Feb 28 AT 12:10 AM Edgar Cervantes 22 Comments

Swiftkey releases SDK; manufacturers can now make use of mind-reading technology

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Swiftkey X has become one of the most popular third-party keyboards in the Android Market. With over 5 million downloads, this mind-reading keyboard is saving millions of keystrokes around the globe. This is all thanks to its unbelievable prediction and correction capabilities, which will now be available for all manufacturers thanks to the SDK that Swiftkey has just launched.

With this Software Developer Kit, manufacturers will be able to incorporate Swiftkey’s impressive typing technology to an abundance of devices and platforms. This is made possible through access to Swiftkey’s language engine. So we might soon see devices with native keyboards that can predict and correct as amazingly as Swiftkey X can.

As we are interacting with more devices, technology that accurately understands what a user is trying to say or do with their devices is vital. It only takes a cursory look at user groups to realize that typing is one of the biggest frustrations that people have on tablets and smartphones. The launch of our SDK will give OEMs access to better typing experience, with their own look and feel.Dr. Ben MedlockCTO of Swiftkey

As mentioned, this SDK supports pretty much all operating systems. Platforms and languages include the following:

  • Android
  • C++
  • iOS
  • JVM (Java, Scala)
  • Linux
  • Mac OS X
  • .NET (C#, VB)
  • QNX/BlackBerry 10
  • WebOS
  • Windows

Very soon, we might see Swiftkey technology embedded straight into devices. So stay tuned for more about this, as Swiftkey does happen to be a favorite for a great percentage of our readers. How many of you would like to see this technology embedded into all these platforms and devices?

Show Press Release
SwiftKey Launches SDK for Handset and Device Manufacturers

OEMs Can Integrate SwiftKey’s Powerful Language Technology Into Their Devices to Improve Core Typing Experience

Barcelona, Spain — February 27, 2012 – SwiftKey™ (http://www.swiftkey.net), the company behind the award-winning SwiftKey X keyboard for Android™ smartphones, is making the core language-engine technology that powers its app available to OEMs. The move will allow handset and device manufacturers to embed SwiftKey’s smart language technology into their own devices through a Software Development Kit (SDK).

SwiftKey X has already proven immensely popular as a stand-alone app. It has been downloaded more than five million times, making it one of the most popular paid for applications on the planet in its category. In addition, SwiftKey’s technology has been shortlisted for the Most Innovative App in this year’s GSMA Global Mobile Awards at Mobile World Congress.

The SDK enables tablet and handset manufacturers to offer cutting edge prediction and correction technology in their products, powered by SwiftKey’s Natural Language Processing language engine. OEMs can build SwiftKey’s core technology into their own keyboard and UI, to improve the core user experience of their devices. The SDK introduces a range of new features in addition to those currently available on SwiftKey X, with support for over 40 languages, including Arabic, Korean and Spanish.

Dr Ben Medlock, CTO of SwiftKey explains: “As we are interacting with more devices, technology that accurately understands what a user is trying to say or do with their devices is vital. It only takes a cursory look at user groups to realize that typing is one of the biggest frustrations that people have on tablets and smartphones. The launch of our SDK will give OEMs access to better typing experience, with their own look and feel.”

“The SDK will also enable other consumer technology devices, beyond the tablet and smartphone, to receive the benefits of our unique language engine. We have already seen interesting applications of our language engine in Smart TVs and assistive technology devices.”

SwiftKey SDK supports the following platforms and languages:

Android
C++
iOS
JVM (Java, Scala)
Linux
Mac OS X
.NET (C#, VB)
QNX/BlackBerry 10
WebOS
Windows

About SwiftKey
SwiftKey makes typing much easier on Android smartphones, replacing the touchscreen keyboard with one powered by smarter natural language technology. The app, which launched in beta in July 2010, understands how words work together to give much more accurate corrections and predictions than other keyboards. It also powerfully learns over time to make typing easier and even more accurate, and users can personalize it using Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, SMS or their blog posts.

To date SwiftKey has received more than five million downloads, saving users more than 30 billion keystrokes: equivalent to over 350 years spent typing.

TouchType Ltd, the company behind SwiftKey, was founded in August 2008 by Jon Reynolds, CEO, and Dr Ben Medlock, CTO, both Cambridge University graduates. With a growing team of over 30 people, the company is based in Southwark, London, UK.

Via: Android Central

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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