I’ve been testing Swype as my primary keyboard input for my Nexus One for the past week or so and it’s now open to all Android users. While I’ve pre-ordered the iPhone 4 and plan to move to it for my primary device (but will still use both), the app I’ll miss the most is Swype. In fact, I’d go so far as to state that Swype is Android’s killer app and I wouldn’t be surprised if Google eventually bought the company.
It’s a pretty simple concept. You start with your finger on the first letter of the word that you want to type, then you keep your finger on the screen while you trace letter to letter. Once you’re at the last letter, release your finger and your word will appear.
Swype is powerful because it’s natural. At lunch recently, I showed it two loyal iPhone customers. After trying it themselves and seeing them immediately “type” faster, they both said they’d consider moving to Android just because of Swype. Oh, and they also weren’t convinced of upgrading to iPhone 4 — but there’s no shortage of interest in it with 600,000 pre-orders on the first day.