SwiftKey is in Barcelona this week, chatting up their uber-smart keyboard alternative with handset and tablet makers. To take things even further, the guys have announced that they are now allowing smartphone and other device makers the opportunity to utilize their technology by way of an SDK. Should a manufacturer want to use the software development kit, they’ll be tapping into the stuff that makes SwiftKey X one of our favorite keyboard options. This means support for more than 40 languages, leading-edge word prediction and correction, and a friendly UI for typing.
We’ve seen other keyboard options come pre-loaded on smartphones and tablets, but how would you feel about SwiftKey technology on your next Android?
SwiftKey launches SDK for handset and device manufacturers
OEMs can integrate SwiftKey’s powerful language technology into their devices to improve core typing experience
27 February, 2012; Barcelona, Spain – 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 over 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 realise 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:
- JVM (Java, Scala)
- Mac OS X
- .NET (C#, VB)
- QNX/BlackBerry 10