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Swype for iOS 8 iDevices goes free for limited time

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Swype is a third-party iOS 8 keyboard that lets you slide your finger over letters to make words magically appear on-screen fast and fluid, and aside from 16 new languages and new Emoji input, it’s free to download for a limited time!

Nuance is one heck of a company. Not only does it make the popular and incredibly accurate Dragon Naturally Speaking software to turn your voice into text on PCs and Macs, as well as control your computer by voice, Nuance does lots more.

It provides the voice to text interface inside of Siri and the voice to text capabilities inside of iDevices and Macs, as well as doing so for other some of the other major smartphone operating systems.

Nuance also powers a lot of IVR systems - interactive voice response - when you call companies on the phone, and plenty more like popular software packages PaperPort, Omnipage, PowerPDF and others - check out Nuance Australia’s website for all the details

But back to Swype. It is the top paid third-party keyboard on iOS 8, for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, costing US 99c or $1.29 in Australia, and as soon as it was possible to download it, I did - and absolutely love using it.

For a limited time, it’s now free on the App Store, which will only boost its popularity even further.

It works in more than 20 languages, now has new keyboard layouts and even emoji (emoticon) support in a new and intuitive way, with iPad users now able to access Swype keyboard themes as well.

Unquestionably, Swype has changed the way people input text on devices, and has even spawned a host of imitators, but Swype is the continually updating original and the best.

Robert Schwarz, MD of Nuance in Australia and NZ said: “The response to Swype for iOS 8 has been amazing, and we’re thrilled to have quickly updated the app with 16 additional languages – the most currently available for any third-party keyboard for iOS 8.”

“People love the speed and ease of quickly Swyping from one letter to the next – and it’s fantastic to see the words and phrases you are about to Swype automatically appear as you go – almost at the same time you’re thinking them.”

So, what are the details of the new features?

The new Swype version has expanded language support. In addition to English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, Swype is now available in more than 20 languages, including Czech, Danish, Dutch, UK English, Finnish, Greek, Hinglish, Hungarian, Irish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish.

There’s the new intuitive Emoji input. The example Nuance gives asks if you’re ‘stoked about the upcoming game this weekend?’.

Now, ‘when you message your friends about your excitement, Swype will now automatically suggest the right emoji. Swype will predict emojis based on the words you enter – so if you’re feeling happy, confused, tenacious or satisfied, Swype’s got just the right emoji for you.’

There are also new keyboard layouts, with Swype featuring QWERTY, QWERTZ and AZERTY keyboard layouts, as well as a new layout specifically designed for iPad – making it easier than ever to Swype however you hold it.

Available free right now for a limited time, the price will soon revert to US 99c or $1.29 in Australia. If you haven’t tried Swype and you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 8.x, you are seriously missing out!

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