Typing on a smartphone can be a challenge. In fact, it can be a downright pain. Many smartphones have small virtual keyboards that can make typing quickly and accurately nearly impossible. That’s why, when Wonder of Tech reader J.J. Quin suggested the SwiftKey X typing app in his comment to Poll: Physical Or Virtual Keyboard?, I had to check it out.
SwiftKey X is a typing app for Android phones and tablets that uses artificial intelligence to learn your typing style and then uses that information to predict how you type. After you download the app, you set it up by allowing it to access your Facebook, Gmail and Twitter accounts, as well as the text messages you have sent.
The app uses those samples of your writing to predict what words you will type next. When you start typing a word, SwiftKey X suggests three words at the top of the keyboard, with the most likely word appering in the middle. If you press the space bar, the middle word will be inserted. If that’s not the word you want, you can choose one of the other two words or keep typing until the app figures out the word you want.
SwiftKey X will then predict the next word you will type, even before you type a letter. The developer claims the app accurately can predict one-third of the words without you entering a letter and 80% of the words when two letters are entered. The more you use the app, the more it learns your style of writing to enhance the accuracy of its predictive text. Imagine how many keystrokes you will save as the app learns your writing style!
This app makes typing much easier, but if you don’t think it makes typing easy enough, you can choose to use Voice Input which is amazingly accurate. Just dictate what you want to say and SwiftKey will offer three choices for you.
For information on the development of the app, I refer you to the Android Central podcast of July 21 with an interview of Joe Braidwood, Chief Marketing Officer of TouchType, the developer of SwiftKey X. He promises that the developer is not interested in reading your private emails, but is using the information for making the app work better for you. Check out the podcast here: Android Central Podcast featuring Joe Braidwood.
SwiftKey X offers plenty of customized options, including three different keyboard colors, the function of the space bar, and many other choices. SwiftKey X includes 28 languages with the option of activating up to three languages for multi-lingual users.
When I first downloaded the app, I allowed it to access my Facebook and Gmail accounts, but not my Twitter and text messages. Since both of those limit the number of characters I type, they don’t tend to represent how I really write. I wish it could access my blog to learn my true writing style!
I have been very impressed with the artificial intelligence feature of SwiftKey X. The very first time I used the app, it guessed “Nicander” after I typed “Ni”.
What’s really fun is to just play with the app to make silly sentences based solely on SwiftKey’s predictions. Just keep pressing the space bar to see what the app comes up with.
This is a sample of what I typed with SwiftKey X by just pressing the space bar:
I am a beautiful person.
How can you not love an app that tells you that? Hmm…I wonder if its artificial intelligence is so smart that it knew I was writing a review.
Here is a very informative video explaining how SwiftKey X works and giving handy tips on how to use the app effectively.
If you own an Android phone or tablet, grab SwiftKey X today to make your typing much faster and more precise. Again, many thanks to reader J.J. Quin for suggesting such a great app!
Have you tried SwiftKey X? Do you look for ways to make typing on a smartphone easier and more efficient? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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