Swype, the typing app that intends to revolutionise the way in which text entry is performed on a touchscreen, has been released on the Android platform as a free beta edition for a limited time.
Rather than pressing the onscreen keys one by one, Swype lets users drag a finger across the display to trace out the letters of the word they want to spell.
The predictive software then guesses at what they are trying to write and its developer believes that with practice touchscreen phone owners could get to 50 words per minute, which is impressive for mobile typing.
Swype is designed not just for Android-based smartphones, but also for a range of other devices including games consoles, TVs, tablet computers and phone booths.
As long as you have a compatible Android mobile you can sign up to receive the free beta version of Swype immediately.
It is not quite as fully featured as the final launch version because full Swype integration requires the co-operation of mobile manufacturers.
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