Wednesday 23 June 2010

THE NEW PREDICTIVE TEXT SOFTWARE FOR MOBILE USERS-'SWYPE'


Few years back, typing out a simple word “india” on most cellphones required an exhausting 11 taps on the number keys, like so: 444-66-3-444-2.

Now this kind of tapping out a text message could become a past due to new 'Swype' technology.

Nowadays more phones are using virtual keyboards on a touch screen by replacing physical buttons.

The predictive text software T9 has been previously invented by Mr Kushler, which guesses the word people are thinking of as they text, and 'Swype' is the next step.

Instead of pressing individual letters, mobile users can just drag their finger from one letter to the other in a faster motion.It allows users to move a finger effortlessly across the virtual keyboard to spell words, rather than tapping out each letter.

The result is that the device calculates the intended word at a faster speed than it could be typed out.The computer then calculates which word was intended by the combination of the letters touched upon.

The movements do not even have to be precise because the software can work it out.Swype’s software detects where a finger pauses and changes direction as it traces out the pattern of a word.

The movements do not have to be exact because the software calculates which words a user is most likely trying to spell.In Swype demonstrations, hurdles like capitals and double letters are overcome by pausing or doing a squiggle, while spacing and punctuation are automatic.

Swype is now being used on seven smartphones in the United States, across all major wireless carriers, including the HTC HD2 and the Samsung Omnia II.

By the end of the year, the software will be on more than 50 models worldwide, said by the company.It is tinkering with software for the iPhone and the iPad and hopes to show it to Apple soon.

To make money, Swype charges phone makers a licensing fee for each device sold. It also sees opportunity in add-ons.


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