where Swype has trouble, however, is short words that are easily misinterpreted.

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