You may have heard about Swype already — a new keyboard option for Android phones and tablets that throws out the tap typing metaphor altogether. Instead, you simply “swipe” your finger along the keyboard, hitting each letter in the word you’re trying to spell, and Swype will magically (and it does indeed feel like magic) know which word you meant. Check out the video below for a demonstration of Swype in action.
If you don’t have an HTC EVO phone, you can still sign up for the Swype beta and install the software manually. If you are an owner of Sprint’s 4G megaphone, however, you’re in even greater luck; the most recent EVO update includes the latest version of Swype right along with the new version 3.70.651.1 software itself.
Once you have the new EVO update installed, it isn’t crystal clear exactly how to enable the new Swype keyboard. You’ll find the settings for Swype in your phone’s settings under “Language & keyboard,” but counterintuitively, this is not where you actually select Swype as your default input method.
Luckily, the process of actually doing so is quite simple. All you need to do is open any app you wish to type in and long-press the input entry area. This will bring up the menu pictured below:
Select the Input Method menu item at the bottom. This will bring up a radio option menu prompting you to “Select input method,” pictured below:
Simply select Swype as the default input method of choice, and the new keyboard will immediately appear for all apps accepting text input. Getting started with Swype is very intuitive, and the software includes a tutorial that will get you going with the new keyboard. To go even further and become a power user with Swype, the company offers a great collection of tips and tricks videos on its website along with an extensive help guide.
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