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How to install Swype on a G1, myTouch, Hero, or HVGA device

February 7, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Android Tutorials, Video Tutorials

How to install Swype on a G1, myTouch, Hero, or HVGA device

UPDATE: SWYPE HAS SINCE RELEASED AN OFFICIAL BETA VERSION AND PEOPLE HAVE REPORTED PROBLEMS WITH THE ORIGINAL FILE USED IN THIS TUTORIAL.

This tutorial is kept open only for archival purposes and is not supported any longer. I recommend you wait for the official Swype client to be released in the Android Market in a few months.

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Swype is an Android app that enters text simply by moving a finger over letters. The Android keyboard alternative then predicts what word you meant to type, correcting errors and speeding up the data-entry process.

Previously, the beta version of Swype was available only for WVGA devices like the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One. Now, there’s a tweaked version of the app available for HVGA devices like the G1, myTouch, Hero, and more. Below is a simple video tutorial explaining how easy it is to install the device on your phone.

First, you will need to download this file from the XDA Developers Forum. (If you run into problems, ask questions there because they are better equipped to answer them).

Also, here’s a set of videos providing tips on how to Swype and improve accuracy. Thanks for the tip, Neil Lund.