By Stephen Schenck | May 27, 2011 11:48 AM
Replacement Android software keyboard SwiftKey made a name for itself with its better-than-average ability to predict what you’re trying to type, while learning how you write in order to deliver more accurate results. In the past, it’s been able to do this through a combination of an internal dictionary and a module that scanned your saved text messages. After all, especially with SMS shorthand, there’s a good chance that you’re using words or spellings that may not be in any mainstream dictionary. Now SwiftKey is out with a new version, SwiftKey X Beta, with more ways to learn how you type than ever.
Moving beyond SMS analysis, SwiftKey X, once you grant it the appropriate app permissions, will scan through saved Gmail messages, Tweets, and your Facebook posts, looking for patterns in how you write. If you generally start your emails with the same salutation, SwiftKey X will be more inclined to present that word or phrase as an option when you start penning a new message. If English isn’t your thing, don’t worry; the software supports 17 languages.
While you have to actually tap each key – there’s no support for Swype-like tracing – SwiftKey X’s learning algorithm even applies to how you use the touchscreen. If your taps are generally off-center from a key in one direction or another, the software will recognize this tendency and use it to better guess what key you meant to hit; that should be good news for anyone with big fingers or a smaller smartphone screen.
The free SwiftKey X Beta is available in the Android Market now.