Swype looking to expand beyond Android, targeting the iPhone and tablets

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With its unique swiping keyboard, Swype is taking the Android world by storm. The novel input method is gaining worldwide exposure with its inclusion on high profile handsets like the DROID X and by its free public beta for Android handsets. According to Chief Executive Mike McSherry, Swype expects to ship its keyboard on 50 handsets this year, 90% of which are Android. Not content with its good reputation amongst Android users, Swype is looking to expand to other platforms including the iPhone and devices including tablets. It has an iPhone version under development, courtesy of an employee who developed it in his spare time, but has not approached Apple about bringing it to the iOS platform. No word on if or when these alternate versions of Swype will go primetime, but with $6.6 million in funding from the likes of NTT DoCoMo and Samsung, they have the financial backing to bring these products to fruition quickly.

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