Swype Adds Crowd-Sourced Dictionaries for Better Word Prediction
Android: Swype, one of your favorite Android keyboards, has been pressed to update in the face of heavy competition from other keyboards. This week the Swype team announced that the latest version of Swype no longer requires you sign up and register to download it, and includes a new "living language" feature that rolls in crowd-sourced dictionaries, so words like "hashtag" and "instagram" are already in your dictionary without you having to add them.
The new "living language" feature automatically updates your dictionary periodically with popular words added by other users. Think terms like "Roku" and "CES" without having to add them yourself first. In addition to crowdsourced dictionaries, the update also improves the "hotwords" feature, which automatically adds words to your dictionary imported from newspapers, magazines, and other popular media outlets.
Finally, the new Swype beta includes voice and text support for several new languages and improved cloud support for personal and custom dictionaries. This means it's easier for you to add your own custom words, then have those words backed up so you can get them on other Android devices running Swype. You can grab the latest version at the link below—finally, no registration required.