Saturday, October 20, 2012

How to update swype beta in ICS?

I have tried more than 10 times to update my swype beta on my Galaxy Nexus running ICS but it always stuck. The swype connect just won't download the update. After checking the news from lifehacker where there is a new version release:

http://lifehacker.com/5953131/swype-beta-adds-cross+device-dictionary-sync-hotwords-and-swype-for-tablets

I tried to manual update the keyboard. Here is the steps:

  1. Make sure the swype beta installer is the latest version. (1.3, http://beta.swype.com/)
  2. Uninstall the swype keyboard from phone. Please note that uninstall the keyboard will erase the personal dictionary. However, I find that to build up my dictionary was easy so I go ahead instead.
  3. After old swype keyboard is removed, run the swype beta installer and download the keyboard again.
That's it and it works. There are more keyboard theme to choose and personal dictionary sync to cloud feature. I don't know how frequent the sync will be and I guess it may eat up my battery. So, I turn it off and choose to sync it manually.