SwiftKey 3 Beta is a redesign that includes typing software so smart there's no need for the space bar. Its predictive typing brain learns how you speak by culling from Facebook and Twitter.
SwiftKey 3 Beta, the latest version of U.K.-based
TouchTypes keyboard software for Android devices, is now available as a free
download to SwiftKeys VIP user community, which is said to be more than 30,000
Not only does the software help users type faster and
dispense with a message quicker, but the team has smartened things up to the
point that the software now knows when youve missed a space and inserts it,
rendering the space bar moot, the thinking goes.
This redesigned version includes a larger space bar, as
well as two new themesCobalt, which matches the SwiftKey look and feel, and
Holo, which is a sort of Ice Cream Sandwich homage. Theres also a new
user interface, a new way to more easily get to punctuation keys and support
for an additional seven languagesKorean, Estonian, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian,
Lithuanian and Serbianbringing its total to 42.
The team also made core changes, such as a backup feature
that keeps track of learned language data and new ways for users to customize
Weve cracked one of the hardest problems that exists in
text entryhow to correctly determine when a user has missed spaces, TouchType
CMO Joe Braidwood wrote in an April 4 blog
. With our Smart Space technology, SwiftKey 3 figures out when youve
missed spaces (or maybe hit a letter instead) across long strings of sloppy
text. So you can type Lleasexqllme and SwiftKey will know you mean Please
The software replaces an Android smartphones keyboard
with one powered by its Fluency prediction engine, which learns with each use
to produce more accurate corrections over time. It not only gets better at
fixing your mistakes, it learns to anticipate what youre going to say.
I think what really impresses people is how accurately
we get the next word before they even enter any characters, Rhodri Thomas,
TouchTypes chief commercial officer, says in a video on the site
by someone using it a couple of times and they see their girlfriend or
boyfriends name or the name of their dog appear as a prediction really blows
Maybe more mind blowing (or discomfort-making) is the
means by which it manages it.
The machine learning and artificial intelligence models
that sit behind SwiftKey feed on data, explains Dr. Ben Medlock, a co-founder
and CTO of the company. [With this new version] weve taken more data than
ever beforeweve pulled it in from your Gmail account, your Facebook account,
your Twitter, and weve pulled it all together in this profile that captures
the way you speak. And thats really the power of SwiftKey and the power of the
Fluency engine that sits behind it.
According to TouchType, in six months its become the
leading text-entry application, with more than 700,000 downloads. New
membersanyone who wants to download the appcan join the SwiftKey VIP
community for a limited time, by visiting http://vip.swiftkey.net