Want Swype for Android? Now's your chance

Swype, a popular Android keyboard replacement, is now accepting new users -- but only for a limited time.

It's a weird sort of paradox: One of the most popular apps for Android is also one of the hardest to get.

I'm talking about a little something called Swype. Swype replaces your Android phone's on-screen keyboard with a slightly strange-sounding alternative: Rather than tapping keys individually, you slide your finger around your screen -- without ever lifting it -- to input the words you want. According to Swype's creators, this unique method of typing allows you to input text 30 percent faster than you could with a standard smartphone keyboard.

Swype comes preinstalled on a handful of Android devices, but if you don't have one of those phones, the app can be tough to get your fingers on. The reason: Swype is in a limited beta mode, and it welcomes new users only once in a while.

Well, call it a Festivus miracle: Swype is currently accepting new members into its beta world. You may not be able to get Android Gingerbread on your phone by New Year's, by golly, but you can get this.

If you want to sign up for the Swype beta program and try the slide-to-type keyboard method for yourself, just head over to Swype's beta site and click on the link to register. The app is free, but there's no telling how long registration will remain open -- so if you're interested, you might want to sign up soon.

Of course, Swype isn't the only alternative method of inputting text with Android. Personally, I like a third-party keyboard replacement called Swiftkey; it predicts text as you type and can save quite a bit of time. It's also very easy to pick up, while a program like Swype has a learning curve and requires a certain amount of patience and adaptation.

Whatever your preference, there are plenty of options out there -- and it never hurts to explore.*

* Unless you forcefully poke yourself in the eye while doing it.

JR Raphael is a PCWorld contributing editor and the author of the Android Power blog. You can find him on both Facebook and Twitter.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobileGoogleAndroidappstelecommunicationPhonesconsumer electronicskeyboardsHandheldswireless technologyHandhelds / PDAs

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

JR Raphael

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?