SwiftKey Keyboard Android app does thumb things right

Oct 11, 2010
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After a few days of sending texts, surfing the web, and entering contacts, you might be wondering: “https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-store/idcom.touchtype.swiftkey?mt=8″ app_id=”381696” target=”_blank”>So if you’ve typed “Appolicious is the best app-discovery site on the web” a few times, the next time you input “Appolicious is the” you’ll notice the word “best” pops up as one of the next word guesses. Next will be “app,” then “discovery,” and so on. In no time at all, you’ve typed the same statement without having to go letter by letter. Scary-cool.

“We’ve analyzed over 50 billion words in nine major languages to build the models that drive our prediction engine,” said Ben Medlock, TouchType’s chief technical officer. “SwiftKey is the first text-entry app on the market to harness the incredible power of statistical language processing. It takes predictive text to a whole new level, resulting in an unparalleled user experience.” Ben, you and your team nailed it.

Beyond this feature, the keyboard interface is a massive upgrade from the stock keyboard in term of key size and layout. Mr. Fat Fingers here (my thumbs are practically clubs) is able to hit the proper letter much more often. Add in the standard mic icon to start voice input, and the ability to long-hold on special characters to access the alternate symbols, and you’ve got yourself a worthy replacement for your stock onscreen keyboard.

Just be sure to give the keyboard a week or two to learn your writing style and frequently used sentences, and don’t be afraid to access the Settings to tweak the app to your preferences.It’s all time well spent to take your Droid from good to great.

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Tim McLain

Tim McLain is a freelance writer and an online marketing manager, helping serious researchers and students find and make use of the best online content found on the deep Web. His passion for all things computers/tech started when he was a teenager, working with his twin brother to set up a C64 BBS in their bedroom.

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