Swype Beta update

Fans of the popular Android virtual keyboard Swype will be happy to know that the company has made a new Beta apk available for download for registered Beta testers. The update includes a number of device-specific and universal bug fixes, as well as a great deal of improvement in regards to issues caused by international support.

The company sent out an email with download instructions and links, which must be accessed from an Android device by a registered Beta tester. If you want to get in on the drag-to-type action, sign up for the beta here.

Changes in the new version:

Added German and Portuguese languages
Added the auto-space suppression short-cut gesture: Swype from the spacebar to backspace
Added the quick language switch short-cut gesture: Swype from the Swype Key to the Q key
Improved the word prediction algorithm to provide better support for additional languages
Improved handling of several gesture collisions, including want/wasn’t, to/too and others
The Android IME no longer sometimes hangs/crashes when Swype scrapes the user’s address book for dictionary entries
Tips and help menus now accessible when a password field is active
Backspace now works in applications which use raw key input instead of an editable text field (e.g. terminal emulator)
The single character “i” is no longer incorrectly auto-capitalized in non-English languages (reported by many of you!)
Tons of other minor bug-fixes, including many device-specific issues