It’s almost as if Google and SwiftKey were working together to make the launch of yet another keyboard so buzz-worthy. Just days after the Google Tap April Fools day prank, The Beta release of SwiftKey 3 was announced for Android phones and tablets alike. SwiftKey’s Chief Marketing Officer, Joe Braidwood, wrote in the company blog “Only three days ago as an April Fools’ prank, we jested that we’d reinvented the keyboard again. Thing is, this time we really have.” The company has already been covered in the news this year after they recently won Most Innovative App at the Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona last month.
What is SwiftKey?
SwiftKey is just another keyboard for your mobile device, but what makes it special is that it is powered by a natural language technology which works to understand the way words work together. It’s a huge time-saver for those sloppy typists out there and it’s predictive technology can be fun to watch in action. Let’s face it, autocorrect has made a mess of even the shortest messages. SwiftKey is meant to help victims of the mobile keyboards trust their devices again.
The company website offers some impressive stats on its usage:
“SwiftKey has been downloaded more than four million times and has saved its users over 20 billion keystrokes – equivalent to 250 years spent typing, or tapping out the complete works of Shakespeare over 5,000 times. It frequently tops the download charts.”
So what’s new in SwiftKey 3?
Smart Space – a major leap forward in auto-correction technology, Smart Space adds to SwiftKey’s already cutting edge correction by detecting miss-typed or omitted spaces across whole phrases of poorly typed text in real-time. SwiftKey now offers the most accurate and complete auto-correction available on a smartphone or tablet.
Two new themes – a new theme, ‘Cobalt’, to match SwiftKey’s new look and feel, and an Ice Cream Sandwich-styled ‘Holo’ theme, as voted for by SwiftKey’s VIP community.
An enhanced UI – a much larger space bar and smart punctuation key help improve accuracy and make it quick and easy to access common punctuation.
Additional languages – SwiftKey 3 now offers support for an additional seven languages, bringing the total up to 42. The new languages are Korean, Estonian, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Serbian.
New punctuation functionality – intelligent, language-specific punctuation handling (for example, spaces between words and certain symbols in French, such as ‘Bonjour !’).
How Can I Get It?
The award winning keyboard app for Android devices, is now available as a free beta release to SwiftKey’s passionate community of over 30,000 VIP users. For a limited time, new members are invited to become VIP’s and help the development team with feedback on the Beta app.
Beta release available to SwiftKey VIPs at http://vip.swiftkey.net