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Tech Talk: Android users – Why type when you can ‘Swype?’

by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 3:07 PM

HOUSTON -- If you consider yourself a "speed texter" a new Android app is for you.

"Swype" allows you to move your finger around your screen’s keyboard without ever letting up. It then uses its expansive vocabulary to take a good guess as to what you’re typing. Better yet, the dictionary updates over the Internet.

They say this is a much faster way to type on your phone since you don’t have to waste time picking out and tapping each letter individually.

Even better, Swype’s makers are including the Dragon voice-to-text functionality, so you can quickly just say what you want to email or text.

It costs a dollar in the Android Market. Previously the app was only available on a few Android phones as part of a test phase. While there are a few apps like it, many say Swype is the best.

iPhone/iPad users, you’ll have to wait a little longer to see if it ever shows up as an option on your device. Swype’s makers say they’ve had discussions with Apple about getting it on iOS, but some experts say it's a long shot.

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