SwiftKey Beta Hits Android Market and Boy is it Fast!

TouchType’s SwiftKey keyboard replacement for Android has arrived in a timed beta release.  If you have a phone running 1.5 or higher (who doesn’t?), I am advising you to hit the Android Market immediately to download this app.  It’s fast, smart, and clean.  In other words, it’s everything you want or need in a virtual keyboard.  SwiftKey bills itself as of 50% faster than other text prediction solutions and I see no reason to argue.  In fact, after a long day of texting, I can say it’s well on its way to replacing Swype as the default input method on my Cliq XT. 

However, this is not to say the app is without its faults.  Starting out sentences might feel a little awkward at first with the suggested words.  The general intuitiveness is there but it does take some learning to get used to.  My hope is that the beta feedback is well-received and a polished version emerges with the minor quibbles addressed.

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7 Comments

  1. James
    July 15, 15:12 Reply

    Tried them all, including SwiftKey, and while it's a good beta, it's not quite as good as the stock android keyboard. A little bit difficult to delete suggested words and it doesn't have the speech to text button on the keyboard. The stock keyboard is good enough though not as good as the IPhone.

  2. Sid
    July 15, 15:54 Reply

    Tried swiftkey on my N1 (Froyo). There seems to be a problem with the integration with contacts. When typing in the "To" field to SMS someone, it does not suggest contacts.

  3. @flyordie0
    July 15, 22:11 Reply

    I have noticed MUCH better performance with SwiftKey when turning vibrate feedback OFF, and sound feedback on.

  4. rev2redlineguy
    July 16, 01:50 Reply

    I tried this on my Cliq and it worked ok until I went to use the physical keyboard and it kept opening up along with it and wouldn't let me complete a text message without messing up. I ended up deleting the app. Oh well, I ordered my Vibrant today & should be here in a few days or so. Woo-hoo!!!!

  5. Neiko
    July 16, 07:42 Reply

    I often miss the multitouch functionality, when is comes to touch keybords.

    Atm I'm written with a multitouch capable keyboard and it is much faster for me. My 2nd finger don't have to wait until the first one lifted. Everytime I write without multitouch I produces words where letters are missing.

  6. oky
    July 17, 12:39 Reply

    multi touch keybard?
    it's amazing…

  7. wij
    July 19, 08:08 Reply

    It looks wonderful keyboard function…

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