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Swype for Android now available in public beta

updated 05:50 pm EDT, Wed June 16, 2010

Swype for Android can be downloaded in beta

Text input app Swype is now available for any Android phone from the company's website. Before this, only certain Android handsets came pre-installed with the Swype app and 25,000 beta versions were released for testing. The available beta download will only be up for a couple of days, and its features will be limited, though exactly how isn't clear. User support is limited to forum questions, for example.

The app also won't work with cellphones that came with Swype out of the box. Swype isn't available on the Android Market.

Swype works with touchscreens to make text input easier and quicker, not requiring presses of individual characters but rather a fluid motion that links the letters to form words. A built-in database and predictive text makes this easier. The add-on has recently been made available in Italian and Spanish, with English the originally supported language. [via TechCrunch]

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