Swype keyboard offers new accessibility features

With each iteration of technological innovation there comes new opportunity to revolutionize the way people interact with technology – always enhancing people’s lives in one way or another. The latest additions to the Swype keyboard include accessibility-rich Nuance solutions such as Dragon Dictation as well as support for Android’s “Talkback” and “Explore by Touch” features, allowing blind and low vision users to input text quickly and easily.
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With each iteration of technological innovation there comes new opportunity to revolutionize the way people interact with technology – always enhancing people’s lives in one way or another. The latest additions to the Swype keyboard include accessibility-rich Nuance solutions such as Dragon Dictation as well as Android’s “Talkback” and “Explore by Touch” features, allowing blind and low vision users to input text quickly and easily. For example, when the ‘Talkback’ feature is enabled and you begin to input text, the text will be spoken back to you. When ‘Explore by Touch’ is enabled you will hear each key spoken aloud or receive an audio cue as you navigate the keyboard.

Swype scrub featureWhen using ‘Explore by Touch,’ Swype saves you time by providing clear audio cues. For instance, if your finger is on the “p” key and you want to quickly navigate to the “z” key, doing so will result in a “clicking” audio cue. This audio cue indicates that you are moving across the keys of the keyboard. When you trace your finger over the keyboard slowly, you will hear the keys announced one-by-one as you hover over them. By providing audio cues Instead of having to hear each letter read-aloud while navigating, Swype lets you move through the keyboard easily while still not losing your place.

In addition to supporting Android’s accessibility features, we have added other features to make Swype even easier to use. Our unique “scrub gesture” lets users utilize our predictive text input option by cycling through word choice options in a way that no other keyboard does, providing quick access to alternative words. The scrub gesture is user-friendly and can be initiated by gliding over the top of the keyboard.

To use the scrub gesture, just follow these steps outlined in the below video:

Swype also comes with the power of Dragon Dictation. Our best-in-class voice recognition solution is perfect for those times where you’d rather dictate to your device. The dictation UI is easy to navigate, and includes a button to switch back to the keyboard layer. You can even select from a variety of options to set your desired speech language.

Download Swype in the Google Play Store or the Amazon Appstore for Android now.

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  • http://greencheezburger.blogspot.com/ Green Thumbcat

    Helpful in ER, able to retrieve my meds list before the nurses and doctors. Helps make me feel safer and in control. And I haven’t even explored all the features yet!

    Siri WHO??? Apple is teh suck. Srsly.

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  • Josh Legoza

    Call me when you introduce the feature that keeps it from crashing my phone daily and making it lag when its actually running. Uninstalled Swype and problem went away. Shame too since I had used swype for 3+ years and loved earlier versions of it.

  • Josh Legoza

    Thanks for paying more attention to your censorship than you do your app’s functionality! Removing my comment about your app crashing my phone daily is despicable!

    • MelissaDirth

      @joshlegoza:disqus sorry about that, not sure what happened but we did not remove your comment. See below – thanks!

      • Josh Legoza

        Thanks Melissa!

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