• Swype Ported To iOS By Jailbreak Developer

    Swype, upon release, has been a popular alternative to the simple tap to type. With its patented sliding and recognition technology, your simple swipe of a finger through the letters of the word you're spelling out will spell out the word you desire. According to the Swype website, this software has been deployed to over 26 million phones in 50+ countries. The entire list comprises of Android and Windows OS phones; the iOS community was left out. Swype has promised beta testing for iOS however restrictions by Apple have made it difficult. Andrew Liu (@WyndWarrior) decided that the community couldn't wait any longer and decided to port Swype to iOS.

    It's currently in its early beta stages but seems to work well. Andrew has confirmed that there are some limitations however he is working to fix them:

    • The Swype beta does not work in AppStore applications or Cydia (only in stock iOS currently - he is looking to fix it today)
    • No blue line to indicate where you are swiping

    I can not confirm what devices/firmwares are supported (I'm currently on iOS 5 Beta 2 and it works fine) so test at your own risk. You can have access to Swype beta in the following ways:

    (1.) Add this repository: wynd.x10.mx (includes http:// in front)

    (2.) Download from mediafire: Swype Beta (v0.1.0)

    Follow Andrew Liu (@WyndWarrior) on Twitter to keep up to date on the progress with the Swype Beta for iOS.

    UPDATE: After speaking briefly with Brian Resnik - Community Relations Specialist from Swype, here are clarifications made by him on behalf of Swype in regards to this recently released beta application:

    The first thing we want to make clear is that this version released via Cydia is not in any way an official Swype product, or related to SwypeInc. in any way. It appears this developer wrote some of his own code to emulate a Swype-like experience and is using our brand. We donít know if this is a Ďhackedí version of Swype or not. Iím thinking not. We are still investigating, but either way, this is not an official release or port of Swype to iOS. Additionally, since we weren't involved with the development of this application, we can not vouch for the integrity of the software. From a consumer's perspective, we recommend researching the developer on your own to ensure the trustworthiness of this application from a security standpoint.

    Our legal counsel is advising us on the best course of action regarding this 'hacked' release. We'll continue to follow the situation and do whatever our management team determines is appropriate to protect our intellectual property. We're not looking to prove a point or anything like that. Frankly, as our CEO mentioned in an interview with GeekWire on the topic, the clear interest demonstrated by this release from iOS users in having Swype is exciting. But we do still need to protect our brand and, if it turns out that some of our code are being used, our patents.

    Also, people are already saying "this proves that you can get Swype on iOS, even if it's through Cydia, right?" Well, not really. Yes, you can get "tracing" to work via some serious hacking (and even then it only works on jailbroken phones, and in stock iOS applications), but there are other really important elements to Swype. For example, word replacement and editing. With Swype, we know that the prediction engine won't get it right 100% of the time. Most of the time, absolutely, but there will always be a mistake once in a while. The nice thing about Swype is that when that happens you can quickly pull up a list of alternative suggestions - in the new v3.0, they're automatically shown whenever you swipe a word or tap on a previously entered word. When you pick an alternative suggestion, Swype replaces the previously typed word with the new one. Without keyboard APIs, we have no way of interacting with the text field in those kinds of ways. Sure, you can get basic character entry to work, but to get the full Swype experience, we absolutely require certain features to be implemented by Apple themselves.
    Source(s): Andrew Liu, Swype
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Swype Ported To iOS By Jailbreak Developer started by Joshua Tucker View original post
    Comments 78 Comments
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ratbrain View Post
      is there a way to toggle between swype and standard keyboard?
      i agree maybe a SBSettings toggle will be made because i installed this and noticed many more typing errors using the regular keyboard. Either i suck at using swype or it needs some more bugs worked out (i know its still in beta, just saying).
    1. VampireV's Avatar
      VampireV -
      awesome, been waiting for this.
    1. mushromking's Avatar
      mushromking -
      Rejoice to this GLORIOUS day!!!!!
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      iPhone 4 32GB on iOS 4.2.1 - Works perfectly. The lack of a swype trail doesn't really bug me, it works just fine without it.
    1. 14u2nv's Avatar
      14u2nv -
      Works fine with bite sms.
    1. truenorth's Avatar
      truenorth -
      Excited about this.
    1. ThaNatrix's Avatar
      ThaNatrix -
      I've been using it all day. So far it takes me longer to swype what I want than to type it normally. I'm not a swype dummy either, I was awesome at it on Android.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I would love that on my iphone.
    1. davshirley's Avatar
      davshirley -
      What? It shows 48 comments yet I only see one. What gives?
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by davshirley View Post
      What? It shows 48 comments yet I only see one. What gives?
      Same thing for me, i have been noticing this ever since the new design of MMi. The only way around this is if you click view original post just above the start of the comments. Click that and you will be able to view all of the comments. Very annoying, i know.
    1. milleung's Avatar
      milleung -
      works on 4.3.3
      I love it?
      though still hard to get some words
    1. sm.vassallo's Avatar
      sm.vassallo -
      Absolutely useless on the iPhone, I can type faster, totally inaccurate too.

      Works on android better but again faster to type, cool but swipe is just a gimmick and most probably why Apple will never implement it.
    1. kewty01's Avatar
      kewty01 -
      FINALLY!!..i've been waiting for the swype keyboard!!...thank you soo much!
    1. TTGator's Avatar
      TTGator -
      Ummm... just so you know... this is not Swype. Or not from the company Swype. Shares none of their code I'm told from an actual Swype dev. Just a hack and that's why it doesn't work as well as on other phones.
    1. Cokalola's Avatar
      Cokalola -
      Help, I don't understand how to install it..
      I got the file from mediafire but I don't understand step 1!!
      Pls help guys(: much appreciated ^^
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cokalola View Post
      Help, I don't understand how to install it..
      I got the file from mediafire but I don't understand step 1!!
      Pls help guys(: much appreciated ^^
      Click on it and click install and thats it
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      A step forward, something interesting to look forward to when it's finished being in beta

      I enjoy WyndWarrior's work, and this is just another amazing thing he has done for our community.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Causes my iPad 2 to go into safe mode when using it. No biggie. I type faster without it.
    1. J Sweeney's Avatar
      J Sweeney -
      This is great!
    1. RM305's Avatar
      RM305 -
      I use it and at times the blue tracer stays stuck on a word and tried to click space and goes into safemode.
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