Today Swype announced that they are releasing a new beta for Android and, unlike the previous one it’s publicly available for download. The input solution is as good as virtual QWERTY keyboards go, but has so far been unavailable to the general public.
With the first beta of Swype for Android you either had to have a handset that has it preinstalled or you needed to be lucky enough to get into the private beta program to test it. Yet now that the final release is nearing all you need to do is register on Swype website and you get to download the keyboard.
It takes less than a minute, but you do need to open the email through your phone and start the download from there as the app checks your hardware compatibility. Mind you, if your handset does come with Swype preinstalled, you shouldn’t try to install the beta – it won’t work.
This second Swype beta supports devices with HVGA (320 x 480 pixels), WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) and FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) screens. Those of you with QVGA displays will have to wait a while longer.
The new features brought by the update include Double-Tap-to-Edit, Cursor Restore, and Voice-to-Text (requires Google Voice Search be included in your system firmware).
So what are you waiting for? Give Swype a try by following the link and tell us how it went in the comment section below.