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Fresh Android Apps for June 21: Swype Beta and Google I/O 2012

by Marty Gabel

A big update emerged yesterday for the popular Swype Beta keyboard. The growing influence of Nuance (who bought Swype late last year) is more apparent than ever, and the app offers better functionality because of it. Also, as we gear up for the Google I/O conference (June 27-29 in San Francisco), the company refreshed its dedicated app to benefit both developers and visitors.

Swype Beta (Free)

Though it’s disappointing that the popular Android keyboard is still not available via Google Play, it’s not too complicated to sign-up at the Swype website or update your current version there. Recently, Swype was bought by Nuance (makers of Dragon Go, amongst others) and now the keyboard has a cleaner look, more versatility than ever, an editable dictionary and it builds a personal language model to fit your input style.

The basic Swype mode is still there in all its glory, but now the keyboard works better in regular tap-input mode, with great prediction and suggestion capabilities, if you favor that method. In addition, you can input text using natural handwriting recognition or via voice with Nuance’s sophisticated dictation technology. Also, Android users who already have Swype pre-installed on their devices can use the new Beta without any conflicts.

Google I/O 2012 (Free)

Beginning next week, the Google I/O conference is likely to herald some exciting things for Android fans. We may see a low-price Google Nexus tablet and perhaps get a sneak peek at Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Ahead of the event, Google updated its official Google I/O app.

Google I/O 2012 is optimized for both smartphones and tablets, and sports a slick new design. You can view the conference agenda, plan out which sessions you’ll visit and find them on the map. You can also browse information about some of the companies taking part and even view your conference schedule via a handy home page widget.

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