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Business Insider

The 14 Hot Seattle Startups You Need To Watch

July 20, 2011

"Swype makes a software keyboard for touch screens that lets users enter text by swiping their fingers across the letters instead of typing, enabling speeds of up to 40 words per minute. It shipped on more than 26 million phones last year."

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cnet

How to get Swype on your Honeycomb tablet

July 20, 2011

"There you go! Now you have the world's most popular alternative keyboard app on your Android Honeycomb tablet. Happy Swyping!"

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Geek Wire

Swype Raises More Cash, Looks to Top 100 Million Installs

July 12, 2011

"Swype, which allows mobile device owners to input text with the swipe of a finger rather than the traditional tap, has pulled in an additional $2.5 million in venture capital financing from existing investors."

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Business Insider

Android Keyboard Maker Swype Closes $6 Million Round C

July 12, 2011

"Swype wants to become the only way to type on smart screen phones with its patent-pending technology. Users glide their fingers across all of the letters in a word in one continuous motion; Swype then types the right word."

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All Things DIgital

Exclusive: Swype Grabs More Money for its Virtual Keyboard Push

July 12, 2011

"The company estimates it is now on half of Android phones shipping and is still hoping to find its way onto other leading smartphones and tablets. Swype now has more than 80 employees and has added offices in Korea, North Carolina and the Boston area, in addition to its Seattle headquarters."

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Tecca

5 Best Alternative Keyboard Apps for Android

July 12, 2011

"This is widely considered the granddaddy of all alternative Android keyboards, and it's certainly the best known. Swype popularized a method of mobile text entry that is truly music to the fingers of any notoriously slow phone typist."

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Forbes

Taking The Pain Out Of Tablet Typing

July 8, 2011

"Washington-based Swype also lets users type by making fast, sweeping motions over virtual keyboards. Swype’s text input software gives users control over the size and placement of their tablet keyboards, as well."

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PC World

Put Your Tablet To Work

July 5, 2011

"Another great option is Swype, which lets you type without lifting your finger off the screen, and which many users report as giving outstanding results."

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Gizmodo

How To Find the Right Android Keyboard For You

June 28, 2011

"Swype is the most well known of the swiping keyboards, and with good reason. It's a fantastic keyboard, with very smooth swiping, a ton of hidden little shortcuts, and a huge dictionary that can read from your contacts and Facebook."

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Gizmodo

The Week’s Best Android Apps

June 17, 2011

"Swype 3.0 Beta: Swype, everyone's favorite Android keyboard, has a new 3.0 beta that introduces some new features like predictive tap (that's just as good as Swype's original engine) and for tablets, resizable keyboards, movable keyboards and more."

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Electricpig

June 16, 2011

“The most popular alternative Android keyboard, Swype, has just been updated to version 3.0 beta. In order to participate in the beta, you’ll need to register for a Swype account and be willing to live with a few kinks here and there. The reward for your time is an Android Honeycomb-compatible virtual keyboard rockstar.”

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Techshout

Swype 3.0 beta release works its magic on tablets

June 16, 2011

"Swype has been wowing every other touchscreen phone in need of a slice virtual keyboard for too long. The Swype 3.0 beta release is currently flaunting its powers of moveable QWERTY keypads and predictive text on a tablet through a promo on YouTube."

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Cnet

7 Swype keyboard tips for better Swyping

June 14, 2011

“Swype is one of the most popular alternative keyboards for Android devices. Here are seven tips for better Swyping:”

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Android Guys

Swype 3.0 Beta Released, Honeycomb Support and More…

June 14, 2011

"It's only been 18 months and already Swype has swiped its way past 50 million installs, revering itself as one of the most premiere keyboard replacements around. Now, with version 3.0 released, they are looking to increase those numbers by adding support for tablets running Honeycomb."

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gigaom

With 50M installs, Swype matures for phones, tablets

June 14, 2011

“Swype, a popular third-party keyboard for Android devices, has improved to version 3.0 with word prediction and a resizing function specific to Honeycomb tablets”

“The new Swype 3.0 may offer the best of both worlds, although I haven’t used it long enough to test the effectiveness of the word prediction.”

“The core competency of the Swype keyboard is the unique word tracing functionality, which is better suited for a smaller device such as a smartphone…The same use case doesn’t quite apply to larger screened devices…I suspect that’s part of the decision Swype has taken by adding tap word prediction to the new version — a small but smart change for a popular keyboard.”

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recombu

Swype 3.0 beta available now: Optimised for Android tablets, improved typo correction

June 14, 2011

"Our torrid love affair with Swype and SwiftKey continues unabated here at Recombu Towers. We like them both so much we can’t fully commit to one or the other. After SwiftKey recently wowed us with the beta of SwiftKey X, Swype has just batted a come hither look in our direction, showing off its sassy beta of Swype 3.0."

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Android Community

Swype 3.0 for Honeycomb BETA Review]

June 14, 2011

"While we’ve tried essentially every 3rd party and stock mobile keyboard in the book, Swype proves again here why they’re the people’s choice. Options on top of options, keyboards in several locations so that you might choose the best location for you, and a real understanding of how a keyboard on a tablet is used, for all sorts of different users. What the folks at Swype appear to be doing here is working with real users to find what keyboard they want to use the most instead of forcing a new user interface on the user each time they’ve picked up a new device."

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Device Magazine

Swype v3.0 Beta Version Released; Stop Typing, Try Swiping [Videos]

June 14, 2011

"Who wouldn’t love a concept like the Swype? Deployed on 26 million phones worldwide, Swype was made available in 50-plus countries last year. If what you have are over-sized fingers and something like a Galaxy Mini with limited touchscreen space, and no Swype to talk about, you would be texting in vain. Cheers to Swype for being such a life saver."

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Slash Gear

Swype 3.0 for Android 3.0 Honeycomb BETA Review

June 14, 2011

"Swype, as you know, is a keyboard system in which you’re able to either peck away as you normally would or slide your finger around the keyboard in a manner that will allow the system to predict and understand the words you’re typing. Pretty cool, yes? Now it’s about to be available for Android tablets, and everybody’s celebratin’!"

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PC Mag

Hands On: Swype 3.0 for Honeycomb Tablets

June 14, 2011

"Swype, a company that has always imagined typing a little differently, and has become popular on Android phones, has just launched version 3.0 of its software, the first to be optimized for phones and for tablets running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. After a couple of hours using it on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, I'm hooked,"

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Lifehacker

Swype 3 Adds Friendlier Text Prediction to the Gesture-Based Android Keyboard, Is Available for a Limited Time

June 14, 2011

"Swype, one of our favorite Android keyboards, is once again available to all, and its brought some pretty great improvements—namely a text prediction bar at the top of the keyboard, that makes typing and correcting mistakes a breeze."

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Tech Flash

New keyboard, tablet features in Swype 3.0 beta

June 13, 2011

"The heavily funded startup, led by CEO Mike McSherry, is on a roll these days. Most recently, Bellevue's Ignition Partners invested $3.5 million in the 70-person company."

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Droid Life

Swype Releases Version 3.0, Tablet Support And Tap Correction (Updated)

June 13, 2011

"So now would definitely be the time for all of our amazing readers who are a part of Swype’s Beta program to prepare for the newest Swype goodness."

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intomobile

Video: Swype 3.0 Beta released, encourages you to "stroke it and poke it"

June 13, 2011

"Their software allows you to input text by drawing a line across the letters that make up a word. It’s got a bit of a learning curve, but people who’ve become used to it say everything else on the market is simply inferior."

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engadget

Swype 3.0 gets Honeycomb support, intense promo video (video)

June 13, 2011

"The folks at Swype sure know how to get our attention. The Android keyboard app has always inspired us to get a bit dramatic, but we had no idea that predictive text and moveable QWERTY pads were this intense."

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Cnet

Swype 3.0 beta taps into new features

June 13, 2011

"Swype 3.0, the latest beta of a keyboard replacement app found in many Android phones, features two new notable features. It introduces predictive text for tapping, not just swiping, and a horizontal word choice list (following the Android model) that replaces the app's previous pop-up window for narrowing down your word selections."

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All Things Digital

Swype Keyboard Gets New Features in Software Update

June 13, 2011

"Swype, the maker of the speedy keyboard software, said on Monday that it has a new version of its beta that aims to make it even easier for those looking to enter text on their mobile devices."

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The New York Times

Phones as Gifts: How to Navigate a Maze of Choices

June 8, 2011

"Virtual keyboard phones are noticeably thinner and lighter and they often have Swype, a different style of typing that is fast once you become used to it."

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engadget

Toshiba Thrive – hands on (video)

June 7, 2011

"Moving along, the Thrive comes with Swype on board -- another tablet novelty -- though we tend to think this kind of keyboard is more useful on a phone because you can hold it one-handed and type with those same fingers."

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Cnet

LG Revolution VS910 (Verizon Wireless)

June 1, 2011

"As for the virtual keyboard, you can choose between LG's own keyboard or Swype. With the former, you can opt for sound and vibration feedback as well. The LG keyboard works well and offers choices for up to seven languages. Still, we preferred to use Swype most of the time."

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Mac Life

10 Android OS Features We Want for iOS

May 23, 2011

"Sure, the keyboards offered by iOS are easy to work with, but variety is the spice of life. Android allows you to install a multitude of different keyboards with a robust number of options."

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PC World

Samsung Galaxy S II Review: Stunning and Speedy

May 9, 2011

"The Samsung keyboard replaces the emoticon key on the Android keyboard with a return key, which is a more useful function, in my opinion. And Swype fanatics can rejoice: The Galaxy S II comes with everybody's favorite keyboard app preinstalled."

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Esquire

Sweetie, Me, and 4G

April 20, 2011

"As a stand-alone 4G phone the Atrix is beautiful. It has an extraordinarily sharp screen, a very fast processor, and it comes with Swype, the brilliant virtual keyboard that lets you type without lifting your finger from the screen."

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All Things Digital

Swype Grabs More Funding, Looks to Trace Path Into New Areas

March 31, 2011

"Swype, the Seattle company known for its fast text-entry method, is looking to speed its growth even further."

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Kushler / McSherry

A night at the Seattle 2.0 Awards: Watch the speeches of the 10 winners

May 6, 2011

Seattle’s startup community partied Thursday night at the annual Seattle 2.0 Awards, a celebration of the region’s top tinkerers, geeks, designers and investors.

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GeekWire

What’s next for Swype? Old-school ‘tapping’

March 24, 2011

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Android Central

Swype Android keyboard updated with a number of improvements

March 11, 2011

"The uber-popular Swype keyboard just got a pretty major update, and we think you're going to like this one."

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Mobile Crunch

Swype For Android Updated, Annoying Bugs Patched

March 11, 2011

"If you’re already a part of the beta, a fancy new build awaits. If you’re not, it looks like they’ve temporarily opened the Beta registration process back up."

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RCR Wireless

Emerging devices and the 'Internet of things'

March 1, 2011

"One area that needs drastic improvement in many of these new verticals for mobility is text input. Swype Inc., a text input solution for touch-screen devices, has seen a tremendous uptake on mobile devices."

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Seattle Times

State tech awards announced: Isilon, DocuSign, Swype and ...

February 25, 2011

"Consumer product or service of the year: Swype, which offers a text-input system for touchscreen devices"

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xconomy

DocuSign, Isilon, Swype and More Take Honors at WTIA Industry Achievement Awards

February 24, 2011

"Consumer Product or Service of the Year: Swype, a maker of text-input software for touch screens, which has inked plenty of deals with equipment manufacturers and wireless carriers to put its software on mobile devices. The company has venture backing from Samsung Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners, and Docomo Capital."

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Tech Flash

My picks for the WTIA awards

February 24, 2011

"Consumer Product or Service of the Year: Bonanza; Logos Bible Software; Swype. It seems like Logos Bible Software gets the nod in this category every year, but I don't think divine intervention will help this year against Swype. The Seattle startup, which allows mobile phone users to easily input text with the Swype of a finger, is on a major roll."

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Technology Review

Swype's Keyboard Alternative. The days of the QWERTY keyboard may be numbered.

February 22, 2011

"These days, however, people often use touchscreens, type with one hand or even one finger, and hold their devices at odd angles while they enter data. Swype hopes to create a system that fits those devices better, while still offering users enough familiarity to make them comfortable trying it out."

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Ubergizmo

Dell Streak 7 Review

February 21, 2011

"When it comes to productivity, the central nerve is the (virtual) keyboard, and I have to say that on a bigger screen, Swype rocks! If you are not familiar with Swype, it is a virtual keyboard with which could can “swipe” from one letter to the next instead of tapping. It is more accurate because your finger stays on the screen surface the whole time."

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PC Mag

Swype Working On Typing By Waving Hands In The Air

February 13, 2011

"At Mobile World Congress today I encountered touch-keypad firm Swype, who said they're working on a Kinect-like version that lets you type by waving your hands in the air."

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Seattle

Taking a Swype at Keyboard Antiquity

February 2, 2011

"Using 'predictive intelligence' that knows what it is you are trying to convey even before you have finished entering it, Seattle's Swype is changing the face of text entry forever. Not with a tap, mind you, but with a gesture."

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Discovery

Video: Discoveries

February 1, 2011

"Torres uses head tracking-software, as well as a Swype keyboard, found on many Android phones. He completed [the] complicated phrase in just under 90 seconds."

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Android Central

Quadriplegic sets world record with Swype

January 31, 2011

"Swype has opened a whole new world of communication for me that was previously tedious or impossible, making a huge difference in my life,” said Torres who uses Swype in his daily life to communicate via email, text messaging, and even Facebook."

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intomobile

Quadriplegic man sets World Record with Swype keyboard, using just his mouth!

January 31, 2011

"We all know that the Swype keyboard can be used to help you text message faster but it turns out it can help even if you’re not using hands. A quadriplegic man was able to use the Swype keyboard, headtracking software and a computer to set a new Guinness World record for fastest typing without using your hands."

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Seattle Times

Video: Quadriplegic sets new world record for text input

January 31, 2011

"A Texas man paralyzed by a hang-gliding accident used Swype with a special head-tracking device to set the record for fastest hands-free typing by someone paralyzed from the shoulders down."

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MSNBC

Quadriplegic man sets record for fastest hands-free typing

January 31, 2011

"Hank had a nice set-up to help achieve his record. In fact, we are learning about this because, along with a head-tracking system called TrackerPro and a PC, Hank uses the Swype software keyboard found on many Android phones.“Hank had a nice set-up to help achieve his record. In fact, we are learning about this because, along with a head-tracking system called TrackerPro and a PC, Hank uses the Swype software keyboard found on many Android phones.”

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Spiffy Award

Fourth Annual Telecom Council SPIFFY Award Winners Announced

February 25, 2011

Redwood City, CA, February 25, 2011 - The Service Provider members of the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley awarded 8 young telecom companies for their innovation, execution, management, and technologies at the annual SPIFFY Awards last night in Redwood City.

Members of the Service Provider Forum (SPIF) reviewed over 100 start-ups at Telecom Council meetings throughout 2010. Competition for these awards is stiff because all startups are screened by Telecom Council Steering Committees before they are selected to present to the SPIF or other Telecom Council meetings. Startups who present have been identified as having ideas, relevance, and traction that most appeal to our carriers from around the globe.

Over 25 carrier members voted on over 100 startup companies and the winners of the 2011 SPIFFY Awards are:

  • The Edison Award for Most Innovative Start-Up goes to Motally.
  • The Ground Breaker Award for Engineering Excellence goes to Violin Memory.
  • The Graham Bell Award for Best Communication Solutions goes to Aegis Mobility.
  • The San Andreas Award for Most Disruptive Technology goes to AirHop Communications.
  • The Core Award for Best Fixed Telecom Opportunity goes to Lithium Technologies.
  • The Zephyr Award for Best Mobile Opportunity goes to BOKU.
  • The Prodigy Award for the Most Successful SPiF Alumni is Swype.

  • The People’s Choice Award for the Technology Which Excited the Telecom Community the Most goes to Violin Memory.
  • The Fred & Ginger Award for Most Supportive Carrier goes to Sprint for the active role of their Silicon Valley-based team in supporting telecom entrepreneurs.

President of Telecom Council, Liz Kerton said proudly of the 25 SPIF carriers and the 2010 crop of startups, “2010 was a great year for innovation in telecom; we all applaud these winners for their contributions to the future of our industry.” The Telecom Council looks forward to presenting many more telecom startups to the industry in 2011.

About Telecom Council

The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley is Where Telecom Meets Innovation. We connect the companies who are building communication networks, with the people and ideas that are creating it – by putting those companies, research, ideas, capital, and human expertise from across the globe together in the same room. Last year, The Telecom Council connected over 1,000 executives from 500 telecom companies and 25 fixed and wireless carriers across 40 meeting topics. By joining, speaking, sponsoring, or simply participating in a meeting, there are many ways telecom companies of any size can use the Telecom Council network. For more information and to join our invitation list, visit www.telecomcouncil.com.

CNN Tech

The man who reinvented the keyboard -- twice

January 5, 2011

Cliff Kushler wants to talk to dolphins. But in the meantime, he'll settle for helping humans communicate better.

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Wirefly

Wirefly’s Top 10 Cell Phones for 2010 and Predictions for 2011

January 5, 2011

Wirefly is #1 online retailer of cell phones in US. They DON’T carry iPhone. Using them as an industry proxy, Swype was preloaded on 6 of top 11 (10 above + iPhone) phones sold in US during holiday season.

Life Hacker

Swype Gesture-Based Android Keyboard Now Available to All

December 21, 2010

“Android: Swype used to be available only to those who managed to luck into a fairly restricted beta. It's now open, at least for the moment, to anyone who registers and happens to have a compatible phone.”

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Switched

Swype Beta for Android opens up again -- don't miss out this time!

December 21, 2010

“Swype, by far the best on-screen input method for Android phones, is yet again available to download…You can now sign up on the Swype Beta for Android website, and installation details will be emailed to you instantly.”

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Andronica

Swype Opens Their Beta Program

December 20, 2010

“Swype is quite an elegant solution to the problems of touchscreen typing…Swype keeps the traditional keyboard layout, but changes how you interact with it. Just draw a continuous line from letter to letter. Swype has made headlines because it can greatly improve text input speed, and has led to a world record.”

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Read Write Web

One of the "Killer Apps for Android," Swype Opens Its Beta

December 20, 2010

Oh, the war of words between iPhone and Android fans. How it has preoccupied us this year. I won't take sides now. I own both. (Don't judge.) But I will say this: if you're an Android user, you might want to go now and join Swype's beta. And prepare to have something amazing in your arsenal when you boast about the superiority of the Android phone.

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Gizmodo

Get the Swype Keyboard For Your Android Phone Now

December 20, 2010

“Swype has been my favorite way to type on an Android phone, but it's been kinda limited in what phones can run the keyboard software. Until now! All you have to do is register at Swype and download.”

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Innovation of the Year: Swype, fast mobile text-input technology.

December 8, 2010

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Flashes

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Clarion Ledger

SWYPE typing takes some practice

November 21, 2010

“It's amazing… After a week with this device, I've learned it has a smooth interface and good battery life after a day of heavy use. The corporate e-mail was a breeze to set up and, of course, all your Google and social media accounts are even easier.”

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USA Today

Galaxy Tab vs. iPad: Samsung device is a worthy opponent

November 11, 2010

“You can type on a mediocre virtual keyboard or use a fast alternative called Swype, in which you don't lift your finger until you've traced a path over the keyboard to write a word.”

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Scobleizer

First look at Aro: another example of why chaos on Android is good

October 25, 2010

“But where is chaos good? Well, two companies demonstrate how chaos is good: The first is Swype, which makes a much better keyboard for some Android devices…it’s so much faster than other virtual keyboards.”

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Android Guys

Swype now available for Symbian^3 devices [N8 and C7 users, that's you]

October 18, 2010

“Swype is here to stay as well, coming bundled with more and more devices, especially on those from Samsung, and with support for around 40 languages, this isn’t just something for Americans to play with.”

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Light Reading

CTIA 2010: Swyped Away

October 8, 2010

“I met startup Swype Inc. at last year's CTIA when it had one beta app, 15 employees, and 15 languages for its alternative touchscreen keypad. Now, the company has 20 devices launched across 50 countries with 40 languages, 45 employees, and $6.6 million in funding. Oh, and two world records for the fastest text message on a touchscreen phone.”

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Android Guys

Swype Celebrates Successes

October 6, 2010

“One of the hottest soft keyboards available for Android, Swype, is less than a year old and… has become a favorite pre-loaded keyboard option.”

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RCR Wireless

Spotlight on: Swype

September 17, 2010

“With 42 employees on board now, the company shows all the signs of a startup on the verge of that coveted next phase of growth (and profitability). “

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The Inquirer

Swype appears on Symbian

September 2, 2010

“THE FASTER TEXTING SOFTWARE Swype has found its way onto the Symbian mobile phone operating system. The software allows one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard to input text, which means you can input words faster.”

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Mobile Crunch

Symbian peeps can now have at Swype

September 2, 2010

Texting has never been so much fun, thanks to the high-speed magic of the keyboard that could: Swype. But I know there are a lot of sad pandas out there who want to Swype, but just can’t because they own a Nokia. Well, you can turn that frown upside down, matey, as Swype is now available for S60 5th Edition through Nokia Beta Labs!

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Associated Press

Samsung Galaxy S phones have star power

August 18, 2010

I was also jazzed to see that each of the phones includes Swype, a new third-party application that lets you type on virtual keyboards by simply swiping your finger around from one letter to the next. Swype alone is almost a good enough reason to get a Galaxy S phone. It's only available on a handful of handsets so far, but given how quickly and accurately you can type with it — much faster than pecking away one letter at a time — I bet it will be on tons of touch-screen phones within a year.” –

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Datamation

10 Apps to Optimize Your Smartphone - #1 Swype

August 16, 2010

"That was before I discovered Swype. Preloaded on many Motorola and Samsung smartphones, Swype simplifies text entry by transforming hunting and pecking into a fluid – as the name implies – swipe.”

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Fortune

Samsung Epic 4G review: Blackberry upgrader's dream

August 16, 2010

“ You won't miss a beat with the keyboard but you may find yourself using the very capable stock and Swype software keyboards more and more, especially in one-handed portrait mode. Consider it software keyboard training wheels.”

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Gizmodo

Sprint Epic 4G Review: The Best 4G Phone

August 16, 2010

“The 4-inch Epic 4G screen is only slightly smaller—and so it's equally usable—but that's not the best way there is to type on the screen. For that, you should enable Swype. It is, without a doubt, the best way to enter text onto this phone via the screen, and rivals the speed of the hardware keyboard.”

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New York Times Magazine

The Promise and Peril of ‘Smart’ Keyboards

August 13, 2010

“Ready to quit qwerty? For the Android, try Swype, which lets you slide fingers from letter to letter instead of jabbing them.”

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jkOnTheRun

Virtual Keyboard Makes Smudges a Must

August 10, 2010

“What if your on-screen typing was faster and more enjoyable? Thanks to a smart keyboard called Swype, your virtual keyboard can do something your smartphone number pad can’t do: Let you type without lifting a finger…typing can be more accurate, feels faster—and more entertaining—the more you use it.”

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jkOnTheRun

Can AT&T’s Newest Android Phone Captivate Like an iPhone? Yes!

August 2, 2010

“The handset has many more features — too many to list here in detail, but the ones that impress include stereo Bluetooth 3.0, customizable system fonts, DLNA support, a 6-axis accelerometer and the very useful Swype input method. In fact, I like Swype and even Samsung’s keyboard over the stock Android input method, but you can choose between the three.”

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Computer World

5 Ways the Droid X Beats the iPhone

July 15, 2010

“Swype is a nifty alternative keyboard that lets you quickly swipe your finger across a keyboard, spelling words, rather than having to tap. It’s amazingly fast and amazingly accurate. It’s built right into the Droid X. It’s not built into the iPhone 4.”

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USA Today

Vibrant, Captivate Galaxy S Smartphone are Worth a Look

July 15, 2010

“They do offer the clever Swype-style keyboards: Rather than lifting your finger as you normally would after pecking each letter or key in a word, you don't lift your finger until you've finished with a word.”

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The Street

5 IPOs Tech Needs NOW

July 13, 2010

“Swype makes a touch-screen typing application that lets you drag your finger from key to key rather than tap out the letters. Users say they find Swype faster and more accurate.”

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ARS Technica

Hands-on: Swype keyboard for Android is sweeptastic

July 9, 2010

“After spending two weeks with the Swype software, I never want to go back to using a regular touchscreen keyboard. It is a shockingly effective input system that tangibly increases typing speed and accuracy.

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PC World

Samsung Galaxy S Shines: First Impressions

June 30, 2010

“In hands-on tests at the well-attended press event, the on-screen keyboard on the Vibrant for T-Mobile and the Epic 4G for Sprint were responsive and quick. Especially welcome is the Swype application for the on-screen keyboard.”

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eWeek

Motorola Droid X is Full of Promise, Problems

June 29, 2010

“Thankfully, Motorola also added the outstanding Swype on-screen keyboard to the Droid X, introducing drag typing to the smartphone… I found my typing speed improved 10 to 20 percent, with improved accuracy.”

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Switched

Swype App Makes Texting on Android Phones a Breeze

June 24, 2010

“It's easy to forget that Swype is a third-party app, as it becomes so ingrained in the text-input aspects of the phone. The efficiency boost caused by Swype is hard to deny, and it's difficult to go back to any other method of text entry. “

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cnet

Swype looks beyond Droid X to the iPhone

June 24, 2010

“With the Droid X firmly in the Swype camp, the company is looking beyond Motorola to license its technology. And it has its sights set on Apple's iPhone.”

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PC Mag

Motorola Droid X (Verizon Wireless)

June 24, 2010

“The Droid X's keyboard is perfectly adequate, enhanced by the cultish Swype text-entry method, which lets you quickly write words without picking up your finger.”

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Reuters

Swype hits Droid, eyes iPhones for future

June 23, 2010

“With its technology already in smartphones like Motorola Inc’s Droid X, start-up Swype is setting its sights on helping consumers type more easily on billions of phones, including iPhones."

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The Street

5 Big Blemishes for the Apple iPhone 4

June 23, 2010

“Apple did wonders with the touchscreen, but Swype makes it more useful for those among us who like to type.”

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The Street

12 Cool Android Apps: Flash, Virtual Vuvuzela & More

June 23, 2010

“Swype is the best input method for smartphones, period…I've tested it on a number of smartphones and have found that it is super fast, accurate and fun to use…As Beta testers, we have found that Swype works perfectly on the Nexus One, HTC Droid Incredible and the Evo 4G. We highly recommend it.”

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New York Times

The Swype Revolution?

June 20, 2010

“What is Swype? It’s a new way to enter text, invented expressly for touch-screen phones.”

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Swype Reinvents Typing on Touch-Screen Phones - The New York Times

June 20, 2010

SEATTLE — Back in the 1990s, typing out “hello” on most cellphones required an exhausting 13 taps on the number keys, like so: 44-33-555-555-666.

That was before the inventor Cliff Kushler, based here in Seattle, and a partner created software called T9, which could bring that number down to three by guessing the word being typed.

Now there is a new challenge to typing on phones. More phones are using virtual keyboards on a touch screen, replacing physical buttons. But pecking out a message on a small piece of glass is not so easy, and typos are common.

Mr. Kushler thinks he has a solution once again. His new technology, which he developed with a fellow research scientist, Randy Marsden, is called Swype, and it allows users to glide a finger across the virtual keyboard to spell words, rather than tapping out each letter.

While many smartphones have features that auto-complete words, correct typos on the fly and add punctuation, Mr. Kushler is aiming for the next level.

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Mobile Tech Manor #93: An App a Day

June 18, 2010

“The best app I found this week was Swype, a touch keyboard that turns tapping on a keyboard to enter text into an amazing experience. Words are entered by swiping over the keys to spell the word, and Swype figures out uncannily what word is desired.”

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Technologizer

Swype for the Masses

June 16, 2010

“One of the most essential pieces of software on my Droid is Swype, the astonishing–yes, astonishing–utility that lets you enter text by whipping your finger around the on-screen keyboard as fast as you can go.”

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Symbian Foundation – the future of mobile

By JBC, Nokia Conversations

November 10, 2009

ESPOO, Finland – Things are moving on apace at The Symbian Foundation, as Shaun Puckrin, head of developer services at the Foundation told us this morning. The first handsets running S^2 should be appearing in the first half of 2010, but it’ll be the second half when we’ll see a big leap through the release of the first S^3 based devices. Right now there are 466 features being developed for S^3 and S^4 and we’ve had a little insight into what kind of things we can expect to see.

Open source is the foundation of The Symbian Foundation and industry collaboration is helping to rapidly develop a new generation of mobile operating system. As Shaun says, "it’s about the community building the ideas". He highlights Swype as an example of this in practice. The company’s finger-tracing text entry is innovative on its own, but as part of a wider project it can become a key part of the new operating system.

NFC (Near Field Communications) plays a key part of the next generation of Symbian. Expected to first appear in S^3 and S^4 handsets NFC will be fully integrated and have an API for developers to integrate it in other products. This would make it easier for devices to pair with stereos at home, your car or as we’ve seen, as a payment device. The social web, too, plays a part. Rather than viewing it in silos as tends to happen now, The Symbian Foundation folks are working on a social web API that’ll enable manufacturers and developers to easily integrate key social sites right into the device. Facebook friends in your contacts list anyone?

Thanks to a new graphics engine, we can expect to see a big jump in the user interface too. "Surfaces" enable users to quickly and easily get access to the information they want and in the demo, which isn’t a working example, it certainly looks pretty cool.

Overall, not only does everything at The Symbain Foundation look to be on track, but it’s gathering some serious momentum.

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Taking a Swype at Touch Screens

Julie H. Case/ Seattle Business Monthly

September 1, 2009

Think of it like this: If your old-fashioned stylus allowed you to draw rather barbaric shapes by running your finger or pen across a touch screen, Swype allows you to spell out "barbaric" by merely running your finger from letter to letter

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Why your next phone could have Swype's keyboard

Josh Lowensohn / CNET

June 1, 2009

Keyboard technology may not seem as exciting as faster microprocessors, massive displays, or ever-decreasing form factors, but in many ways it's just as important to computing. Seattle-based Swype is trying to leave its mark on the evolution of user input by making "pecking" at keys obsolete.

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Swype Nominated for a 2008 Crunchie

TechCrunch

January 10, 2009

Swype was nominated in the Best Technology Innovation/Achievement category where we eventually lost to Microsoft's Live Mesh and Facebook Connect. I guess if you have to lose, you'd rather lose to these guys...

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AdReady, Swype, TeachStreet Win WTIA Awards

Xconomy

May 28, 2009

Seattle-area software startups AdReady, Swype, and TeachStreet won "best in show" at the Washington Technology Industry Association’s Fast Pitch Forum and Tech Showcase yesterday.

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Techcrunch50 - Swype one of 5 top finalists

Techcrunch50

September 11, 2008

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TC 50- Swype looks sweet!

Viddler

September 9, 2008

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Swype's new keyboard technology

CNET News

September 9, 2008 – T9 developer Cliff Kushler has developed a new keyboard entry method for touchscreen devices. We tried it. It's awesome.

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SWYPE The Next Generation of Text Input

Techzulu

September 9, 2008 – Newly launched Swype unveiled a powerful technology today at the TechCrunch50 event that will change the way people input text on any screen.

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TechCrunch50: Here's What We're Watching

PCMAG.com

September 9, 2008 – Upstart technology conference TechCrunch50 (TC50) kicked off its second annual event under foggy San Francisco skies Monday morning with a lineup of 52 early-stage startup companies (and their technologies).

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TechCrunch50: Swype is new way to type

Swype won over judges with a new technology...

September 9, 2008 – At a product demonstration event hosted by the MIT Venture Lab three months ago, Swype won over judges (I was among them) with a new technology that allowed mobile phone users to input text using a finger by drawing lines between letters on a keypad.

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TC50: Get ready for a revolution in mobile phones

Swype turns a stylus into a keyboard

September 9, 2008 – Usage of SMS and chat on mobile phones is growing by leaps and bounds, but there’s nothing quite as painful as trying to type out a long message on a keypad or touch interface. Swype is the one company I’ve seen that might be able to change that.

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A rant on risk: Swype vs. Fitbit

CNET News weighs in.

September 9, 2008 – After the last on-stage pitch at the TechCrunch50 conference on Tuesday, co-host Jason Calacanis asked the assembled panel of four judges which of two companies, Fitbit or Swype, they would invest a million dollars in, if those were their only options.

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T9 Founder Announces Creation of Swype, a User-Friendly Technology for Text Input on Any Screen

Company and Technology Launched at TechCrunch50 Event Where it Was Honored as One of Top 50 New Technology Companies

Seattle, WA – September 9, 2008 – Swype unveiled a new technology that will change the way people input text on any screen today at the TechCrunch50 event in San Francisco, where it was recognized as one of the top 50 new technology companies of 2008. Created by Cliff Kushler, the co-inventor of the T9 predictive text technology which is used on almost three billion phones worldwide, Swype provides a faster and easier way to input text on any screen

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TC50: Swype, Truly Gesture-based Data Entry

Swype is an amazing gesture-based data entry system that truly blew our collective minds at TC, CG, and MC.

Seattle, WA – San Francisco, September 9, 2008 To type, you simply connect letters together using a stylus or finger and predictive text to pick letters and words out of seemingly unintelligible squiggles.

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Move over T9, here comes Swype

The inventor of the T9 keyboard technology for numeric keypads, Cliff Kushler, is back in the game..

September 9, 2008 The inventor of the T9 keyboard technology for numeric keypads, Cliff Kushler, is back in the game with a new alphanumeric entry technology for today's devices: touch-screen laptops and smartphones. His new technology, Swype, is quite simple to use, although beneath the user interface there's a lot going on.

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Swype, truly compelling gesture-based mobile data entry

CRUNCHGEAR

September 9, 2008 To type, you simply connect letters together using a stylus or finger and predictive text to pick letters and words out of seemingly unintelligible squiggles.

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Swype – T9’s next generation arrives

But is it any good? Well, I think with Swype, you need to see it to believe it.

September 9, 2008 I haven’t, yet. But I intend popping by their stand to find out more. Swype will, it’s founders contend, change the way people input text on any screen at all. I’m well up for a good solution.

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