Nuance have launched the stable version of their keyboard, Swype after a beta period of three long years
The good news is you can finally get it from the Play Store, the bad news is it isn’t free.The price tag is not surprising considering Nuance took over Swype Inc for a 100 Million Dollars last year. But look on the bright side, the keyboard will work on Tablets & Phones. So you don’t have to buy it twice, and I think this line suggests they are taking a “Swype” at Swiftkey’s policy of selling two different versions.
Regarding how long the betas would work is unknown, but I am guessing that the OEM versions, i.e the ones you get with your device, should work without expiring.
And they have quite a big list of features
SWYPE LIVING LANGUAGE (Opt-in feature)
NEXT WORD PREDICTION
PERSONAL DICTIONARY BACKUP & SYNC (Opt-in feature)
DRAGON DICTATION’S world-renowned voice recognition lets you go hands free and turns your voice in to text quickly and accurately with a simple press of the Dragon key. Available in 36 languages.
SMART EDITOR analyzes an entire sentence, flagging potential errors for a quick fix, and includes suggestions for the most likely alternatives.
Multi-modal: Swype, Type, Write, Speak
Dragon Mobile Assistant: Dragon Mobile Assistant now integrates into the Swype keyboard! If you have both apps on your Android you can quickly launch Dragon’s hands-free and always-available mobile assistant directly from the Swype keyboard with one easy gesture. Just Swype from the Swype Key to the Dragon flame short cut on your keyboard and Dragon’s Jarvis-like assistant is at your command! Available with Swype version 1.5 and Dragon Mobile Assistant version 3.1 and above.
Unique Tablet Keyboards: Don’t pay double, a single keyboard for both phones & tablets. Swype includes three tablet modes to choose from, including: the original Swype keyboard, a small and moveable keyboard, and a split keyboard for easy tablet input.
Smart Touch: Swype learns your unique style of input and continuously evolves and adapts to your typing patterns for a truly personalized keyboard experience.
Language Downloads: Swype supports 60 downloadable languages and 20 dialects.
Keyboard Themes: With a wide variety of themes to choose from, you can personalize the look of your Swype keyboard to one that is all your own.
Voice & Text Dictionary Sync: New words added to your Swype keyboard personal dictionary are synced across all input methods, which means that you can easily Swype, type or Dragon dictate that new word.
Gestures: Because sometimes you just want a fast shortcut for everyday tasks like: capitalization, punctuation and text editing (such as Select All, Copy, Paste – and, even language switching).
Here is an official video for Swype’s keyboard
You can buy Swype Keyboard for $0.99 from the Play Store. It is a launch price, so expect it to go higher soon.
There is also a 30 day trial version available at their Play Store page.