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swypesmall1Swype 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 users to enter text with the swipe of a finger rather than a tap, making it faster for individuals to compose messages.

“Nuance has the key attributes we look for in a strategic partner: a record of high product quality, global language coverage, a history of innovation and strong Intellectual Property in its category,” said Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President of North America for TCL’s Alcatel One Touch. “We look forward to expanding our partnership with Nuance as we build more powerful and elegant consumer experiences.”

Swype was acquired by Burlington, Mass.-based Nuance for $102.5 million back in October 2011.

Here’s a closer look at Swype in action:

Previously on GeekWireSwype Android keyboard out of beta, available in Google Play Store for $0.99

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