Swype keyboard coming to Android phones from TCL

Swype will become the touch screen keypad on Android devices from TCL Communication, a Chinese electronics company which markets the Alcatel One Touch and other devices. The Swype keyboard — developed in Seattle by inventor Cliff Kushler and now owned by Nuance Communications — boasts more than 500 million users worldwide. The Swype technology allows… Read More


Swype Android keyboard out of beta, available in Google Play Store for $0.99

Swype’s Android keyboard is finally out of “beta” phase and now available to the masses. Swype, a Seattle-area startup that was acquired by Burlington, Mass.-based Nuance  for $102.5 million back in October 2011, has arrived in the Google Play Store. Previously, the keyboard that allows you to form words by dragging your finger from letter to letter… Read More


Swype adds keyboard features, but no word of iPhone app

Swype is adding new features to its keyboard app for mobile phones, including a personalized dictionary that syncs between devices; additional language support and a number of new keyboard designs. The dictionary even includes updates of new buzzwords, such as “Gangnam Style.” But don’t try to install the new app on your iPhone. As  has been… Read More


Swÿp vs. Swype: This could get really confusing

Swype gained international attention — not to mention a Guinness Book World record holder and millions of customers — for its super-fast and intuitive mobile text input system for Android devices. It became so popular that many in the tech industry started referring to Swype as a verb, like: “I prefer Swyping over tapping.” That’s… Read More

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Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards: Vote for Deal of the Year

From IPOs to M&A deals to big venture capital financing rounds, today’s featured category in the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards is Deal of the Year. There certainly were some whoppers in the Seattle area, and this group of companies certainly symbolizes some of the best and brightest in the Seattle tech community. This is one… Read More

GeekWire Summit

GeekWire Summit: Facebook, T-Mobile, Swype and more join lineup of speakers

We’re gearing up for our big GeekWire Summit, the inaugural half-day conference March 7 in downtown Seattle. Last week we announced the participation of former Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie, Hulu CTO Richard Tom, and UW computer science luminary Oren Etzioni. Today we’re pleased to announce more industry veterans who will be sharing insights from… Read More


Newsmakers 2011: Swype’s Cliff Kushler and Mike McSherry

Swype revolutionized the way millions of people input text on Android devices, with the simple swipe of a finger. Founded by Cliff Kushler and led by CEO Mike McSherry, the Seattle company’s technology almost magically reproduced text as users moved their fingers across letters on touchscreen keypads. Plenty of people took notice, and as a… Read More


Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome (Part Two)

Last week, the Washington Technology Industry Association posted some short videos of Seattle area entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, journalists (including yours truly) and others talking about what makes the region’s tech sector unique. We posted the videos under the title: “Hey Seattle, here’s why we’re so gosh darn awesome.” Now, the WTIA — in advance of… Read More


Nuance to acquire Swype for more than $100 million

Nuance has agreed to purchase Seattle startup Swype for more than $100 million, according to GeekWire sources. The news was first reported in Uncrunched. We’ve reached out to executives of the company for comment, and will update the post as we learn more. A GeekWire source with knowledge of the deal confirmed the acquisition, though we… Read More

Swype (the unofficial version) comes to the iPhone

Swype raises more cash, looks to top 100 million installs

Swype, which allows mobile device owners to input text with the swipe of a finger rather than the traditional tap, has pulled in an additional $2.5 million in venture capital financing from existing investors, reports All Things D. The money comes on top of a $3.5 million round that closed in late March, and brings… Read More

Swype (the unofficial version) comes to the iPhone

Swype CEO responds to jailbroken iPhone ‘hack’

Nearly every time I see Swype CEO Mike McSherry, I ask him a simple question: When will the popular mobile text-input system arrive on the iPhone? He shrugs it off, noting that they’ve actually built a fully-functional version of the Swype keypad for Apple iOS devices. But it won’t work until Apple opens up its… Read More


Swype 3.0 adds ‘predictive tap’ to mobile input technology

Swype, the Seattle startup whose mobile input technology works by dragging a finger across a virtual keyboard, is rolling out an update today that adds the ability to tap out words the old-fashioned way. The Swype 3.0 beta update adds “predictive tap” technology, as an alternative to the Swype input technique. It includes tap correction… Read More