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Swype 3.0 for Honeycomb BETA Review

We've got our hands on the brand new Swype 3.0 as it exists in beta, up for testing for Honeycomb devices. This beta is available to everyone who signs up for the program and you're freely welcomed to try it out for yourself at your own risk through Swype's own homepage. That said, let's have a demonstration / review look at this newest edition of the system and decide whether it's up to the task, the task being screens as big as your head!

Swype 3.0 Beta Released with Honeycomb Support, we go Hands-on

The guys at Swype have just released the latest version of the popular 3rd party keyboard for Android. Many new features are included with this latest beta (v3.0) and some of those include predictive tap as well as Honeycomb support for you tablet users. The tablet version can even be re-sized as well as moved to left, right or center screen for your convenience. We have all seen or used Swype for our phones so I took a few photos using it on my Honeycomb tablet just to show you all.

Samsung Galaxy S II updated: Swype swiftness, auto-brightness fix

Samsung's Galaxy S II may be fresh to the market, but that hasn't stopped the company's engineers from pushing out updates. In fact, we've seen two firmware updates arrive through Samsung's Kies app in short order, bringing the GSII up to i9100XWKE2. The first left Swype more responsive and apparently also addressed some connectivity issues, while the second fixed the Galaxy S II's automatic brightness. The firmware is also rootable, which is good news for those looking forward to all the third-party hacks we're promised. You'll need to hook your Galaxy S II up to Kies in order to download the update - we've tried through the smartphone's onboard firmware update tool, and it can't find any new builds. Let us know how you get on in the comments, and if you're still on the fence regarding the GSII then check out our full review!

OTA updates for Samsung Epic 4G, Transform and Galaxy Tab coming

A pretty strong indication of an over the air (OTA) update to the Samsung Epic 4G, Transform, and even the Galaxy Tab popped up on the interwebs today in the form of a screen shot from Sprint's website. The intended upgrades includes the Epic 4G moving up to Android 2.2.1 (Froyo) as well as some 2.2 yogurty goodness for the Samsung Transform. Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab joins the Epic 4G and Transform with a little nip and tuck courtesy of a Sprint ID update that will provide for a package of wallpapers, ringtones and apps to bring it up to where the current state of the art is for Sprint and Samsung.

Swype for Android Beta Registration Back Open, Update Patched

This fabulous system which I myself still cannot for the life of my get the hang of used to be a brand whose product was not quite compatible with Android. Then the APKs started getting out. Beta testers were in play, but many more people with the app had the app without technically having official access to the app. To combat (for some odd reason or another) the use of this app without permission, Swype instilled a login system that'd supposedly block the people who weren't supposed to be in, out. Now there's an update.

Swype’s new Global Shortcuts bypass Google’s search box [Video]

Google may be all about search, but it looks like Swype is hoping to usurp their search box as the easiest way to find things on Android devices. The company showed Android Community an upcoming version of the app which adds text-based global shortcut support: type your search term into any text box, double tap it and then use Swype commands to trigger new Twitter and Facebook messages, Google Maps searches, and more. So, if you're texting someone to invite them for a drink and you want to find the nearest coffee shop, you could Swype in "coffee shop" into the body of your SMS, highlight it, and then gesture from the Swype key up to G then M. Swype will automatically load Google Maps and search for that term. When the new version ships, Swype will preload a selection of shortcuts, but also allow users to define their own. Meanwhile, the app also gets multi-tap text entry support, useful for those who ever have been frustrated by trying to Swype in non-dictionary words. The app switched seamlessly between the two modes with no settings changed. More in the video below. [vms b30aa72ca258a3483cc7]

Swype Sends Distribution Rules to XDA

Ruh roh! Are everyone one of the XDA Developers going to be arrested? No way man. The administrators sent a request to the developers of Swype asking them to grab an official statement for their stance on what constitues legal distribution of Swype and what didn't. What do they end up saying? Mostly no, don't do that, don't ever do that, you jerk dudes. On the other hand they do mention something along the lines of "we also feel that the enthusiast community is valuable to the long-term success of our business." That sounds promising. Is it?

Swype Beta Re-Opens for a Limited Time

For everyone who missed out on the last opening of the Swype beta, there is some good news to report this afternoon. Swype for Android has received an update as well as had its beta re-opened to the public.
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