The beta flavor of Swype for Symbian, the application the Swype team developed in collaboration with Nokia’s Beta Labs engineers, has just got enhanced with support for a wider range of languages.
Swype provides a faster and easier way to input text on any screen. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard, the patented technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods—at over 40 words per minute. The application is designed to work across a variety of devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, virtual screens and more.
“The team behind the Swype for Symbian beta has today released three extra language packs: European French, German, and Polish. More languages will be added as they become available,” a recent post on Nokia Beta Labs reads.
Before you install one of the new language packs, please ensure that the main Swype application is installed first, and that the phone’s Writing Language fits with one of Swype’s supported languages.
Since Swype has its own language selection, the team recommends that you set the phone’s Writing Language to English, then use Swype to change the language dictionary in use for writing.
With the 12-key numeric keypad appearing on 95% of all handsets shipped, it is easy to take input interface technologies on the mobile phones for granted but popularity of new keyless handset signals that mobile phones as we know them may soon be a thing of the past?
As the touch-sensitive screens are becoming ever more popular in the high-end market and as the handsets feature-set continue to expand, and the number and variety of applications on phones grows, the mechanisms for interacting and controlling them are put under ever-greater strain and the user demand for ease of use has never been greater!
Interfaces, such as motion sensing, haptics, multitouch, advanced voice recognition capabilities and evolutions to predictive text functionality are set to boost data entry efficiencies and introduce a level of multimodality never before experienced on a mobile phones!
T9 technology has set the bar for mobile usability, creating mobile user experiences that help drive consumer demand for and use of mobile communications devices and services but now we need something similar for the touchscreen based phones.
Check out the official Swype for Symbian page for download information.