03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Swype In Action (VIDEO): A New Way To Type On Touchscreens

MobileCrunch has gotten its hands on Swype, a revolutionary text-entry system that offers a whole new way of "typing" on touchscreen phones, and released a video demonstrating the new tool in action.

Swype was invented by the creator of the T9 predictive typing system and has been touted as potentially posing a challenge to the iPhone, as its input mechanism could significantly increase the speed at which users can write on touchscreen phones.

MobileCrunch explains how Swype works:

Rather than typing words by tapping letter-by-letter, you swipe (swipe, Swype - Get it?) your finger (or a stylus) through the letters of each word. If you wanted to spell "DOG", for example, you'd put your thumb down on D, slide it over to O, down to G, and then release. You don't have to be perfectly accurate - in fact, you can be pretty sloppy and Swype will still figure out what you mean. If it's not positive which word you meant, it'll present a list of possible options.

Swype is launching on the Samsung Omnia II from Verizon.

Check it out for yourself in the video below, then watch Swype go head-to-head with an iPhone in a typing speed test.

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