If you haven’t heard of Swype, shame on you. Swype is an input method for touchscreens developed by Swype Inc. Swype was first commercially available on the Samsung Omnia II for Windows Mobile, but since then it has seen significant adoption amoung Android phones. According to a recent press release Swype is able to boast some impressive figures, so impressive we thought we should share them with you here.
- Launched or announced for 20 devices across 50 countries including handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid, and the T-Mobile G2
- Expansion to tablets with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, coming this year to many countries, carriers and markets
- Swype has been preloaded on eight of the last 12 Android US devices
- Swype language support for 40 languages including:
- English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Malay, Russian, Finnish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Serbian, Czech, Greek, Polish, Indonesian, Norwegian, Icelandic, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish and many more.
- Funding amounting to $6.6 million from Nokia Growth Partners, Samsung Ventures and DOCOMO Capital Inc, with 2% of the company set aside to fund disability research
- Two World Records set using Swype for the fastest text message on a touch screen mobile phone
I use Swype as my preferred method of input on my Samsung Galaxy S and when I show my non-techy iPhone user friends, they want to to switch to Android just for this method of keyboard entry. I do explain that Swype is probably coming to the iPhone, but people are impatient, you know?
[Source: Android Community]