The SwifKey guys, makers of the supreme, and I mean really the best, kickass AI soft keyboard have continued to step their game up. The game’s been stepped up pretty high actually. You know, they’ve got the only mailing list I have not yet hit unsubscribe on because they just keep the good stuff coming and it’s time to give you an update.
Quick refresher, SwiftKey has the autosuggestion that other keyboards have, except the others just work by narrowing down a dictionary file as you type whereas SwiftKey does all this crazy statistical math in order to pinpoint with near-God-like% accuracy everything you’re about to type. Check this, when I don’t even type anything but hit the suggested word a bunch of times it comes up with “I am a beautiful person.” Exactly what I was going to say.
Heads up suckers, embedded tl;dw youtube clip time!!
Previously that crazy math operated on maybe a couple megs of data of how people write on phones plus whatever SwiftKey learns, like voice recognition software does, about how individual users type and improves over time. Out of the box with its sick Fluency engine that is so badass they had to ™ that shit (probably to keep Microsoft from patenting it and shaking them down with their threats and NDAs, scumbags), out of the box, about one third of the next word you’re about to bang in has already been accurately predicted. Enter in one or two letters, 80%.
Eighty fucking percent. Did you hear what I said?
But now, game changer baby! Like Mango, except it exists! SwiftKey X just hit the streets. To get the whole learning thing out of the way, figuring out how you type and misspell things and whatever it is you do that makes you special insofar as your grasp on various languages (it supports 17 languages…) and typing behavior, SwiftKey X now offers to, if you want, to breeze through your Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, texts and whatever else, in order to size you up statistically to help guess what you want to type so that you don’t have to actually type those things.
Some kind of multilingual smartass? SwiftKey’s got you covered in doing its math thing in three languages at the same time. Sounds like some crazy dual core math to me!
SwiftKey X, I should note, is in beta right now and free. In exchange for being guinea pigs a focus group and a crowdsourced bug detection farm, you get to run it indefinitely for free. By indefinitely I do not necessarily mean permanently but who knows. The tried and true version that lacks this Gmail and Facebook stuff but is still great and solid and won’t one day tell you to pay up is right here, set you back $2.01, a possible F you to those who’d charge $1.99 assuming you people are that stupid that you’d be much more inclined to buy something if it were under $*.00. Regular SwiftKey has 100K-500K installs, the en fuego SwiftKey X Beta released May 27th is already in the 10k-50k range. Take your pick here.
These guys seem to be angling to get OEMs to pick them up. So early adoption enthusiasts, here you go.
Already have SwiftKey and get the idea? Okay bro, well the new version lets you theme a bit, dark, it figures out where you tend to hit the keys and remaps it self subtly to compensate for your clumsiness better, … whatever, the damn thing is so good you’ll want to blog about it on a Friday night – perhaps while using SwiftKey – or pout about how Microsoft’s stock keyboard rules on its own and they don’t make you install some third party thing just to get something half decent like Android (whatever kiwis – by the way, heard you’re going dual core sometime next year, high five, way to keep up… friggin winmorons, candy asses, hey, next to you and your fantasy Nokia phones and your phantom update release dates, poop looks sexy).
Android Market link, baby. And high five SwiftKey, keep cooking up the drums of whoop ass, good luck with the tablet project and thank you. Enjoy my Gmail, got some hot stuff in there.