Swiftkey Releases New Beta Version With Multi-Touch Feature

Not that I like to play the favorites game but, my favorite Android keyboard replacement, Swiftkey, has just released a new BETA version to VIP members with hopes of making typing even faster than before. The newest feature that Swiftkey is testing out is “multi-touch”, allowing users the ability to type with both hands instead of just one. Heading to both tablets and smartphones, the two-week multi-touch BETA trial is best described by Swiftkey themselves:

We have made improvements for rapid typists. We now properly support multi-touch so you shouldn’t get accidentally repeated letters or accidentally missed letters when typing at speed with more than one finger. If you could try this out and in particular look out for issues with long-press keys, alternative character selection or keys where the highlighting gets stuck. We are particularly interested in results from tablet users touch typing as well as phone users with two thumbs.

After using this new feature for a full day I can definitely say that I have been able to type faster. While using both thumbs I noticed an increased typing speed but found myself rarely checking the predictive text. Although I was more focused on seeing how fast I could input text, when all was said and done my typing still had very few errors, predictive text still preformed well even though I didn’t physically select the words predicted. Of course there are a few bugs to be expected being that this is still in BETA form but you can be sure they will have it dialed-in in no time. I can totally see how this would be very beneficial for typing with both thumbs on a tablet.

If you are not a Swiftkey VIP and still want to test out the new feature, head to the forum and sign up as I am sure they would love to have your input. If you have yet to try Swiftkey, hit the links below for a life changing experience.

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Android Market (tablet)

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[via Swifkey VIP Forum]

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  • nicky

    i an so addicted to Swype that the mere thought of tap-typing gives me convulsions

  • nicky

    add: but Swype desperately needs some coloured themes

  • Doug Simmons

    Imagine if Swype had SwiftKey’s brains…

    Swiftkey is fantastic, the people behind it are geniuses and continue to be prolific. I’d have paid much much more for it than $4 or whatever it was.

  • http://www.yourdigitalspace.com Swamykant

    Great news. Thanks for share.