SwiftKey 3 Beta available for download to VIP members

by Chris Stewart on
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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.

You can also check out the video guide and the full press release after the break.
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SwiftKey 2.2 Brings Improved Predictions in 35 Languages to Phones and Tablets Alike

by Jack Holt on
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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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Survey: Smartphone Users Tell Swiftkey/TouchType What They Really Want

by Justin Routhier on
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The makers of the wildly popular text entry tool SwiftKey X have posted the results from a survey that asked “What do smartphone users really want?” Swiftkey/TouchType conducted the survey in partnership with the online smartphone retailer and manufacturer Smartphone Experts and included over 30,000 participants. This surveyed group of predominantly Android platform users was 91% male, 65% under age 35 and 75% lived in the US.

Some Highlights:

• The most popular way smartphones are used on a daily basis (besides making voice calls) is to send/receive email (94% daily), send/receive text messages (86% daily) and web browsing (91% daily).

• Apple users have more paid apps and in turn spend more money per month on their phones over their Android counterparts with 29% spending over $100 each month. Only 3% of Apple users have never paid for an app compared to 12% for Android and 26% for Blackberry.

• Customer Loyalty: 73% of Apple users would buy another iPhone, 61% of RIM users would buy another Blackberry, 50% of HTC users would buy another HTC while Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson users conveyed lower returning interest in their brands respectively.

• Top concerns for buying a new phone include apps and battery life, but 96% say the ability to type easily is essential – that’s more than even appearance, price, or brand.

• Participants also weighed in on SwiftKey: 97% say SwiftKey makes typing easier, 96% say SwiftKey makes typing faster and 95% say SwiftKey offers the most accurate word predictions.

The Lowlights:

• Android phones scored poorly on keyboard/typing; Sony Ericsson likewise scored very low. Blackberry and LG failed to please with their display and camera.

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Swiftkey X beta available for download – it’s Personal!

by Jesse Bauer on
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Swiftkey is already hugely popular on Android devices, with many users paying the $2 just to get the full version, because it’s just that good! Now, Swiftkey has been listening and watching user feedback for some time, and based on those comments and ideas, they have released Swiftkey X beta for Free in the Android Market.

The new version in TouchType’s Swiftkey  offers some UI improvements, cloud personalization where you can tell the app to learn your speech from your facebook, twitter and gmail accounts, as well as texts. You can tell the app what style of typist you are as well so it can customize the predictability features as you type to suit your style from the heat signature left behind on your touchscreen as you type. This allows the app to tell if you type sloppy or precise.

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Swiftkey Revamped For Tablets, Wants To Spare Your Thumbs In Landscape Mode (Video)

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Touchtype has announced that they have constructed and optimized a new version of their Swiftkey keyboard to work on tablets.  And we must say, it’s nothing short of functionality and eye candy.  The keyboard has a completely redone interface and is configured to work on large tablets using your thumbs.  As you can see from the pic above, the keyboard is separated into three sections, letters on the left side, keypad in the middle and letters again on the right side.  Hit the break for a video demo of the revamped keyboard in action and to view the press release.   » Read the rest

Swiftkey’s Open Beta Program Ends Jan 18th

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TouchType ltd, the geniuses behind the incredible word prediction technology keyboard, Swiftkey, has announced that they will be ending their open beta VIP program on January 18th.  Swiftkey is a unique keyboard replacement app that learns and remembers entered text so it can offer them as predicted suggestions later on.  The app is distinct in that it adapts to your particular typing style.  So, if you’re the kind of person who loves to test cool apps out for free, provide a little feedback, and send some recommendations in, then you’d better hurry up and jump on board before the window closes.  Hit the jump to learn more about Swiftkey and to find out how to sign up for the beta program.  Don’t forget to also check out the video » Read the rest