SwiftKey X for Android gets smarter

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.

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TOPICS: CXO, Android, Google, Hardware
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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, Android, Google, Hardware

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  • RE: SwiftKey X for Android gets smarter

    I have never found a key prediction software that was even close to what I wanted to type. I have tried a few but it fails 9 out of 10 words and is just an annoyance.
    Fletchguy
    • RE: SwiftKey X for Android gets smarter

      @Fletchguy
      I've used SwiftKey for Android from the beginning and find it's predictive abilities very useful. The more you use it, the better it gets. For example, if you're someone who likes to write "but it fails 9 out of 10" a lot: when you type "but", it may offer "it" as a choice, if you select "it", it will offer "fails", etc. And it offers these words before you type anything.

      It looks at your phrasing habits and learns. I'm sure it would learn a lot from you, like how to give feeback on a piece of software it's never used.
      TechSmoker
      • RE: SwiftKey X for Android gets smarter

        @TechSmoker :-)
        TomDavisSr
  • RE: SwiftKey X for Android gets smarter

    Well, your column accomplished one thing . . . the promotion ended within less than 24 hours of your article. That cost SwiftKey a sale . . .
    spyder3010
  • RE: SwiftKey X for Android gets smarter

    Ive never find one that worked for be like the others they fail 9 out of 10
    linkvana
  • RE: SwiftKey X for Android gets smarter

    Ive never find one that worked for be like the others they fail 9 out of 10
    linkvana
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