SwiftKey

SwiftKey Beta Is More Popular Than Expected!

July 22, 2010 - Written By Mike Corbett

Earlier, we posted our thoughts on the SwiftKey keyboard, finding it to be excellent in almost every way. Apparently, we aren’t the only ones enamored, as TouchType, the makers of SwiftKey, have announced in a press release that downloads of the popular keyboard have exceeded 100, 000 downloads a mere week after it was released to the public. Awesome news for the fledgling software with even more to come, I’m sure. Kudos! Full release after the break.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — An innovative text prediction app that takes the strain out of touchscreen typing has exceeded 100,000 downloads in its first week on Google’s Androidâ„¢ Market, its developers said Wednesday.SwiftKeyâ„¢, created by British start-up company TouchType, was the most downloaded Androidâ„¢ app last week according to the popular blog ‘Android and Me’. It was also chosen as a top Android pick by several other major tech sites, including Gizmodo, Tech Radar and Brothersoft Mobile.”The last week has been phenomenal,” said Jon Reynolds, TouchType’s co-founder and CEO. “We started TouchType because we knew there must be a better way to type on a touchscreen phone. As well as exceeding all download expectations, we have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback about SwiftKeyâ„¢. It has already established itself as a market-leading text entry solution.”Tech blog Engadget heralded SwiftKeyâ„¢’s launch as the introduction of “world class predictive text” for Android phones, saying the app has “an uncanny ability to guess what your next word will be… In our early tests, we’re pretty darn impressed.”TechRadar named SwiftKeyâ„¢ as the best keyboard app on Androidâ„¢. Placing SwiftKeyâ„¢ at the top of its Androidâ„¢ apps of the week, Gizmodo said: “The star feature of SwiftKeyâ„¢ is its predictive text – it literally learns the way you type.”2What makes SwiftKeyâ„¢ revolutionary is TouchType’s patent-pending language technology, which understands how words are combined within sentences and continually learns as a user writes.”We’ve analysed over 50 billion words in nine major languages to build the models that drive our prediction engine,” said Ben Medlock, TouchType’s Chief Technical Officer. “SwiftKeyâ„¢ is the first text entry app on the market to harness the incredible power of statistical language processing. It takes predictive text to a whole new level, resulting in an unparalleled user experience.”TouchType says the user feedback it has received so far has been incredibly positive. “I think this is the best way to text ever invented,” one user said. “SwiftKey Beta is probably the best thing that happened to Android in recent times,” commented another.The beta is currently available to all smartphones running the Google Androidâ„¢ platform. TouchType says it is working hard to make a series of enhancements in response to beta feedback before a full paid launch later in the year. The first update to the beta was released Wednesday.