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CTIA 2010: Swyped Away

5:45 AM -- SAN FRANCISCO -- CTIA ENTERPRISE & APPLICATIONS 2010 -- I met startup Swype Inc. at last year's CTIA when it had one beta app, 15 employees, and 15 languages for its alternative touchscreen keypad.

Now, the company has 20 devices launched across 50 countries with 40 languages, 45 employees, and $6.6 million in funding. Oh, and two world records for the fastest text message on a touchscreen phone. (See Swype Secures $5.6M and DoCoMo Leads Swype Funding Extension.)

It's been a busy year.

Swype COO Aaron Sheedy says now the company is just focused on keeping pace -- to keep the hate mail over devices that aren't supported at bay.

"It's very complicated to port a keyboard to every handset, on every version -- it takes a lot of engineering work," he says, adding that Swype is focused on quality, which is why it's preloading the keyboard, not offering it in app stores.

Of the last 12 Android devices in the US, Swype was preloaded on eight, including the Samsung Corp. Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab tablet, Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) Droid, and High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) G2. (See Droid 2 Tackles the Enterprise.)

Swype isn't looking for more funding, as it beats its forecasts. Neither is it worried about the competition, such as Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s recently acquired BlindType, as Swype's all about the swipe, no tapping required.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

netmeister 12/5/2012 | 4:21:32 PM
re: CTIA 2010: Swyped Away

In general, Swype is pretty neat. I do find that I wish the virtual keyboard was larger, as my finger will often cover or obscure another nearby letter that I need to move to, and I'm flying a bit blind. That sometimes makes for a higher error rate than I would like.


But generally, Swype reminds me a lot of Palm's old Graphitti input. Very cool once you get used to it.

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