March 2011 - Maintenance Update for Swype BETA for Android
We're happy to bring you version 188.8.131.5284 of Swype BETA for Android. This release is intended to address some outstanding issues, provide additional screen-size and language support, and bring the code-base up to date with the latest developments here at Swype HQ. Read on for details, or you can skip directly to the complete changelog.
2 major changes requested by users - In response to the outpouring of community feedback we've received, we've resolved two critical issues that have been creating a bad user experience. First, the hidden word tip window has been all but completely removed. It will appear one time, and one time only, for the first hidden word you encounter after a new installation. After that, it's a historic event! Second, contact names that are automatically added to the user dictionary will now stay deleted instead of being re-added accidentally. Refer to the changelog for more detail on these critical fixes.
Additional resolution and language support - We've significantly expanded the beta's support for various devices and languages. This update sees the addition of QVGA, WQVGA, WSVGA, and qHD support and the inclusion of dictionaries for Dutch, UK English, and Russian. Users should be aware that not all screen-resolutions include support for all languages. For a detailed list of which resolutions support which languages, please refer to our table of supported language and resolutions.
Prediction accuracy will no longer degrade significantly over time - In response to user feedback, we dove into our prediction algorithm looking for what might be causing prediction accuracy to drop drastically as Swype was used over the long term. We identified the issue and have implemented a fix. Please let us know if you continue to experience reduced prediction accuracy over time.
Users with access to the beta can begin downloading the update immediately by pointing their device's browser to http://beta.swype.com/android/get
Some additional details...
- Due to incompatibilities with new features added to Android 2.3.3, we have disabled double-tap-to-edit IN ANDROID 2.3.3 ONLY. This ONLY effects Android version 2.3.3
- We fixed one of our gestures that you've all been asking for but didn't work quite right: To hide the keyboard you can trace a path from the SWYPE key to the BACKSPACE key.
- The installer includes a new option when it detects Swype is already installed: Generate License. This option can be used to force Swype to delete and re-create the license file. This should make fixing license issues a lot easier for our users.
- Some changes to the license have significantly decreased the likelihood that updating your system software will require a new license for Swype. Major changes (such as switching between ROM flavors, e.g. going from CyanogenMod to SenseUI-based ROMs) will still require a new license, but simply updating your existing ROM should no longer disable Swype.
Enjoy the update and make sure to leave your feedback here on the forums!