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?

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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 — SwiftKeyâ„¢ (http://www.swiftkey.net), the company behind the award-winning SwiftKey X keyboard for Androidâ„¢ 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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  • AsakuraZero

    the heuristic and algorithms of this software its pretty clever i would love to see how it works in the inside of the code~

    • Jeff Pan

      My favorite since I got it free on Amazon Market place.

      The prediction gets amazingly better with time.

      • sunrise

        I love it too but just yesterday I switched back to Samsung’s stock keyboard.
        Swiftkey was lagging and was way too slow. I would press a letter and there was seriously like a good 2 second pause. I think I just need a faster phone now but the Samsung keyboard doesn’t do that.

        • AsakuraZero

          you should try to reboot the phone swift x does that time to time even on my gs2 but the phone resolve the problem quickly, i bought the keyboard from the 10 days of google, and i dont regret it

      • honourbound68

        mine too. i swore by swype until i tried swiftkey courtesy of amazon. after that, i haven’t looked back. ended up buying the tablet version for my evo view.

  • cwjones4

    I have used swiftkey since it’s launch on android, and after trying out a variety of keyboards it has remained my favorite. very glad they are doing this, and i can only hope developers take advantage!

    • sunrise

      Do you notice it ever lags and slows down?

      • ozzzy3z

        Yes, I too have noticed the lag. I have tried Swiftkey several times and ended up uninstalling each time due to lag. It really is too bad because the word prediction is a real time saver.

      • honourbound68

        i have not.. used it on my epic 4g.. currently using on gn and evo view tab

      • cwjones4

        I have noticed this sometimes, but i blame it on the fact i still have the HTC hero from sprint. It was never a problem on my girlfriend’s Incredible or incredible 2

  • LukeT32

    Still using SWYPE!

    • delinear

      Same here, once you get into it and start learning the little tricks for capitalisation, punctuation, etc it’s an amazingly fluent and incredibly fast keyboard experience. They need to end the perpetual beta and go to full release though, I get tired of having to re-install and would love to just buy it and get updates through the usual way.

  • spazby

    More of a swype guy myself

  • Hall Lo

    That’s awesome, since it does have very excellent predictions! Embedding it to some systems makes it even better!

  • The_Diz

    Swypers gonna swype, but for everyone else there’s Swiftkey.

  • Owain

    I want to install this on my netbook, even though it’s a physical keyboard, I’m sure it would speed up my typing just by correcting those silly mistakes and double button presses.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    This is amazing, really nice from the guys of Swiftkey to do this.

  • Luly

    My biggest gripe of it is the short spacebar. It’s especially annoying on devices with a big screen because I’ve lost count the number of times that I intended to press spacebar but end up with a comma or period.

  • Alex Pena

    Swiftkey is great!

  • Kenneth Nance

    Anyone know if it will give access to the user’s word-usage statistics? That would be extremely helpful for what I’m trying to do.

  • riper

    Then just write “I can Swype” instead.