SwiftKey X for Android gets smarter

Summary:Android smartphone and tablet owners got a new version of SwiftKey X today that is now a lot smarter than previous versions.

Android smartphone and tablet owners got a new keyboard app today that is now a lot smarter than previous versions. SwiftKey X is available in the Android Market and takes its predictive text capability to the next level. Predictive text is when the keyboard app watches what you are typing and tries to figure out what you're likely to type next based on your past usage. SwiftKey X is very accurate at predicting what you will probably type as you go along, saving you lots of key taps in the process.

For a predictive text keyboard like this to get accurate results, it must watch what you type over time to get a feel for what you are likely going to do next. SwiftKey X handles that with the ability at the time of installation of scanning through the user's Gmail, Twitter, text messages, and Facebook postings to learn as if that were all typed using the app. The end result is SwiftKey X is amazingly accurate for most users right after installation, and by accurately predicting what you might be typing next can save you keystrokes right away.

The program is available in two versions, one for smartphones and the other for tablets. The tablet version has a selectable split keyboard that facilitates typing with the thumbs on bigger devices. Either version is available in the Android Market for the special pricce of $1.99; the standard pricing of $4.99 will apply for the tablet version and $3.99 for smartphones after the promotion.

Topics: CXO, Google, Hardware, Mobility


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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