I love Swype, at the same time, it is not as effective as some other keyboards in landscape mode. I know that I have been looking for a way to change my keyboard depending on the orientation of my phone. I found the answer. There are a few caveats to this – you must be rooted, have more than one keyboard, and have an app like Root Explorer to be able to make the changes that are necessary via your phone.
I currently have Swype and the Gingerbread keyboard installed on my Evo, this will let me switch between the two. This is a work in progress, it is not always smooth, but if you pull down the notification bar and hit the Keyboard Manager in the menu all issues will disappear.
1. Download Keyboard Manager to the root of your SD Card
2. Using Root Explorer move the apk to /system/app
3. Using Root Explorer, edit the file permissions like below:
— User: ‘Read/Write’ checked
–Group: ‘Read’ checked
–Others: ‘Read’ checked
4. Exit Root Explorer
Next time you open up the app drawer you should find Keyboard Manager there.
– Added option to disable notification icon
-’Start on boot’ feature is disabled because it’s not yet complete and tested… Sorry for the confusion
-On certain applications (i.e: Messaging on Samsung Captivate), the input window occasionally freeze on orientation switch. Exiting the app, and resuming should fix it.
Download Keyboard Manager here
How to install Gingerbread keyboard w/haptic feedback and more here
Download Root Explorer here
Source and walk through found on XDA