SwiftKey 3 for Android out of beta: smarter auto spacing, $1.99 today (video)

Sharif Sakr
S. Sakr|06.21.12

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"Lleasexqllme." SwiftKey 3 won't see that as gibberish, but as "Please call me," thanks to its new spacing prediction that has been repeatedly tweaked since the beta first came out in April. The final version is now available at the Google Play link below with a temporary half-price offer. It also promises a bigger space bar, a dedicated comma key, new themes, smarter punctuation and special character prediction, support for Android backup so you'll never lose the database of learned phrases, and overall less teeth-clenching while you're typing.

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SwiftKey 3 launches half price on Google Play today for $1.99

SwiftKey 3, the next generation of the award winning keyboard app for Android devices, comes out of beta and is available to download on Google Play half price today for $1.99 / £1.49. SwiftKey 3 now offers the most accurate and complete auto-correction and prediction available on any smartphone or tablet.

The new version introduces a major leap forwards in auto-correction in addition to a wealth of other industry leading features, including:

Smart Space – adding to SwiftKey's already cutting edge correction, Smart Space detects mistyped or omitted spaces across strings of poorly typed words in real-time.

Two new themes – a new theme, 'Cobalt', to match SwiftKey's new look and feel, and an Ice Cream Sandwich-styled 'Holo' theme, as voted for by SwiftKey's VIP community.

An enhanced UI – a much larger space bar and smart punctuation key help improve accuracy and make it quick and easy to access common punctuation.

Additional languages – SwiftKey 3 now offers support for an additional seven languages, bringing the total up to 42. The new languages are Korean, Estonian, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Serbian.

"This new version of SwiftKey really provides the easiest, quickest and most accurate way to type on a touchscreen," said SwiftKey CEO Jon Reynolds. "Now you can focus on what you actually want to say when typing on a touchscreen, rather than struggling with typos and bad auto-corrections."

The app has been continuously refined since its initial beta launch in April, thanks to the feedback of SwiftKey's VIP community of over 65,000 testers. The improvements include:

- A dedicated comma key, and the <123> key in the bottom-left corner.
- Refined Smart Punctuation pop-up for better, more consistent behaviour.
- Improved Smart Space functionality for easier email addresses and URL entry.
- Reduced lag on some devices for a more responsive experience.
- Reintroduction of the long-press duration setting by popular request.
- Further improved prediction algorithms for even more accurate next word suggestions.
- Updated gestures for easier shortcuts.
- Several bug fixes.

SwiftKey's next word prediction is now so powerful that the company is also putting the app's underlying technology into the hands of doctors and nurses. In addition to SwiftKey 3, SwiftKey Healthcare launches today to help health professionals take faster and more accurate notes on tablet computers. In early trials of the product, its language models designed specifically for healthcare helped clinicians save an average of half the time they usually spent typing. SwiftKey's first entry into the enterprise market illustrates the wide range of contexts that can benefit from this groundbreaking technology.

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