14
Jul
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We took you on a brief walkthrough of the SwiftKey X beta several weeks ago, and now this psychic keyboard has shed its beta skin and emerged as a fully-developed app. TouchType also pushed out a version of SwiftKey optimized for tablets, appropriately dubbed SwiftKey Tablet X. Both keyboards are using TouchType's Fluency 2.0 artificial intelligence engine to crawl deep into your brain and pull out the next word that's on the tip of your fingers - and it actually works reasonably well.

SwiftKey X and its tablet-optimized brother also "learn" by analyzing your typing style in Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as monitor your precision and adjust themselves accordingly to improve key prediction and accuracy. Much like the beta version, SwiftKey X for phones also offers an updated installer, advanced settings, and new theme options.

SwiftKey Tablet X addresses a major issue with thumb typing on a large display by splitting the keys and pushing them to each side of the screen, much like Thumb Keyboard. While SwiftKey Tablet X may have a similar layout to Thumb Keyboard, using it is a different experience altogether. It takes up a bit more vertical space on the screen, and some of the key placements are different, which led me to both negative and positive feelings about it. I found that the 'backspace' key is in a much more intuitive place versus Thumb Keyboard, whereas the period is in a much more awkward position.

All-in-all, these are both great keyboards once you adjust to the slight learning curve, and if you're already SwiftKey fan, then you'll most likely welcome the upgrades. They offer a much more thorough installer than other keyboards I've used, as well as support 22 different languages and the ability to use up to three languages simultaneously, making them great for the multilingual among us.

Both SwiftKey X and SwiftKey Tablet X are available for $1.99 in the Android Market for the next two days only, after that they'll jump up to $3.99 and $4.99 respectively.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Marcus

    I like their text prediction, but I hate their keyboards for typing, so I won't be using it yet.

  • Aatif Sumar

    If we got Swiftkey from Amazon, will we get a free upgrade to Swiftkey X?

  • orlanka

    Definitely the best keyboard out there right now that I have used on my phone (DInc), still getting used to writing on a tablet (NC) but using Swiftkey for it so far.

    Their predictions are great, not just in the words as you type them but in common phrases as well, predicting the next word that you might normally use.

  • dragonithe

    I have used the beta and I gladly bought the full version!
    Love this keyboard!

  • Jahaja

    Grrrr. Can't buy it here in Sweden for my Xoom. "It's not compatible with your device." WTF. :(

  • bigdigo

    Here in Brazil is not even finding on android market for the Acer Iconia Tab

  • Shane

    Apparently not compatible with the ASUS Transformer

  • Græme

    Last I heard, those of us who bought SwiftKey got a free upgrade to the full version of X. Looks like they've decided not to do so, which is pretty disappointing.

    • ocdtrekkie

      Um... SwiftKey X is the same package in the Android Market, so if you had the old one, you have the new one. Like any other app update.

      They're doing the same thing with Amazon, but keep in mind... Amazon has an approval process.

      • Græme

        Yeah, I couldn't find it and I got a pop-up this morning saying 'Hey, special deal if you upgrade now!' Then I used my brain for three seconds and found the update in the Market. Crisis averted, delete request plz, boy is my face red, etc.

  • http://litlclic.com Groan

    Unbelievable. This is a known issue with the Atrix and they still did nothing about it. I wish I'd never bought it.

    On the Atrix the keyboard is halfway up the screen leaving you with only 20% of the screen viewable.

    Completely uselss app that used to be good.
    I want my money back now that they've ruined it.