Swiftkey Beta Swiftly Makes its Way to the Android Market


swiftkeyIf you have been looking for an intelligent and enhanced virtual keyboard experience and Swype just ain’t cutting it, Swiftkey has just launched their beta publicly for all Android users. I haven’t spent much time with the keyboard that somehow knows exactly what you want to say next, but it definitely comes off as a proper competitor in this era of “smart” software keyboards. I will be sticking with Swype for now, though I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to check out Swiftkey.

[via Droid-Life]

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  1. With the management of ShapeWriter and Swype making screwing up their products in the name of greed, I am loyal to SlideIT.

    SlideIT is as good as its slide keyboard brethern which makes it better than the best tap keyboard. Plus it is actually available and supported by the company!!!

  2. Very impressive beta. Sometimes I feel like its reading my mind. Needs a dedicated speech to text button. But so far am impressed.

  3. SwiftKey’s is amazing. It is fluid and it literally can predict which word you will say next in a sentence before you even begin to type it. It’s auto correct is amazing. Thus should be adopted as a native keyboard for all android phones. if they give it a multi-touch feature then it will be flawless. It’s just missing that and the speak to text feature in the layout. I say Swype can be another option but I recommend it.

  4. swype has been awesome for me, but choice is always a good thing.

  5. Why is it that every time someone does good work and wants to be compensated for it, they get tagged for greed? If the product works well and the price isn’t crazy then I have no problem with due compensation. If someone else wants to give their hard work away for free.. more power to them.

  6. i didnt like how everytime i wanted to write a word that the htc ime had in my dictionary i had to press the let tab and not space bar to select. i wrote ass and it puts astounded

  7. I just deleted swype off of my phone. Swiftkey is awesome! So much faster them typing with swype.

  8. no voice support like the stock android keyboard

  9. this keyboard is absolutely impressive and better than froyo stock keyboard or HTC sense keyboard but its different than swype thats for sure.


  11. Deff gonna try this, esp since I cant get in on the swype beta since its closed.

  12. (device – Motorola Droid) Very mediocre app. I still can’t get ? and ! to display. And it messes up the typing on the hardware keyboard big time – the Alt key “sticks” and behaves unpredictably, impossible to type any symbols reliably. I’m still sticking with the terrible stock keyboard because it’s the only one that doesn’t eat up half the system resources (Swype) or screws up the Alt key behavior (Swiftkey and the hacked Droid X multitouch keyboard).


  14. Can someone please explain to me how the text prediction works? So far its only tried to predict words that i’ve already used and im realllly confused as to why, i even downloaded the US english language pack so shouldnt the words be in there?

  15. My favorite feature is that it finally adds predictive text to the original Droid’s hardware keyboard. Haven’t noticed the alt key issue dima mentioned.

  16. Ive got it and think it works brilliantly. Whats disturbing is that during the setup process, I swear it said “this app will store credit card numbers and passwords” or something along that line. VERY DISTURBING! Im still using it though : )

  17. @Eazydw what you saw was actually a standard *system-wide* message whenever you’re installing an alternate software keyboard: Android has no way of telling if the code inside of an input program (in this case – a keyboard) can capture your credit card information or whatever information you plan to put through it. This, it warns you: “it *might* be able to store credit card, passwords, or other sensitive information.” If you’ve installed more than a few keyboards, you’ll know what I mean. This has been standard since Android 1.1 and should never serve to cloud your judgment. Look at market comments and reviews to see if the app truly is trustworthy (most – if not all – keyboard replacements are).

  18. This sounds super, especially with the demise of Shapewriter, which I personally think is terrific. Only problem with Swiftkey: it says it has the capacity to, “collect all the text you type, including personal data like passwords and credit card numbers.” Hmmm…

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