Hands on with SwiftKey X Beta for Android (Video)

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SwiftKey X Beta is a replacement soft-keyboard for your Android-powered smartphone. It’s got a few bells and whistles over traditional input methods, but in the end, it’s still a keyboard. That is, until you look at its real power.

SwiftKey X figures that your writing style is pretty much the same and can use what you’ve written in the past as a predictive method in the future. Sounds fair enough, right? But where can SwiftKey X get information about what you’ve written in the past? Sure, you could use it for a few weeks and it could “learn” your style, but that would take a while. To get over that hurdle, SwiftKey X does something really interesting — and a little scary: with your permission, they poll what you’ve written on Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, and SMS to create a profile for you.

I was able to save 55% by using SwiftKey X over my traditional soft-keyboard. You’re mileage may vary. The concept is cool. The app is still beta (and has some kinks to be worked out), but if you can get past the fact that it will know everything you’ve posted everywhere bit, and once it’s out of beta, I think you’ll be very impressed with SwiftKey X!



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About The Author
Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.