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Swype Keyboard is among the best Android apps to replace the default keyboard on your smartphone or tablet. And in a new update, its maker Nuance is trying to enhance it with plenty of new features.

One of the biggest features in Swype 1.6 is the ability to type in two languages at the same time. So you can set a standard like English-Spanish or choose one of the 1000 language combinations available and Swype will smartly figure out which word you meant to use from which language.

There’s another cool way to use bilingual support: you can choose one language for text and another for voice. So for example, you could type in English but use the Dragon Dictation-powered voice recognition feature to write in Spanish. Plus, ‘continuous dictation’ now lets you see words and phrases appear on screen as you speak them. As we’ve noted before, Swype edges out other dictation MakeUseOf Tests: What's The Best Voice Recognition Keyboard For Android? MakeUseOf Tests: What's The Best Voice Recognition Keyboard For Android? Voice recognition has become increasingly popular, and more options are becoming available over time. One can hope that with this increased popularity comes increased accuracy as well. Can you really dictate whole sentences to your... Read More options on Android.

Swype now includes continuous phrase-based dictation, allowing people to see words and phrases appear on their screen as they speak. And users can select a dictation language separately from their keyboard language. So, if a user likes to Swype in English but dictate in Spanish, they can now do so without having to switch keyboards.

There’s also a new theme, Blackbird, across keyboards and tablets. And Swype has introduced a new ‘Search Gesture’, where you can select any word and Swype “S” to instantly search the web for that word.

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Unlike the earlier hassle to install it Swype For Android, Reviewed: A Hassle To Install, But Is It Worth It? Swype For Android, Reviewed: A Hassle To Install, But Is It Worth It? I've long since fell in love with sliding/swiping keyboard, as my SlideIT review from a year ago shows. But when people hear "swiping keyboard," SlideIT isn't usually the first name that comes to mind: Swype... Read More , the Swype 1.6 update is available for download from the Play Store for $3.99.

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  1. Mark
    November 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Love the Blackbird theme, but it doesn't have sub-menus on the main keyboard, which is a bit inconvenient if you routinely long press for numbers and punctuation. When you think about it, it's a pretty good day when your only gripe about an app is one tiny point about one of a dozen different themes. Love Swype. I've never been tempted away by imitators.

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