Let Me Show You What I Think is the Best Texting App for Android Powered Phones!
4-17-14 Update: I’m thrilled to announce that this app is now available in the Google Play store. There is a free version called “Swype Keyboard Free” but the free version is actually a trial version and it will only work for 30 days. There is also a paid version that will cost you $3.99 that is simply called “Swype Keyboard”. This means that the instructions that I’ve provided in this article for how you can install the beta version are no longer applicable. Now, you just have to download the app from within the Play Store app on your Android powered smartphone or tablet and select Swype as your preferred keyboard in the settings section on your device.
I don’t know about you but for me the seemingly simple task of entering a text message can sometimes take forever. I just can’t believe how some people are so unbelievably fast at entering text messages. You should see my teenagers send a text message! Honestly, I have no idea how they do it so fast! As a matter of fact, I cringe a little bit whenever someone sends me a text message because I know that I’m going to have to stop whatever I’m doing to text them back and I know that it’s going to take me a while.
Today I would like to tell you about what I believe is the best texting app for Android. The name of this app is called Swype Android Beta. The Swype app is really quite revolutionary! It provides a radically different way of inputting text into touch screen smartphones. Instead of trying to position my big fat thumbs on the the tiny keys on my Android touchscreen, I simply slide my finger across the screen.
If I want to enter the word hello, I start with my finger or thumb on the letter “h” and then without lifting my finger I slide to “e”, then to “l”, scribble on the “l” key again and slide to “o”. It does take some getting use to but it really is so much faster. I predict that someday everyone will use Swype to enter their text messages.
Here’s a short video that shows you what I’m talking about. Because this form of entering text messages is so radically different than what most people are used to, I think you’ll agree that it’s really much easier to understand this concept if you see it demonstrated in a video. Have a look at this video and you’ll see what I mean. It’s less than two minutes in length.
How To Download This Android Texting App
If you would like to find out if this really is the best texting app for Android, you’ll need to download it and try it out. Unfortunately the app is still in the beta testing phase so you can’t install it from the Google Play website. I have to admit that I must have taken a stupid pill this morning because it took me FOREVER to figure out how to install Swype on my new Android powered HTC Thunderbolt.
Now that I realize what I was doing wrong, it would be very easy to install if I had to do it over again.
- Go the the website www.swypeinc.com.
- Register for a free account. You’ll need to provide an email address and it should be one that you can access from your android phone.
- Next, go and check your email and find the email that Swype just sent you. Open the email and click on the link inside it to activate your Swype account.
- Next, log into the Swype website with your account information. Logging in will automatically cause their system send you another email.
- This time, you’ll have to log in and check your email with your Android phone. When you find this second email, it will have a link in it that you can click on. This will open your Android web browser and take you to a page that says it’s downloading the Swype installer. This is where I got hung up. What happened was a brief message popped up that said “Starting Download” but then it went away and I didn’t know if anything actually got downloaded. After fiddling with my phone for quite some time (hours), I figured out that while your browser is open, you click Menu > Settings > More > Downloads. This is where you will find a file called Swype-installer.apk. You’ll want to click on this file and this will start the Swype installer.
- Follow the onscreen instructions from here on out and you should be good to go.
- The last thing you’ll need to do is tell your phone that you would rather use the Swype keyword than the default Android keyboard. On my phone I simply clicked Menu –> Settings –> Language & Keyboard and then selected Swype as the keyboard that I wanted to use.
- Then you have to enable Swype and click “Generate License”. In this step, you enter your Swype login details. After you do that, it should be ready to go!
Have fun playing with it! I know I sure am! I used to dread texting or inputting text for any purpose into my phone because I was so clumbsy at do it. Now, inputting text is like taking a walk in the park. Easy and relaxing!