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developer Swype Inc.
Publishing year April 24, 2013
operating system Windows Mobile , Android , Symbian , Bada , Apple iOS
category Text input
License proprietary

Swype is an input method for touchscreens that was developed by the company of the same name and was first used on the Samsung Omnia 2 (GT-i8000) ( Windows Mobile ). Swype Inc. was taken over on October 6, 2011 by the American company Nuance . The further development was stopped in February 2018.



Swype allows you to enter text by moving your finger or a stylus across the keyboard . The finger moves from letter to letter without having to be lifted between the letters. Error correction and a language module are used to determine the word. Swype also includes a word recognition system and was developed for both QWERTY and QWERTZ touchscreen keyboards.

The software requires less than a megabyte (in most cases around 500 to 600 kB ) on devices with Windows Mobile . There are now versions for Android , Symbian S60 and Apple iOS .

Swype consists of three essential components that affect accuracy and speed: the input path analyzer , a word search engine with the corresponding database and a user interface that can be customized by the manufacturer .


The creators of Swype state that the user can achieve more than 50 words per minute.

Supported languages

Swype is available for around 50 languages ​​on iOS and for 75 languages ​​on Android.


In general, Swype Inc. expects a broad acceptance similar to that of the T9 input technology .

Swype is preinstalled on the Windows Mobile phone Samsung Omnia II, the Meego smartphone Nokia N9 and the Android phones Motorola CLIQ (XT), T-Mobile MyTouch 3G and some Samsung models (including Samsung Galaxy S , S II and S III , Samsung Galaxy W , Galaxy Tab , and Samsung Galaxy 3). Regardless of the support from the mobile phone manufacturers, Swype will in future be able to be installed and used on Android devices at a later date. In addition, the Bada operating system specially created by Samsung from version 1.2 also includes Swype technology. There this is called T9 Trace or Continuous Writing and also works with text input using a virtual telephone keypad - like text on 9 keys , except that instead of tapping each key individually, you draw a line between the keys.

A beta version for Symbian ^ 1 devices from Nokia has been available for a long time, a release candidate of which was published in January 2011 and which will be available as a finished version for all touchscreen devices from the Finnish manufacturer in the foreseeable future.

Criticism of user data collection

Since April 2013, users have been complaining that the Swype app determines the location of the user thousands of times a day by querying GPS data and sending it to Nuance company servers. Users of the app will not be informed of these location requests.


Swype is conceptually similar to other handwriting recognition and high-speed text entry software such as SwiftKey Flow, SlideIT, minuum and ShapeWriter.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. All Things Digital: Nuance to buy Swype for $ 100 Million (Engl.), December 21, 2011 ( Memento of September 26, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Jens Minor: Swipe pioneer: Popular keyboard app Swype for Android and iOS is discontinued - GWB. In: googlewatchblog.de. February 19, 2018, accessed December 16, 2019 .
  3. a b official Android version from Swype
  4. http://betalabs.nokia.com/apps/swype-for-symbian
  5. Swype Specs for iOS. Retrieved February 20, 2018 .
  6. Swype Specs for Android. Retrieved February 20, 2018 .
  7. Engadget: Nokia N9 swipes fresh goodies with PR1.1 update, NFC and Swype in tow
  8. Nokia Beta Labs: Swype for Symbian
  9. Swype asks users a thousand times a day. Tobias Költzsch, golem.de , May 5, 2014
  10. Hans-Georg Kluge (teltarif.de): Minuum tried: Space-saving Android keyboard now available as a test version