I’ve spent a healthy amount of time with just about every software keyboard imaginable. From dozens of alternatives on Android (some as good as Swype, and some as different as 8pen), to other operating systems like Windows Phone and iOS. And none of them come close to my absolute favorite, SwiftKey. Why bring this up now? Because SwiftKey 3 has just come out of it’s beta phase, and is available now on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore, where it’s half off for a limited time.
If you haven’t used SwiftKey in the past, the keyboard’s main selling point is that it not only predicts the text you’re currently typing, but what will come next. SwiftKey learns your typing habits from your Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, RSS and text messages to provide customized suggestions.
A lot of work has gone into making SwiftKey the best version yet. It’s faster, more refined, has a handful of new customization options and boasts a long list of new features, including several suggestions from users who were involved in the SwiftKey 3 beta:
- Smart Space — adding to SwiftKey’s already cutting edge correction, Smart Space detects mistyped or omitted spaces across strings of sloppily typed words in real-time.
- Two new themes — a new theme, ‘Cobalt’, to match SwiftKey’s new look and feel, and an Ice Cream Sandwich-styled ‘Holo’ theme, as voted for by you.
- An enhanced UI — a much larger space bar and smart punctuation key help improve accuracy and make it quick and easy to access common punctuation.
- Additional languages — SwiftKey 3 now offers support for an additional seven languages, bringing the total up to 42. The new languages are Korean, Estonian, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Serbian.
- A dedicated comma key, and the 123 key in the bottom-left corner.
- A refined Smart Punctuation pop-up for better, more consistent behavior.
- An improved Smart Space functionality for easier email addresses and URL entry.
- Reduced lag on some devices for a more responsive experience.
- A reintroduction of the long-press duration setting by popular request.
- Further improved prediction algorithms for even more accurate next word suggestions.
- Refined gestures for a smoother experience.
To try SwiftKey 3 for yourself, click below to get it from Google Play or head over to the Amazon Appstore (where the discount is not available yet) where you can buy it now for just $1.99.
Once you give it a shot, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below.