I absolutely love having Swype on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 through the unofficial version that was hacked and fixed by an XDA member. It seems we won’t have to wait too much longer for the official version to support Ice Cream Sandwich on our Galaxy Nexus.
I shared a way to get Swype now last week. I haven’t had any issues with the version I am using at all. The APK you need to install to get it working with this hacked version does not require that you root or unlock your phone. Just download it on your Galaxy Nexus and install. If you haven’t installed any non-market apps yet, you’ll be told that you need to allow installation of non-market apps. Once you allow them, it installs and works like a champ.
Earlier today on Twitter, Swype announced that they are almost ready and expect to be done to roll out a beta version by the end of this month.
Good news! Official ICS support is near. Final tweaks and testing should be done in time for an anticipated end-of-month beta update.
Until then, you still have other options to consider. I used the Free TouchPal Keyboard until I discovered the hacked version of Swype that works. There were a few minor issues with TouchPal and SlideIT that made them a bit more difficult to use than Swype, but as a filler, they worked well for me.
I will update you all as soon as the official Swype Beta is available!