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All I can say is “YAY—FINALLY!” Can you tell that I am totally psyched about the addition of speech-to-text to Swiftkey?

If you recall, I did a brief review on Swiftkey beta back in mid-July. I have been using this keyboard exclusively since that time and have not looked back. In my humble opinion, it is better than any keyboard, including Swype, that I have tested to date on my Droid Incredible. Yes, it is THAT good. Now, with the addition of speech-to-text, there is very little that I can suggest to make this any better. In fact, if you look at the changelog below, they have improved the overall appearance of the keyboard with clearer lettering and larger keys. NICE!

You can head on over to the Market or to Appbrain to update to the latest beta. Or Use the QR code.

Happy typing!

Here is the QR code for downloading Swiftkey.

QR code for market://search?q=pname:com.touchtype.swiftkey.trial

SWIFTKEY BETA CHANGELOG - VERSION 1.0.590 The following features have been added in the latest SwiftKey Beta release for Android Smartphones:

  • Voice recognition feature added to prediction fields
  • VR Installation wizard process implemented
  • Improved GUI
  • larger keys and clearer lettering
  • Improved keypress handling

The following bugs were fixed:

  • Several internal bugs fixed to increase overall stability
  • NPE TouchTypeSoftKeyboard.keyDownUp fixed
  • ClassCastException
  • OnClickPredictionButtonListener.onClick fixed
  • NPE TouchTypeSoftKeyboard.handleCharacter

More details on voice recognition:

  • Available on microphone button press or swipe right
  • Settings now available as long-press on same key
  • Currently only operates in fields where SwiftKey shows predictions
  • Requires Android 2.0 or higher.

Source: SwiftKey

  • chris ponciano

    After scanning the barcode i get. " Sorry, the requested application could not be launched. The barcode contents may be invalid."

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Ron messed up the QR code a bit - I just fixed it.

      Btw, I concur here - I've also switched to SwiftKey, having tried every keyboard out there, and it's definitely my favorite, due to its smart prediction.

      Is anyone else having a problem with voice input though? Mine just pastes 2 # symbols instead of what it recognized.

      • Chris ponciano

        I ended. Up going to the market. An getting it. It's a bit fruateratibg frusterating so far, its not a fast as stock, i type way faster than It can handle, and its. Pissing me off just to type this, every. Other word. Has been wrong. And. I have to type like I'm talking. To a baby. I have to retype. Three or four times. Each time. This is annoying. Look at all the periods too. Wtf.

        Here's. An example of the quick brown Fox at full speed:

        Oh yeah the voice also gave me the ## input. I also was missing the arrow keys

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          You're not supposed to space between words like that - SwiftKey handles most of the spacing automatically - in fact, that's part of why I like it so much. It also remembers suggestions when you come back to a word you previously typed, unlike the stock keyboard.

          I actually found that typing and clicking on the suggestions ends up being faster than the stock keyboard, especially without the need to paginate. It does extremely well with long words too, due to the statistical prediction engine.

        • Dustin

          Same results with tts. 2 # instead of the recognized text

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        SwiftApp responded that they're aware of the bug and will be rolling out a fix shortly.

  • rob

    I am also having problems with the voice to text. It offers me choices of what I said, but when I tap to pick one, it shoots me back to the settings page. Hopefully this will be fixed soon.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I tweeted @SwiftKeyApp about this issue. We'll see if they respond.

      Edit: SwiftApp responded that they're aware of the bug and will be rolling out a fix shortly.

  • Matt

    I thought it was awful. Maybe better than the HTC keyboard, but it seems unable to cope with my common typos, predicting completely crazy stuff. Maybe (hopefully) it would learn through training - it's not like it could learn from my SMS archive because it's woefully small due to recent reflashing of the ROM - but I'm not sure I have the patience when Swype is mostly there already.

    It does seem though that my fingers just prefer the swiping motion for typing than tapping at individual keys, which I'm not happy with unless I can do it with all ten fingers at once. And that's not going to happen on a phone-sized screen!

  • AndroidLuvR3R

    I am running swiftkey on my moto cliq 1.5 and its working really good. It recognizes everything I say without any errors.