Nuance has launched the latest version of its Swype keyboard for Android smartphones and tablets and has released it for the first time on the Google Play Store. The app has exited beta and is available for an introductory price of $0.99, though a 30 day trial is available as well.
The latest version of Swype also includes support for four Indian languages namely Tamil, Urdu, Hindi and Hinglish (a mixture of Hindi and English), allowing Swype users in India to choose from the different languages while using the Swype keyboard.
In addition to the new languages, the new version of Swype also brings what the company calls 'dialect based Living Language support' for Indian English, that automatically updates the Swype dictionary with popular Indian words.
Swype had added Hinglish input support to its keyboard, last year, learning Hinglish words as users key them in.
"Swype was a game changer when first unveiled, and ever since, it has continued to set the bar for intuitive and intelligent keyboard innovation - so much so that others have tried to follow," said Mike Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. "Based on the incredible success of our beta program and our vocal customers, we decided to extend the power of Swype to more Android users through Google Play. Android users deserve the best keyboard - settling for an alternative is no longer necessary."
Swype allows people to swipe their finger from one letter to the next to input text - or tap, speak or handwrite letters, numbers and symbols. Nuance had updated Swype to support what it calls Living Language, earlier this year. The keyboard continuously updates each user's personal language model with the words and phrases they use the most - and with opt-in connected services they can also get the words and phrases trending around the world through crowdsourcing. Swype can follow a user from one device to another with Backup and Sync.
SwiftKey, another popular keyboard app for Android devices, had also added support for Hindi and Hinglish to its language portfolio in December.