Popular Android keyboard alternative, Swype, has opened its beta program for everyone again. Starting December 20th, folks looking to try Swype on their Android handset can visit the product’s beta page and register to be a participant in the trial program. Once you are in, you are eligible to receive all upcoming revisions to the popular keyboard. The beat program will be open for a limited amount of time, so do not hesitate if you want to grab Swype.
Swype, for the uninitiated, is a keyboard alternative that lets you enter in characters by swiping your finger over the keys of an on-screen keyboard. The keyboard monitors your swiping movements and tries to guess the word that you are inputting. Swype was designed by the creator of T9 input and does an excellent job of word prediction. In the rare instances the keyboard’s recognition engine cannot detect the words, the application will present you with a list of possible choices. The input alternative already comes pre-installed on select Android handsets, but the majority of users grab it from the beta program.
Swype for Android was recently updated to support voice to text on handsets with integrated Google Voice search and a double-tap to edit feature that lets you easily fix a word. This latest version improves word accuracy and updates the languages with improved French language support and experimental support for Chinese Pinyin languages as well. If you have never used the keyboard before, you can sign up for the beta program here.