Swiftkey 3 Now Available In Google Play Market – New Look, Better Prediction Engine and Smart Space!

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.

Google Kicks Off Longest Day Deals In Google Play

Google has once again kicked off another sale in the Google Play market to celebrate the longest day this year. The deal, aptly named “Longest Day Deals”, include not only some solid apps and games, but also movies, music and books.

Below is the list of apps and games that are available for only a $ or less on Google Play -:

Google Play Music users can get full albums for a mere $2.99, which is definitely cheap including the latest albums from Deadmau5, Eminem or Pink Floyd. The Google Play Books sale does not look that interesting with only a handful of books up for sale at $1.99.

Amazon Appstore is More Profitable than Android Market (Google Play)

Apple’s iOS is still the top smartphone platform in terms of apps, with over 550,000 apps, while Google’s Android comes a close second with around 400,000 apps in the Android Market.

However, when it comes to generating revenue, iOS is still miles ahead of the Google Play Store. According to Flurry’s research, a top iOS app generates more than 4 times as much revenue than a top Android app on the Play Store.

Surprisingly for us, and humiliatingly for Google, Amazon’s Appstore is much better than the Google Play store in terms of generating revenue from apps. It generates 89% of the revenue generated by iOS apps, and more than thrice the revenue generated by Android apps on the Google Play Store.

Appstore Revenue Comparison

Amazon seems to be having much more success than Google with Android. It has the most popular Android tablet, the most profitable Android App Store. Now you know another reason why Google wants to jump into the tablet fray with its own budget Nexus tablet – it can’t let Amazon milk its Android cow, while it stands on the sidelines.

In the mean time, despite losing the market share war, Apple’s iOS remains the best platform for developers, and hence, users.

Google Rebrands Android Market as Google Play

Google has rebranded the Android Market as Google Play. Android Market started out offering apps and games, but had since expanded to a lot of other stuff like ebooks, music and videos as well. Apparently, Google finds the term “Android Market” too narrow, and hopes to change that with “Google Play”.

With Google Play, Google is trying to create a unified marketplace for all content, including apps, games, music, movies, books, etc.

Google Play

While the core Android Market offering has been a huge success, Google’s music and ebook offerings haven’t seen much traction yet. Now, by bundling everything in a single service, Google is trying to leverage the momentum and popularity of Android Market to boost usage of its other offerings.

Google Play will compete primarily with iTunes, and will be a major part of Google’s content strategy. It will work with all Android devices and can also be accessed directly through the web. Users can purchase movies, music or ebooks without the need for an Android device, and their purchased content will be stored in the cloud.

Movies and Music don’t seem to be available currently in some countries like India, probably due to content license restrictions. Hopefully, Google will do a global rollout soon.

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