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Swiftkey X Released on Android, A Keyboard That Knows You Better Than You

Swiftkey X has arrived.  We all knew that Swiftkey was almost too good at reading your mind, right?  It’s actually hard to imagine that it could get better at it, but it just did.  You may remember a beta version that went into testing a little over a month ago that analyzed your Facebook, Twitter and Gmail accounts?  Well, that version has now become public as version X.  In the past, Swiftkey would simply analyze all of the texts you would send, but with the ability to analyze all of your social networks, it can truly learn from the way you talk to your friends, family and random iPhone friend.  It truly is one of the best keyboards on Android.  

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SWIFTKEY X – This time, it’s personal.

LONDON, UK — Android™’s most popular keyboard app took a major leap forward Friday, as its successor SwiftKey™ X launched in public beta.

The world’s first ‘Social AI’ keyboard can analyze your Facebook®, Twitter® and Gmail™ sent messages in the cloud and use these insights to offer smart, personal and instant phrase prediction from first use.

It builds on the success of developer TouchType’s first AI keyboard, SwiftKey. The technology company was named among Google’s ‘Top 150 Developers’ on Android earlier this month, with its award-winning app consistently among the most-downloaded, highest-rated on the platform.

“SwiftKey has already been a remarkable success on Android; it’s been downloaded more than a million times and is used to send over 100 million messages each month,” TouchType’s CEO and co-founder, Jonathan Reynolds, said.

“Thanks to our unique text entry technology, we’ve achieved many accolades, including being asked to demonstrate alongside Google at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, winning the Mobile Premier Award for best app while there, and being embedded in phone-maker INQ’s flagship Android handset,” Reynolds said.

“But with SwiftKey X, we’re taking a quantum leap forward. This new beta improves on the original in every way, and it will stun those who try it.”

SwiftKey X was built in collaboration with TouchType’s community of passionate ‘VIP’ users over the past six months, giving the new app a combination of cutting-edge innovation and hotly requested feature improvements.

“When engineering SwiftKey X, we’ve been continually inspired by the stream of excellent ideas that have come from our VIPs,” TouchType’s CTO and co-founder, Dr. Ben Medlock, said.

“This new app is built from a much clearer understanding of how our users interact with their devices. With SwiftKey X, from the word go it’ll feel like your phone just knows what you want to say.”

In addition to cloud-based personalization, SwiftKey X contains a brand new version of TouchType’s flagship Fluency™ language inference engine, which is at the heart of the app’s ‘mind reading’ capability.

Improvements to Fluency include ‘Personal Input Modeling’, which dynamically alters the touch-sensitive regions of keys based on how accurate your typing is. There are also two new ‘typing styles’ – Precise and Rapid – which ensure predictions and corrections work in harmony with the way you type.

SwiftKey X contains many UI and customization improvements, including a totally redesigned installer and settings menu, and a theming framework that allows users to change the look of their keyboard.

The app also now supports 17 languages, and remains the leading keyboard on the market that uses AI to intelligently interpret text input in multiple languages simultaneously.

Android and Gmail are trademarks of Google, Inc. Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc. Twitter is a registered trademark of Twitter, Inc.

  • http://twitter.com/tittlemanscrest Stephen Parker

    This is by far the best keyboard on Android. 
    In my opinion that is. 

    Next would be Swype. 

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch Judah Richardson

    Anyone else having trouble using this with the physical keyboard on the Droid 1?

    • Don

      Yes, Droid 2.  The “Physical keyboard” checkbox in settings doesn’t seem to do anything, and it gives me undesired SHIFT function on the first letter after it automatically inserts a space after some punctuation.  I would like the autocorrect on physical keyboard, that’s OK, but the other “helper” features, once they get the checkbox to be honored, should stay off.

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  • http://Androidized.com Lucian Armasu

    Sounds like great technology, but the way they imitate Apple’s iPhone 4 ad almost word for word makes me sick, and it makes me think less of them. It’s not just them though, I’ve noticed many others copy this ad format now, including Google for the Google Wallet ad, but at least they only adopted the format not everything else too.

  • Carpdm

    liking it so far, few bugs. How do we send feedback since its a beta?

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch Judah Richardson

    Using it and loving it. Haven’t enabled FB & Gmail integration for privacy and because I rarely post text to FB or write emails on my phone anyway. Twitter and SMS learning are on though :)

  • Anonymous

    The keyboard is very slow to start and pop up if I need to input text.

  • Blutodawg

    Been using it for about the last hour and it’s fast but I miss my swype. Here’s to new things!

  • Danb

    anyone having issues installing it on a droid x? wont show up in my choices of keyboards. was using swiftkey 1 before and have uninstalled it

  • http://parker-cs.com/MediaManager.aspx Kwparker80

    I love the layout of ‘Tablet Keyboard Free’ but it doesn’t have error correction yet. Number keys along the top like a real keyboard, and TONS of symbols.

  • http://parker-cs.com/MediaManager.aspx Kwparker80

    I love the layout of ‘Tablet Keyboard Free’ but it doesn’t have error correction yet. Number keys along the top like a real keyboard, and TONS of symbols.

  • Anonymous

    Still has the delete issue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mathew.collins Mat Collins

    Installed, and love it. Will be buying at the ed of beta/trial.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mathew.collins Mat Collins

    Installed, and love it. Will be buying at the ed of beta/trial.

    • John

      +1

  • Anonymous

    I want their personalized predictions to be cloud-based so I have the same experience on all of my devices.

  • Anonymous

    If I start typing in gmail, it works great. If I try to type in the regular mail app, I don’t get word prediction at all. wtf

    I guess it’s still a beta. Back to swiftkey 1.

    • John

      Report your issue. This is how they fix issues ;)

  • Anonymous

    GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!

  • viewthis66

    this rocks! very accurate and fast! love it.

  • Laz

    Been using SwiftKeys since day 1. Love it!

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    add honeycomb support

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    add honeycomb support

    • http://twitter.com/eatmode4life Ray Mendoza

      There is a beta out there for the tablet version. Works great except for a little bit of lag.

  • JP

    I’ve been using the Swiftkey Beta for a while now, and this corrects many of the issues I had with letters doubling up from one keypress.  My only problem right now is that it personalization won’t connect to Facebook.  Otherwise, another great keyboard from Swiftkey!

  • JP

    I’ve been using the Swiftkey Beta for a while now, and this corrects many of the issues I had with letters doubling up from one keypress.  My only problem right now is that it personalization won’t connect to Facebook.  Otherwise, another great keyboard from Swiftkey!

  • Dan

    I think the Gingerbread keyboard is the best. I love me some Swiftkey, but ultimately it is a bit slower, and if you are a thumb typer, the predictions are only moderately helpful. The GB keyboard is fast, and easy. I am not sure what else you could ask for.

  • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

    Will this stay free?  Seems pretty great for a free app…

    • Anonymous

      I doubt it, I read some where that users who have purchased the full version of swiftkey will get it for free however, if you haven’t you will have to pay for it when it’s out of beta.

      • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

        Well that still leaves me in a grey area… I got Swiftkey for free from the Amazon Appstore a couple weeks ago.  Hopefully that’s enough to get the upgrade.

  • Stevo

    should we abandon the private beta from a month ago for this one?  they aren’t very clear if these are the same or different…

    • http://twitter.com/jpfrasier Jason Frasier

      when you install the x, then you go through the setup process again.  both will show up in your keyboard menu, swiftkey beta and swiftkey x.  X looks a little cleaner and they have refined it based on feedback.

    • http://profiles.google.com/amgala Amar Gala

      Yes, this is newer than that

  • FiMachineGun

    I’ve had this keyboard since the beginning, and no matter what other keyboard comes out, it just doesn’t compare.

  • @Chris_Findley

    Learning from Facebook, Gmail, SMS, Twitter is great.  But why not learn from Swiftkey 1 ???

    • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

      It does learn your habits over time.  It initially learns from Gmail, SMS, etc.

    • Anonymous

      The data is on the SD Card, and it still uses that.

  • Anonymous

    You mean the version that failed repeatedly at (completing) learning from my Gmail and Facebook?  Don’t know why it was failing, but it was, so I just went back to the old version…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      Worked fine with my gmail, facebook, and twitter.

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    • http://profiles.google.com/d.michaud333 Dakota Michaud

      It’s a standard keyboard that will predict the word you’re most likely to use next.  No swipe esque feature to it at all.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/d.michaud333 Dakota Michaud

    I personally prefer flex t9 i like word correction as opposed to prediction plus the added swipe feature is really nice but i’m sure swiftkey users will love this.

  • http://profiles.google.com/d.michaud333 Dakota Michaud

    I personally prefer flex t9 i like word correction as opposed to prediction plus the added swipe feature is really nice but i’m sure swiftkey users will love this.

    • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

      Agreed, I like Flex better than Swype, I’m not big on predictive text anyway.

      • Anonymous

        I like Swype better than FlexT9.  There’s certain little things in FlexT9 that I don’t like compared to Swype like how it switches to #’s and the back space.  But, I use Swype on my OGDroid and FlexT9 on my Xoom solely because Swype won’t get their act together and release it for Xoom.

        • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

          If I ever get a tablet I’ll be trying SwiftKey’s tablet keyboard.  I love the way they split it with the numeric keypad in the middle.

          • Formulanerd

            FlexT9 > swype

            Thumb keyboard 4 > swiftkey split keyboard.

            But I like the direction they’re taking swiftkey.

        • http://profiles.google.com/d.michaud333 Dakota Michaud

          I think swype only lacks when i try to type as if it was a multi touch i feel FlexT9 handles that aspect better.

      • Anonymous

        I like Swype better than FlexT9.  There’s certain little things in FlexT9 that I don’t like compared to Swype like how it switches to #’s and the back space.  But, I use Swype on my OGDroid and FlexT9 on my Xoom solely because Swype won’t get their act together and release it for Xoom.

      • http://twitter.com/IBelieveinSteve Steve Peter

        I like Flex way better than Swype. It just feels more responsive, easier to correct words from the suggestion bar rather than a separate dialog, better in landscape, looks way nicer, etc.

        I didn’t like SwiftKey at all just because I prefer to type (or rather swype) one handed. I never feel like I have a good grip on my phone holding it with two hands and typing, and I’d hate to drop it.

    • http://twitter.com/jpfrasier Jason Frasier

      you can choose between two texting styles.  precise which offers the word correction and for fast typers who prefer correction, you have that option as well.  

    • Anonymous

      Agree, best keyboard I have used!