Swype is finally making its Android keyboard available on the Google Play store for easier downloading and installation. It’s the first time that Swype can be easily installed — previously the keyboard had required a user to sign up for a Beta and uncheck the “unknown sources” box deep within Android’s settings. The keyboard will cost £0.65 “for a limited time,” and there is no word of how long this will last.

Nuance, purchased Swype in October of 2011. Although it’s cheaper than SwiftKey, by by a couple of quid or so. Until now Swype has been pursuing a business strategy that targeted carriers and manufacturers in lieu of direct sales to consumers. It worked quite well, leading to over 500 million total handsets with Swype installed in one form or another. However, recently SwiftKey started making inroads into Swype’s core business, scoring deals to power devices ranging from the BlackBerry Z10 to the Samsung Galaxy S4. With SwiftKey forging into Swype’s area, it’s only natural that they would return the favour and launch on the Google Play store.

All of the features that were previously baked into Swype’s Beta keyboard should be on the official store version, including various methods of text input and voice recognition powered by its Dragon back end. it should be available for download later today.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini