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Swiftkey X Leaves Beta, Heads to Android Market at Half Price

One of our favorite keyboards of all time, Swiftkey X, has come out of its closed beta and entered the Android Market for both phones and tablets.  Actually, today marks the first anniversary of this fantastic keyboard, so the crew behind it has decided to cut the price for both by 50% or so to $1.97.  We tend to avoid recommending things, but this is one of those apps that we would suggest you jump on while it’s so cheap.  The ability that Swiftkey possesses to correctly predict letters, words and even sentences is unlike anything we have seen from any other keyboard in Android.

Market Links:  Tablet X | Phone X

Anyone using Swiftkey as their daily ‘board?

Cheers Shane, Giorgio, Barry and others for the reminder on this!

  • Barlog

    I downloaded the free one from Amazon and everything worked fine. Then like a dummy I thought well I guess I can delete the beta version of this. And now the main app won’t open anymore :-( does anyone have the link to the swiftkey X beta please help thanks :-)

  • Anonymous

    FlexT9 for Thunderbolt / Swiftkey X for wife’s Incredible / Thumb Keyboard for Asus Transformer. 

    For my Tbolt, nothing beats FlexT9. It’s easy on the eyes, let’s me “swype”, takes accurate dictation (Using Nuance’s Dragon Dictate (if you didn’t know, Nuance is the software that BB uses for dictation too)) and also can use Graffiti (for us dinosaurs that remember how to use that antiquated method of entry). Plus it was free on Amazon apps once…Swiftkey on the other hand, is awesome at switching back and forth between languages when predicting, which is awesome if you don’t want to switch back and forth manually, or, if like me, you get ghetto with your Spanglish on occasion. Entiendes? You may have to re-learn how you enter text (at least I did), look up every now and then to pick words, but it works extremely well and you can get very fast with this KB. Also gratis, today.Thumbs Keyboard, on the tablet at least, runs circles around tablet X because the numpad is offset and not smack dab in the center of the tablet, where neither my left, right , or middle, thumb can reach it. Speaking as an avid Beta tester for tablet X, I recommend you try both of course, but for my $2.48, Thumbs gets two Thumbs from me. Not free, but worth every penny of the $2.48 the dev asks for.

    But, if you really want to impress your friends on fApple products, or just make them green with envy, use Voice search by Google to send text messages, emails, or whatever you like. Then you don’t have to show them how awesome your KB really is.

    Nothing pisses my friends off more than when I respond to their texts by voice, or “swyping” on FlexT9 while they fumble with their iphones… it really puts a smile on my face. XD

  • Reggie

    Very buggy!  The prediction line shows up when first installed.  But after a boot, it is gone.  The only way to get it back is to uninstall, and reinstall.  And then when you reboot, it is gone.

    Scrolling is awful.  When entering in text on a page, the window/page does not scroll up enough, so you have to manually move the page up, to see what you are typing.

    It also cannot keep up with keystrokes, dropping out letters.  I am not an extremely fast typist, but it still could not keep up.

    Some fields e.g. the gmail login username field is stuck in upper case.

    All in all, looks good. But definitely not ready for prime time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bizarrospeak Adam J. Bernstein

    I’m still using the “beta” don’t see what the big deal is honestly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bizarrospeak Adam J. Bernstein

    I’m using it. Don’t see what the big deal is.

  • joel martin

    Still like FlexT9 better as a keyboard

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

    SwiftKey is definitely the only keyboard I use. It’s fantastic. 
    This is the only app I’ve ever actually paid for. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/rutherford.atlas Rutherford Atlas

    If the tablet and phone versions were tied together (or were the same app that displayed differently based on device), I’d definitely get it.  However, I’m not one to shell out for an app that I have to purchase separately for my Droid and Xoom.

    • http://twitter.com/Jubmasterflex Jubby Salhi

      Yeah. If they were smart, they would offer both as a package, possibly discounted.

  • Raven

    On my Droid 2 Global I use the FlexT9 Keyboard in Portrait mode and Swiftkey X in Landscape mode and the stock Multi-touch keyboard in Physical mode thanks to the wonderful Keyboard Manager app!

  • Mike Lampasone

    Been using the regular Swiftkey and then the beta.  Even got my girlfriend to use it on her DX2.  Does anyone know why on my phone (HTC Inspire) there’s a smiley/emoticon button, yet on her DX2, there’s only the enter button?  I’m assuming HTC software vs. Moto software plays a big part, but I didn’t know if it was more than that.

  • Locus

    I’ll try it when it removes its internet permissions. They should integrate the language files and personalization data into the market download.

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

      Considering how large they are and the sheer number of languages they support, it would be prohibitive. Plus, it will need internet access to learn from your gmail, facebook and twitter accounts. You do not have to give it access.

  • Michael K.

    … but it’s not available on the Amazon Appstore. What’s up with that?

    • Anonymous

      Amazon is terrible about providing updates.

  • Sean Cahill

    Loved the Swiftkey X ‘board since the beta came out. It’s almost creepy how it knows what you want to say next. The keyboard options, extras, and layout are second to none.

  • Cchoncek

    Loving this keyboard. Had the Beta and just bought full version yesterday. I was a Swype lover for a long time, but their last update was horrible. It couldn’t get any of the words correctly.

  • Tom

    I have been a Swiftkey user for some time and love the keyboard but after the update yesterday it doesn’t work in the body of emails on the Thunderbolt.  Swiftkey says they are working on it but there is no way to go back to the previous version so it’s useless.

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  • Granted

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  • Thunderbolt

    why does it use so much MB? it uses 23MB on my Thunderbolt….

  • Anonymous

    Is there anyway to make your droid switch input methods when you rotate your phone or slide your keyboard out?
    I would love to have swype in portrait, Swiftkey X in landscape, and just stock keyboard when slid out (Beta version of this messed with my physical keyboard) 

    • Anonymous

      Just saw that it is not possible even with Tasker yet… Guess I’ll stick with swype and my physical for the details

    • Raven

      If you are rooted you can use Keyboard Manager.  It is awesome for that.  I use the FlexT9 Keyboard in Portrait mode and Swiftkey X in Landscape mode and the stock Multi-touch keyboard in Physical mode.

  • Ignitros

    I love it! I have both the phone and tablet versions. Just make sure you set it up and take advantage of the learning function and you’ll love it too!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been using SwiftKey for awhile now but I will not buy it until it stops with the multiple letter bug.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else notice that your phone was slowing down a lot after installing this keyboard? SwiftKey was using 27MB of memory in my Droid 1 (which is a huge amount for an older phone). Most keyboards use 5MB or at most 10MB or memory. I disabled SwiftKey and my phone returned to its normal performance level. I’m not going to recommend this keyboard for phones with less than 1GB of system memory.

    • Anonymous

      Swiftkey would crash on my OG Droid sometimes. Also, it aggravated the hell out of me because it wouldn’t leave me alone when using the physical keyboard. Sometimes it would decide to type corresponding symbols to the letter (ex: s becomes !)

      • http://twitter.com/LiveInTheDream litd

        The s becomes ! was fixed a couple of updates ago. Still uses a lot of memory on my droid 1 though…honestly swipe is better off for older phones. Swiftkey works great, but is better suited for phones with 512 MB+ in RAM alone.

  • Anonymous

    I never buy shit .. But this keyborad is a must. I feel like my mind is built into my phone. Its 2 dollers you bitchs stfu and buy it. Its worth it.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501508425 Lou Cirigliano

    Do I have to buy the new version and pay for it if I already use and love the beta version?

  • http://twitter.com/jamieandjamie James Geist

    You bastards, always getting me to drop money on things I don’t need with the “its only 2 bucks” line.  

    But I do love it.  Thanks for the tip.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/BenBGriffiths Ben Griffiths

    Was in the beta, got so tired of the ‘you must upgrade’ reminders to buy the program I switched away from it.  T9 all the way now.

  • mike

    says i have it installed which i do, but when i go to upgrade it the android market it asks me to pay again

  • Amarao

    I’ve been using Swiftkey since it was in beta and I can’t say I enjoy it too much. It always inserts words for me when I type using the built in keyboard and sometimes, even after the latest update, will alt lock on me. Unless these issues were fixed I can’t see spending money on something that only makes my typing worse.

    • Barry Friedman2914

      Did you check your settings as to what the space bar does?

  • Jeyrivera89

    anyone know if the amazon version will be updated? been using it for quite a few months and i really like it.

    • Jeyrivera89

      I sent an email to Amazon support… 

  • Whitl103

    Swiftkey is the ONLY third-party keyboard I have ever used for more than a couple days, and it has been my keyboard of choice for months now.  The newer beta/X dark grey and green theme looks beautiful with Android.

  • http://twitter.com/davekbetts David Betts

    Swype sounds like something you do in the bathroom.  SwiftKey X is the $h!t.

    • Anonymous

      I see what you did there.

      • Granted

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    • Granted

      And by your logic, swiftkey is also done in the bathroom.

  • webby

    I used Swype for several years, but since their last update, it is crap, and unusable.  It won’t let me type what I want to type, so I gave up on it.  I have had Swift Key for awhile, but only occasionally used it, so for a week or so I have used it full time.  I just got the update, and I like it!  I’ll be sticking with it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jtsurf18 Jason Downing

    I have been using Swiftkey X Beta for quite some time now. I’ll probably upgrade at some point, but I don’t really have any complaints.

  • Crazydog

    I’m glad the Tablet version got more skins. I really do not see why people like neon theme so much!

    • Anonymous

      Im switching back to the stock grey theme, because it feels like I’m actually PRESSING something. That harptic feedback on Swiftkey is messed up though.

  • tjhrulz

    What if we own the original, do we get upgraded to X?

    • Anonymous

      Free upgrade for only the phone (not tablet) version, if you bought it from the Android marketplace. No idea about the Amazon upgrade policy.

      • tjhrulz

        awesome, thanks been using this for a while now (back since the swiftkey beta days), and I liked the look when I started using X, the only thing the original was mssing

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1953314 Nathan Domier

          me too, I’ve tried others, but switkey is the most convenient thing I’ve used so far. makes typing easy, and keeps me from making mistakes.

  • Anonymous

    Been using swift key 100% of the time for nearly 8 months now. Have not looked back once.   It does an amazing job of predicting words.  I would recomend it to anyone.

    • Adam Elghor

      but does it predict swear words?

  • JokerCPP

    Love this keyboard.

  • Ilovechi23

    i use it on my xoom and evo… its good for the most part…saves me time when i’m texting….

  • http://profiles.google.com/karbonkopy9 Timothy Reider

    I was thinking of buying it and would like to hear reviews!

    • Shadows9909

      amazing keyboard, only problem i’ve ever had with it is that when i’m typing very fast it struggles to keep up. but with calculating all the predictions i can understand. definitely worth your 2$

      • http://twitter.com/UbernerdLord Christopher Settle

        I agree completly, only problem is when I go to update, Android Market tells me it can’t install due to the package not being signed properly

      • Anonymous

        Yes it’s worth it, but it can’t keep up with my fingers for some reason and takes a LOT of CPU to use.

    • Anonymous

      I was using the old SwiftKey. SwiftKey X is a free upgrade. Installation is easier, but honestly, I do not see any functional difference other than some new customization options. SwiftKey is probably not going to attract dedicated Swype fans. For other people, I think SwiftKey has the best word completion and prediction algorithms of any keyboard.

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