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Swype for iPhone and iPad Now Available in Cydia

You’d all be familiar with Swype if you’ve ever used an Android phone, or a Symbian v3 phone for that matter. It’s the easy alternative to text input on a mobile device that involves tracing a path on the on-screen keyboard to create a word. Like you’re drawing something and then it turns in to a word. Now, Swype is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, courtesy of Cydia and works exactly as how it works on Android.

Swype is definitely much easier than traditional text input method and faster too, but to get used to it will take some time. If you’re a new user, then you’ll probably need a day or two to get used to Swype and start swyping. A developer was successful in porting Swype to iOS and although it’s still in beta version, it works great. Of course you’ll need a jailbroken iPhone or iPad to install this and you’ll need to add a new repo too.

This Swype jailbreak app will not work with other SMS apps such as BiteSMS or others and will only function with the stock apps like Messages, Notes, Spotlight et cetera. It’s pretty easy to install and use and if you’ve not jailbroken your iOS device yet, why don’t you follow this JailbreakMe 3.0 tutorial.

Alright, so let’s get started.

  • Open Cydia on your iOS device.
  • Go to Manage>Sources and then select Edit and Add till a dialog box opens asking for input.
  • The Swype repo is http://wynd.x10.mx/repo. Once it’s loaded, go back to the list of all your repos and select the one that you just added.
  • There are only three apps, the last one is Swype. The current version available is 0.2.0, select it and install. Once installed it’ll ask to Restart Springboard.
  • After the restart, you should be able to use the Swype text input method on your iOS device and treated to those blue tracing lines.

Remember this is still in beta stage, and may not work sometimes, but you can always use the normal text input method. I really enjoyed using Swype, now it’s your turn to try it out and not be the one who’s left out while among Android users.

Do let us know if you prefer Swype to the regular text input method.

Sliding Keyboard for Windows Phone 7, Swype Alternative

If you’re a Windows Phone 7 user, you must be quite disappointed that you’re not able to enjoy any Swyping on your keyboard. By Swyping I mean, the Swype Keyboard that lets you input words by joining the letters in a swiping action, rather than just typing each letter. It’s supposed to faster than normal typing, and Windows Phone 7 hasn’t been getting any Swype love till now. Sliding Keyboard is a Swype alternative for Windows Phone 7 and works pretty much like the latter, but isn’t as awesome as it.

Sliding Keyboard

Sliding Keyboard has the looks of the stock Windows Phone 7 keyboard, but adds to it the functionality to connect words in a swiping or sliding gesture. This is a proven method for faster text input, hence I’m sure all those WP7 users out there would want to try it out. Recently Swype V3 was released that came with better word recognition and dictionary, which made it even better and faster than before. Do not expect the same from Sliding Keyboard, because it’s just the beginning to a whole new world of sliding through WP7 keyboard.

With Sliding Keyboard installed, you can also use e-mail addresses and texts to start an e-mail or even search Bing directly via your keyboard. If you just changed your religion from Android to Windows Phone 7, then this is certainly going to help you overcome your loss.

The Sliding Keyboard for Windows Phone 7 is not a free app and will cost you $1.29. There is however a free trial that you can download to see for yourself it’s worth the $1.29 price tag. Sharpen your sliding skills and get ready to slide some words across your Windows Phone 7 keyboard.

Download Sliding Keyboard for Windows Phone 7. You’ll also need Zune software to download and install it.

Are you or have you ever used Swype Keyboard? If so, did you find it better and faster than the conventional keyboard and would you give this a try?(WP7 users)