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No more Swype for Symbian now?

25 Nov , 2012  

Not a totally true title though, but considering various points, it’s all same. The first release of Swype appeared in store long back when there was no split screen support in Symbian. Even the swype didn’t have it. The second version of Swype came into the Nokia Betalabs with split screen support and few improvements and finally it was the version which was usable. I believe all swype users on symbian relies on this beta version.

After the Nokia’s transition from Symbian to WP, support for most beta products in Betalabs for Symbian ¬†was removed. Latest beta release of Swype mentioned that it was the last beta release for Swype and next release will be made into store and this release was back in 2011! This second version never came to store, neither a new beta release was made. Well, it didn’t matter to most because all had access to this beta release.

But today morning, Swype started reporting “A new version is available. Please update to continue using it”! Though you can type using the keyboard, but you cannot swype. Update available? No update in store, neither in betalabs. Apparently, beta version expired today. So you are now forced to use swype from store which is without split screen support (doesn’t make any sense in this world!). Looking at the Betalabs’ ¬†approach towards Symbian, it’s hard to say if a new version for Symbian will be released. We are left with two choice, either just use swype keyboard without swype support or get a old swype from Store. Third option maybe to get back to Symbian’s default keyboard.

Personally, I never liked the Symbian’s default qwerty keyboard. Keys are not properly aligned to make it feel natural. However, Nokia Belle FP2 keyboard is somewhat usable, but hey I am on Belle Refresh. I am really hoping either we get a new beta or the existing beta is graduated and released to store.

Kishan Gor is a Co-Founder of NokiaTips. He is Software Developer by profession and have a great passion for Programming and Gadgets.

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