T-Mobile Announces Partnership With Swype

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What almost assuredly amounts to no coincidence gives way to T-Mobile and Swype  announcnig a partnership. This comes on the very same day the first Swype capable phones launches, the MyTouch 1.2. As expected, the release states that the HTC HD2 will also see integration with the Swype platform along with a number of touchscreen devices down the road, aka “future” devices.

“T-Mobile has always been on the forefront of introducing new devices and ground breaking technologies and now has embraced Swype’s stunningly responsive text input for its touch screen lineup,” said Mike McSherry, CEO, Swype. “Launching on the Android platform is a major milestone for Swype as we continue to expand to new touch screen devices and platforms.”

There you have it, official Swype launch on T-Mobile with the MyTouch 1.2 and HTC HD2 expected this Spring, aka March 24th.

Full press release after the jump!

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SWYPE’S INNOVATIVE TEXT INPUT TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATED INTO T-MOBILE USA
PRODUCTS

Swype Expands to AndroidT platform with new T-Mobile® myTouch® 3G

Seattle — February 10, 2010 -Swype, an innovative text input
technology, and T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the integration of
Swype’s intuitive text input solution into T-Mobile touch screen
devices, starting with the new version of the popular T-Mobile myTouch
3G, the company’s latest Android-powered device, which is available
beginning today.  T-Mobile also plans to integrate Swype into a number
of future devices including the HTC HD2, an upcoming Windows Mobile®
Phone from T-Mobile, which is expected to be available this spring.

“T-Mobile has always been on the forefront of introducing new devices
and ground breaking technologies and now has embraced Swype’s
stunningly responsive text input for its touch screen lineup,” said
Mike McSherry, CEO, Swype. “Launching on the Android platform is a
major milestone for Swype as we continue to expand to new touch screen
devices and platforms.”

George Harrison, vice president, marketing product innovation, T-Mobile
USA said, “Consumers have been vocal in their demand for a more
intuitive and efficient way to use a virtual keyboard on touch screen
devices. As T-Mobile continues to drive innovation for the benefit of
our customers, the addition of Swype to T-Mobile products places our
customers at the forefront of this new solution.”

Swype’s software allows for a high degree of error tolerance and
provides a
faster and more intuitive way to input text on touch screens. The touch
screen market for mobile phones continues to grow rapidly in the US
and Swype is poised to revolutionize this space with its ease of use
and intuitive technology across multiple platforms.

Swype is designed to work across a variety of operating systems and
devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, televisions, and GPS
units among others. Its impressive multi-lingual vocabulary currently
supports over 30 languages and Swype’s adaptive function allows it to
learn new words, phone numbers and more data unique to its owner.

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  • Rey

    I been using swype for almost a week now, its awesome !!

    • Tony

      how???? on what device?

      • http://tmjphotos.net Torrey

        I just downloaded the beta for the Nexus One. Cool concept. I need to use it more to get use to it, cant do it here at work

    • Inuyasha

      I’ve had the cab for it on my memory card in my TP2 for a while now(was part of a pack of cabs I downloaded), but just installed it a few days ago after finding out what it was. It does seem to be a nice input method, I just haven’t really taken the time to get used to it, lol.

    • JustAPhoneUser

      I have been using swype for about a week as well, and I must say that it just does a better job then the other contenders. It is very fast and responsive, very accurate, and easy to correct mistakes. they have done a lot of work to make it “feel” right.

      It is not just a good idea, but the work has gone in to make it feel intuitive. Once you start using it, you just do not want to use other input methods, and in fact you are compelled to write full length e-mails! Hopefully they come out with an iPhone deal. This is not because I like the iPhone, but because I will not need to weed through all of those terse, misspelled and unprofessional iPhone e-mails.

      • http://none Denise

        how do I download swyp to my sprint samsung cell phone. I ask one of the sprint associates and he wouldn’t give me any help, so i’m hoping someone can help. thanks

      • http://none Denise

        how do I download swyp to my sprint samsung cell phone. I ask one of the sprint associates and he wouldn’t give me any help, so i’m hoping someone can help. thanks

    • Robert
  • JoeJoe

    i’ve been using it on my touchpro2 for a couple months and i love it!

  • tato22

    how do i get this this in the market

  • Cybersedan

    I’ve been using swype for about 2 days now on a MT3G, it’s amazing, I love it, I’m hooked, I’ve used many virtual keyboard applications, and this is the best hands down.

  • tato22

    where can i get it il looked in the market and nothing there only a fake one there

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    In 2003 I used a program called “SureType” which was a program that anticipates words one intends to type, and auto inserts each word or one could select the word from a list if there were peculiarities to the word that required user intervention to make sure the correct word was inserted into the text.

    In 2005 RIM bought the SureType technology to be used in the BlackBerry Pearl. When I bought my first Pearl in 2006 I saw that sure enough SureType was on there and RIM had even bought the rights to use the SureType name.

    RIM needed SureType technology because it had to come up with a solution to the cumbersome typing one would otherwise experience with the compact Pearl keyboard, mainly because the Pearl would be assigning two QWERTY keys to each single key on the Pearl keypad.

    Auto inserting anticipated words seemed a good solution. But it was not.

    Fact is consumers refused to learn the correct way to use SureType, which included trusting that SureType would auto-insert a user’s intended words and to not look at the words SureType was “flipping through” to select. Most users would look at the screen while typing. On seeing the initial letters not being close to the word they wanted, users would panic, backspace and retype the word.

    Users refused to accept that the trick to using SureType was to not look at the screen while typing. By not looking at the screen one would not be tempted to backspace and correct what appeared to be SureType guessing incorrect words.

    Fast forward to 2007 with Apple’s introduction of the touchscreen virtual keyboard that introduced a whole new set of problems. This time around people were disappointed because of the slow typing one would have to do, to make sure the correct letters were pressed.

    Enter Swype, that IMHO conceptually works the same as SureType on the Pearl, auto-inserting anticipated words. But Swype has a new set of consumer expectations, most similar with those users had with SureType:

    1) That Swype will correctly anticipate intended words and insert them; 2)That Swype will eliminate the main hassle of virtual keyboards, having to type slowly to make sure the correct key is pressed; 3) That the program will speed up one’s typing; and 4) it will eliminate errors. IMHO if any one of these expectations is not met, the program will fail.

    Will Swype experience the same problems as SureType? I dunno. The interface is cool and that will generate initial consumer interest. But like SureType perhaps this program too will require significant user trust that Swype is working the way it’s supposed to, in other words, that Swype will in fact auto-insert the correct word.

    It’s another fact of consumer life that users don’t have patience, they are lazy and they don’t trust that a program using AI will do what it is supposed to do.
    And worst of all, consumers are not forgiving. If Swype is 99.9% of the time correct, people will lose faith and abandon the program.

    This may be the answer to people’s complaints about virtual keyboards. If I get the HD2 I look forward to trying this out. If nothing else, Swype gives me a reason for my publisher to spring for the purchase of an HD2, for “evaluation” purposes, of course. ;)

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/jbballer Josh

    This settles it, I am getting the HD2. My only quip was that it didn’t have a physical keyboard. I think this will substitute nicely!

  • Kevin

    been using Swype on my TouchPro for a few weeks now. Very good input method, even on a smaller screen like that of the TP.

    Can’t wait to use it on the HD2 when it comes out!

  • Sean

    Wow its sad how little recognition shapewriter got for the same concept….during the original android developer challenge back before the g1 came out, they had similar support already available for android. its still available too at shapewriter.com. I hate when a new start up company comes in with an unoriginal concept and outshines the original developer with their own software basically…..shapewrite.com people….been available since 2008

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Swype has been in development for seven years, they are not a “startup company.”

      I am writing three books, have been working on them for about a year. I have been mum on them because anyone could beat me to the punch. If that happens, it’s my fault and problem. What it means is that someone else was faster, better and more able to get the books to market.

      Swype apparently knew whose hand to shake and how to market the product.

      Sidenote: There’s also “SlideIt” which works in a similar manner. What about them. ;)

      Google “SlideIT” to find that program. I can’t link in here.

      Clearly the key to being successful with this software could be done in one of three ways, or maybe all over time:

      1. Sell ONLY, or first, to carriers and handset manufacturers, so that the program is pre-installed on MILLIONS of handsets, from the manufacturer or carrier (who can order custom builds and software).

      or

      2. Make it available as a CAB or exe application, to be sold individually on the open market. (Like SlideIt).

      or

      3. Make it available cross-platforms, for not only handsets, but also touchscreens anywhere there is one. Make “Swype” a household word, that when someone says “Well, you go to the ticker purchase machine and Swype your info and the tickets are spit out by the machine in less than a minute, depending on how fast you can Swype, of course.” Or “Julie is a speed master on her new iPad. She can Swype faster than anyone.” Or “Lenovo’s new hybrid tablet netbook comes with Swype technology…”

      Swype chose #1 and 3 (and may someday do all three), SlideIt chose #2

      Looks to me that Swype scored a major coup by getting this included on the HD2 (and I think the Omnia before this).

      No reason to be bitter at Swype’s success. They did not swipe anything.

    • SWuser

      I have been using shapewriter too it is so much better in UI and error tolerance than swype. It seems to adapt my writing over time and as you said they seem to be the originator in this space.

  • KAF

    I’ve been using it on my G1 for 3 days now… pretty sweet I gotta say! Took some time to get used to but ultimately it work out better.

    • Tyson

      How did you get Swype on G1?

  • shockaholick

    HOW DO WE GET THIS FOR THE G1 AND OLDER MY TOUCH’S??? CAN SOMEONE PLEASE POST AN OTA OR GIVE US SOME DIRECTION? PLEASE! LOL

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Any iterations of Swype downloaded from the Net are illegal. It all started with an XDA member extracting it from an Omnia (I think) and making it available for download. Swype went after those people who were providing it for download, but it can still be found.

      So if I were you I would not be asking on the net how to get it illegally. (I duly note that you probably don’t know it’s not freeware). If you really, really want it and have no problem risking that you can brick your phone or get busted for a criminal act, just Google search “swype.cab” and it will pop up.

      Let your conscience be your guide. Personally I get ripped off all the time on my copyrighted works, by lawyers no less. But I don’t have time to go after them. It frosts me, however, that people think it’s OK to rip others off, with that attitude that it should either be for free or “it’s only me doing this, so how can that hurt” (uh, times that by 1 million to understand how it hurts creators and inventors).

      Also, you can consider paying for SlideIt and try that out. That program only cost about $15.

      Here you can learn the technical side of SlideIt. LOL

      http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect2=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&d=PALL&RefSrch=yes&Query=PN/7199786

  • JoeJoe

    for everyone that keeps asking how? how? how?

    this is not something new. it has been leaked to be placed on different devices for some time now. it will not be in any marketplace(at least windows mobile and i doubt android has it in theirs yet) because it hasnt been officially released yet. my best guess is the leaked versions were dumped from the Omnia(which was one of the devices it debuted on). do some searching to find out if there is an install for your device. there are VGA and WVGA versions that i know of but could possibly be more supported devices.

    • Tyson

      I found it. Swype for G1 is now mine! Love it so far.

  • http://mobilewowpower.com WOW MOBILE

    I definitely would like to see swype in action to determine it’s usefulness…I could use all the help I can get typing on these mobile/miniature keypads!

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Well here is what Swype said to some people who were posting Swype for free:

    “We see you have re-packaged our software and are distributing it. We are glad to hear that you guys like Swype, but we are obligated to state that we don’t condone such activity nor support the result.

    Naturally those of you asking for new languages and features should wait until we launch a device in your market. Obviously, we won’t support unlicensed versions of our software. One might ask why we don’t just release the .cab file ourselves and save everyone the hassle.

    The reason is that we have spent seven years building Swype and we want to try to make a living selling our software. That means someone needs to pay for it. Thus far, our business model is OEM licensing. We do plan to get to direct-to-consumer distribution but it is a different sort of business and thus it is hard to say when. In the meantime, enjoy using Swype and please look out for a better, more integrated, and legal version coming soon to a phone near you.

    Regards,
    The Swype Team

    PS. Our lawyer has asked us to remind everyone about copyright infringement and to inform you that Swype reserves all of its rights.”

  • papito007

    theres some news that the HTC HD2 might launch next week..

    http://www.softsailor.com/news/17508-htc-hd2-coming-to-t-mobile-next-week.html

  • WMisbest

    been using it on my TP2 – Energy Rom for about 3 weeks now. Its Aight.

  • adam

    just installed swype on my mt3g, love it already.

  • Jimi Derborgn

    The Android version of SlideIT is now on the Android Market !!!