Swype beta for Android

After having been using the leaked version of Swype for a while, I'm happy to hear that they finally provide an official beta for Android.

If you haven't heard about Swype, yet, it's an innovate new way of rapidly entering text on mobile touch screen devices.

I highly recommend that you give it a try. I cannot image going back to the standard Android or iPhone keyboard, even though they're pretty good themselves. Check out this video comparing Swype with a standard touch keyboard.

Finally convinced? Get it here on Swype's beta page. Unfortunatelly, they made it a bit of a hassle to install. First you have to sign-up for their limited beta program, then you have to download the Swype Installer, install it, run it and log in. Now it will actually download the "real" Swype keyboard application. Need more details and help? Swype provides a step-by-step guide.

Some users, including myself, who had the leaked version of Swype installed before, might have some problems when switching over to the official beta. I got the following message:
"The Swype package you installed is configured for another device and will operate with limited functionality. Please contact Swype about this issue."
and wasn't actually able to swype. Pressing the letters one by one (like on a normal keyboard) worked, though. As a user pointed out on xda-developers.com you have to do the following steps to make it finally work:
1) Long hold your text box.
2) Switch input methods to another keyboard.
3) Type a letter or two. Swap back to Swype.

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