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Nokia Swype app available to try out

Nokia Swype app available to try out

A trial version of the Swype touchscreen text entry app is available now to try out for Nokia users.

Previously solely on offer on the Android platform, Swype for Symbian Beta harnesses handwriting recognition technology to allow users to compose messages by running their finger along the screen.

It’s estimated that even fat-fingered phone fans will be able to input text at a rate of 40 words per minute. And to help the less able, the app offers options a la predictive SMS texting if your scrawl isn't recognised.

The app is available to download now from Nokia Labs for anyone with a phone running the fifth edition of Symbian S50. This includes a host of mid-range mobiles, including the 5800 and 5230, plus handsets in the Nseries range of high-end smartphones.

Earlier this month it was reported that Swype is aiming to pre-install the app on 50 models of Android mobiles by the end of 2010.

The Nokia trial suggests it could become just as prevalent a feature of the Finnish phone makers’ handsets soon.

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