Yesterday, Swype released a new Beta of its keyboard with a new look, a better swiping and typing experience, better word prediction and more. Now, just a day after, TouchType has released a new major update of its popular keyboard, Swiftkey X. The update renames the keyboard to Swiftkey 3, and brings with it a new Ice Cream Sandwich like look, more themes, an improved prediction engine, and ‘Smart Space’.
Frankly, I had never liked the original Swiftkey X keyboard. The keyboard had an outstanding prediction system but the keyboard layout was nothing short of a disaster. However, I have been beta-testing Swiftkey 3 for the last two months, and I must say TouchType has done an outstanding work here. The layout of Swiftkey 3 is much, much better than Swiftkey X, and the prediction system is better than ever.
Below is the small change-log of the update that also includes some much-requested features from users -:
- A dedicated comma key, and the <123> key in the bottom-left corner.
- Refined Smart Punctuation pop-up for better, more consistent behavior.
- 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.
The Smart Space feature also works pretty well, but don’t expect it to completely eliminate the use of a spacebar for you, If you have not already, go ahead and buy the new version of Swiftkey now. To celebrate the release of the Swiftkey 3, TouchType has reduced the price of the keyboard from its usual $3.99 to $1.99.