Swiftkey update brings Jelly Bean compatibility

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The stock Android keyboard continues to go from strength to strength, the steady progress was further reinforced with a pretty solid update baked into Jelly Bean 4.1. The latest update to the stock keyboard brought with it improved auto-correction as well as a nifty auto-prediction feature that learns your typing habits and appears to know what you’re writing even before you do. Interestingly enough, we first saw these features over a year ago via replace keyboard extraordinaire SwiftKey. Unless you have a preference for the swipe style keyboard, SwiftKey is the consensus king of the replacement Keyboard and was even the keyboard of choice for this writer; until recently. SwiftKey initially didn’t support Jelly Bean, an issue that the developers have rectified today with a much needed update. The question is, does SwiftKey still offer a Unique Selling Point that will convince the average Android owner to part with their pocket money now that the stock keyboard offers a similar experience?

You can bag the latest update by clicking the link below. Let us know your thoughts on how the new stock keyboard compares to SwiftKey’s latest update in the comments below.

 


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SwiftKey 3 leaves beta with a 50% Off Sale plus SwiftKey Healthcare for tablets is announced

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TouchType LTD launched SwiftKey Beta a few months ago with the plans of a major upgrade to what is already one of the best third party keyboards for Android. After months of testing and input from users, it’s now out of beta and they say its the “best keyboard we’ve ever made” because is learns how you think and types what you mean. The beta was with their VIP forum community and it started with 30,000 users. Over the period it grew to 65,000, which proves how popular SwiftKey really is.

To celebrate their efforts, it will be on sale starting today for one week at $1.99, which is a 50% savings. There’s absolutely no reason to give this one a try. Trust me you won’t be disappointed. Hit the break for the full list of enhancements.

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SwiftKey 3 Beta Now Available, Includes Many New Improvements

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For those of you who like to use alternative keyboards on your Android device I am sure you have heard of SwiftKey by now. In case you aren’t a member of the SwiftKey V.I.P. Community (on their email list), they just released a new SwiftKey 3 beta build and with it comes a slew of improvements:

  • Improved prediction algorithms
  • Better, more consistent punctuation key behavior
  • Smarter Smart Space functionality (which will make it easier to enter email addresses etc)
  • A refined experience in Google Chrome Beta
  • Fixed missing predictions on the longpress of @ and .com
  • Improved gestures
  • Eliminated lag on letter pop-ups
  • Various other minor bug fixes and usability improvements

The only thing they ask is that you participate in giving feedback by going to their VIP Community to report any bugs that you may find. After all, this is still a beta program even though it feels like a finished product. Grab one of the new SwiftKey 3 Beta’s from the appropriate link below. Works great on tablets, too!

SwiftKey 3 Beta (phone): Download

SwiftKey 3 Beta (tablet): Download

SwiftKey Beta 3 Recieves Update Which Brings New UI And Bug Fixes

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The best Android keyboard alternative in the game just got a major update. SwiftKey Beta 3 has been updated to version 3.0.0.190 which brings a new UI (finally!) and a host of improvements including improvements to Smartspace functionality, less lag on certain devices— and oh some bug fixes as well which will ensure most users a smoother experience. In case you all haven’t gotten a taste of the quality keyboard yet, SwiftKey tweeted the download links and we have them here for you all now— so make sure you hit the download links in case your ready for some SwiftKey action on your smartphone or tablet.

Smartphone download link

Tablet download link

source: SwiftKey VIP Forums

 

 

Google Wallet, Skype, Evernote & SwiftKey X Among Winners At 2012 Webby Awards

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The prestigious 2012 Webby Award winners have been announced and a handful of Android apps came away as big winners as apps such as Skype, Evernote, SwiftKey X and Google Wallet brought home some distinguished honors. In the Experimental & Innovation Category, both Google Wallet and Evernote were nominated, with each taking home an award. The Webby Award winner for the category was Google Wallet due to its significant innovation in the world of electronic communication. The People’s Voice winner however, was SwiftKey X because well, we all recognize how innovative it is with regards to keyboard input.

Not to be outdone, Skype and Evernote walked away with major honors as well. In the Utilities & Services category, Evernote won both the Webby and People’s Voice awards, while Skype came away as the People’s Voice winner in the Best Use of Device Camera category.

source: Webby Awards 2012

SwiftKey 3 Beta available for download to VIP members

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Ever since it arrived on the market with a Splash, third party replacement keyboard SwiftKey has gone from strength to strength. It’s still my personal keyboard of choice and has made me 27% more efficient, saved me 23,463 key strokes and corrected over 11,155 typos… apparently. There are a huge choice of replacement keyboards on the Google Play Store, each promising a different unique selling point so it’s important to keep innovating in order to stay ahead of the game. Touchtype, the developers behind SwiftKey is doing exactly that and has an exciting new update on their official website, providing that you’re a VIP member.

SwiftKey 3 Beta is available to download now in the VIP lounge and brings a number of creative new features. The highlight of the new release is ‘smart space’ a feature that detects when you’ve accidentally missed hitting the space bar and joined numerous words together, auto-correcting it for you in real time. There are a number of other improvements such as easier access to punctuation keys, improved layout and bigger keys. You will also find a number of new themes available including Ice Cream Sandwich Holo for all you Android purists out there.

We hope to see the full release hit the Play Store soon, however if you simply cannot wait then head on over to the VIP lounge and get yourself signed up. Be warned though, the servers are taking a pounding at the moment so you may need to show some patience.

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SwiftKey Launches SDK for Use by Device Manufacturers

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It appears that SwiftKey is just getting better and better. Today the 3rd-party keyboard developer has announced in Barcelona that it will release the keyboard SDK for use by device and handset manufacturers. The SDK isn’t just for Android folks either as it will also be available for a slew of other OS’ including iOS, QNX/BlackBerry 10, OS X, Windows, etc. As Dr. Ben Medlock, CTO of SwiftKey puts it:

“As we are interacting with more devices, technology that accurately understands what a user is trying to say or do with their devices is vital. It only takes a cursory look at user groups to realize that typing is one of the biggest frustrations that people have on tablets and smartphones. The launch of our SDK will give OEMs access to better typing experience, with their own look and feel.”

So we can look forward to seeing SwiftKey on a whole bunch of different devices here in the future. You can hit the break below to check out the press release in full detail. It will be exciting to see how the software’s prediction capabilities work on something other than a phone or tablet down the road like for instance a SmartTV or an Ultrabook. What do you guys think? » Read the rest

SwiftKey X Announces 5 Million Downloads, On Sale This Weekend Only

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If you were to ask me what my favorite 3rd party keyboard is, I wouldn’t hesitate when answering. It’s Swiftkey X, hands down. In case you haven’t hear about SwiftKey, it’s a keyboard replacement that has a powerful prediction engine based on your typing history. The app has the ability to monitor what you type on email, Twitter, Facebook and even your very own blog, creating personalized prediction that will save you tons of keystrokes. Available for both tablets and smartphones, SwiftKey X is the new and improved version of the OG SwiftKey.

TouchType Ltd., the creators of SwiftKey, are currently celebrating over 5 million downloads and wanted to offer discounted rates for those who have yet to download one of their applications. Along with the weekend-only sale, they have updated the apps to feature additional language support and more, there is now support for over 35 languages. What’s more, SwiftKey announced that the apps prediction engine has saved users over 35 billion keystrokes, thats’s over 400 years of typing!

If you have yet to use one of SwiftKey’s apps, I highly recommend you take advantage of this 25% off sale. It only lasts through this weekend so you better jump on it! Hit the source link below to choose from the selection of SwiftKey keyboards, and be sure to let us know what you think.

source: Android Market

 

Black Friday Deals & Steals: SwiftKeyX Available for 50% Off for Holiday Weekend

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Don’t you all just love these deals for Black Friday – Cyber Monday every year? Here’s another reason for you all to be excited… SwiftKey X is now available for 50% off! That’s right, you’ll find SwiftKey X and SwiftKey Tablet X for half off for this holiday weekend. In case you all were looking for a reason to try or use this great keyboard alternative, now’s the time to get on the SwiftKey X bandwagon! Let’s just see how many folks take advantage of this great steal this weekend.

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SwiftKey 2.2 Brings Improved Predictions in 35 Languages to Phones and Tablets Alike

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Ever since I bought my first Android phone I had one major issue with the OS; the keyboard. For some reason it never felt as responsive or fluid as I had hoped it to be. However, a quick Market search brought me to TouchType’s keyboard, SwiftKey. While I have used it and replaced it with other keyboards, I have found myself coming back to it after its most recent update. Learning from the way you type through texts, emails, blogs and so on, SwiftKey touted that it was quite accurate and could predict the next word you were going to type, making your typing more efficient.

TouchType hasn’t stopped there and has pushed out yet another major update for the keyboard. This update brings SwiftKey to 35 languages. This version promises updates to both accuracy and predictably while also bringing support for Ice Cream Sandwich. Along with UI refinements, SwiftKey promises users the ability to predict typing even when typing inaccurately. For those who enjoy different keyboard layouts SwiftKey incorporates both Dvorak and Colemak layouts.

SwiftKey is a good choice for those looking for alternatives to the native keyboard. I am currently using this update on both my Xoom and my Razr and am thoroughly impressed. For those that are wanting to give it a whirl or read the press release hit the break below.

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