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This article was published on June 16, 2010

Typing on your Android just got easier. Get Swype while you can.

Typing on your Android just got easier.  Get Swype while you can.
Brad McCarty
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Brad McCarty

A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty. A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty.

You’ll have to pardon me while I geek out for a moment here.  Swype is finally available to the Android-toting public.

If you’re not familiar, Swype is a much better way to use your on screen keyboard on your Android device.  It’s speedy, it makes sense and it’s been widely unavailable until today.

According to MobileCrunch, Swype had some licensing issues and was only available as a pre-installed application.  The company did open the door to 25,000 beta testers, and the product has been a huge success.  The problem, of course, is that hardly anyone has been able to use it.

It’s a pretty simple concept.  You start with your finger on the first letter of the word that you want to type, then you keep your finger on the screen while you trace letter to letter.  Once you’re at the last letter, release your finger and your word will appear.

Doesn’t sound like it’ll work?  Check this out:

Want it?  Of course you do.  You’ll need to visit the Swype site, and register for the now-open Beta.  Get it while you can, as rumor has it that it won’t remain open for long.

Bear in mind that you’ll have to set your Android to “Unknown Sources”, and this will cause your device to scream at you for just a moment.  But once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to install and start typing faster.