SwiftKey launches HD skin, five new languages and a longer free trial
New HD skin that looks sharp on big-screen phones
Introducing five new languages, Scandinavian layouts
Free trial period doubled for the holidays, to a month
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SwiftKey™, the intelligent text prediction app for Google Android™ smartphones, received a significant update Wednesday that adds a new HD skin, UI improvements and five new languages.
The award-winning app, officially released less than three months ago and with over a half a million downloads to date, now has a refreshed HD skin that is optimized for screens of any size, its developers TouchType said.
TouchType's CEO Jon Reynolds said: "We've worked closely with UI experts to create a stunning high
definition skin for SwiftKey, and from the feedback we've already received, people are loving it.
SwiftKey brings an innovative solution to the problem of typing accurately on a smartphone, relying on powerful language technology to infer both the word a user is typing, and their likely next word. Using these techniques, SwiftKey users can skip whole words as they write, saving key-presses
TouchType said they were pleased to reveal a range of festive treats for SwiftKey users. For those who write in US English,
Wednesday's release improves language prediction quality and adds a keyboard layout without accented characters. For international users, the app now supports Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Danish, Norwegian and Polish, and has support for Scandinavian keyboard layouts.
"This new version of SwiftKey is just what our most passionate users have been waiting for," said TouchType's CTO, Dr Ben Medlock.
"We've listened to our users and delivered some fundamental improvements in time for Christmas.
We've also got some incredible new features in the pipeline, so users should join our VIP community to get early access to the exciting things ahead."
The new release comes just after TouchType won a prestigious Mobile Marketing Magazine award for SwiftKey's 2010 launch. "SwiftKey is, quite simply, one of the most innovative and useful apps we have ever seen," the judges commented, adding: "Genius – there's no other word for it."
SwiftKey is available on the Google Android platform as an unlimited, paid app for $3.99 and a free trial app, offering predictions for 31 days.
Readers can apply to join SwiftKey's VIP community at http://swiftkey.net/vip.
Current SwiftKey users should update their language modules to experience quality improvements via the app's settings menu.
See SwiftKey in action on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6poOrKoEf8
SwiftKey Version 1.1.74 Change Log:
- New HD skin with sharper graphics and font
- 14 languages now supported:
- New keyboard layouts:
QWERTY English (no accented characters on long-press)
QWERTY International (accented characters on long-press)
(AZERTY, QZERTY and QWERTZ also supported)
- New suggestions ribbon added in landscape mode for menu options (e.g. contact lookup in Gmail)
- Trial now lasts 31 days
- Various bug fixes, including:
Null Pointer Exception in resetTempLanguageModel
Fixed candidates disappearing with hard keyboard after sending a message
Added ç/Ç to AZERTY layout
Support for hard keyboard microphone key on Motorola Droid
Fix crash in QuickOffice