No this isn’t the first keyboard we’ve put a spotlight on, and it probably won’t be the last. However, in this case, I feel it is necessary. TouchType Ltd just released their newest version of SwiftKey, dubbed SwiftKey X. What makes SwiftKey X worth the spotlight you ask, well maybe the fact that it is one of the best text predictors out there. Other keyboards save your text. They can scan your contacts to use names, and save words to a user dictionary. That’s what they do, and it’s how they operate: predicting saved text. What SwiftKey X does is similar, but another step further.
SwiftKey X learns what you say. In the settings of the app you can actually select what services that you input text into that you would like SwiftKey to learn from. These options are things like your SMS, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Any time you input text, SwiftKey is remembering what you say, and storing it for later use. On top of this system, SwiftKey starts to learn when you say words. If you type “I love TheDroidGuy” into SwiftKey 30 times, every time you type “I”, “love” would be the next suggestion. The other words would follow suit until you complete your sentence. Obviously we use words in more than one way, so SwiftKey will learn the way you type and the things you say to make smarter predictions. Of course, the more you type with this app the better it will get. At first it will suggest the first sentences you type over and over because that’s all it’s learned. But after a while, you’ll be flying across the keyboard and not even know it. You can even check how much faster you’re typing in the statistics part of the settings. All of this goes to make typing faster, so you can get on your way and finish everything else in your schedule. Typing on our phones should not be such a prominent thing, and the SwiftKey devs realized that.
The UI of SwiftKey X is also top notch. The keyboard has all the necessary features: voice input, long-pressing for secondary keys, fantastic text prediction, it’s all there. SwiftKey X takes time during installation to learn your typing style, whether precise or rapid, and also lets you choose what services to learn from. After everything is set you can choose from light, dark, and neon themes (I personally prefer the light theme) and everything is set and ready to go. I haven’t encountered any crashes or slow-downs of the keyboard, and everything really seems to be polished and finished.
SwiftKey X is a fantastic keyboard, and while I use many, this is definitely one of my favorites. The way it learns how you type, the smoothness, and the slick UI are all reasons this app is awesome. At $4, you’re definitely getting what you paid for. Check out SwiftKey X in the Android Market, and check back to TheDroidGuy every week for another App of the Week.
about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 16 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid and his since upgraded to the HTC Thunderbolt. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @ElijahIsMe & @thedroidboy