Swype has had one heck of a year. First debuting on Windows Mobile, the popular soft-keyboard alternative has quickly grown to be a popular option on various HTC devices including the T-Mobile HD2. More recently, Swype has exploded on the Android scene quickly making an impression on that OS. In fact, 90% of Swype's business is currently on Android.
Now the developers of Swype are boasting to boost their current 'official' availability from 10 devices to a whopping 50 by the end of the year. Some of those will be tablet-type computers, but no plans for the iPhone.
Certainly not an impossible task but the one question we have is this: What about Windows Phone 7?
The question is really two-fold:
- Does WP7 even allow third-party keybaords?
- If so, does Swype have plans to roll out for our new OS?
Really this all hinges on question #1 and we have no indication if such an add-on will even be possible with Release 1 of WP7 as no one has yet asked--though we have and are hoping to find out soon...
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Actually, Microsoft has been saying that third-party SIPs will not be allowed on WP7. Of course, that may change after version 1.0, but in the initial release, Swype will not be happening.
Gotcha, that's what I figured I just don't remember nor have a link to them saying that on hand, but it certainly seems like that would be the case. Then again, a lot of this seems fluid and perhaps something will happen.
Wow. I wish I was strung along hoping instead of reading your comment. Swype has changed the way I use my phone, from the speed increase to typing single handedly, and while it's not a dealbreaker it's close to it. This along with the other missing elements of W7 1.0...I'm definitely going to be waiting out the first year and watching from the sidelines. Oh Microsoft. What are you doing all this time? Give me copy and paste, some form of multitasking (an OS should be built on this from the getgo, not added later) and Swype!
The new Resco Keyboard 6.0 is the best option out there imo. It includes all the gestures for writing capitals, spaces, back spaces with simple swipes but has an HTC style design. Can even swype between keyboard layouts, it's my pick of the keyboards.
Now, you've done it, Dave! :-) Now, I have another keyboard to check out. BTW, there is a version of Swype at xda-developers that also includes an HTC keyboard skin.
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