Tonight, TouchType Ltd. released a much-anticipated update to SwiftKey X, the text prediction authority among replacement keyboards. The update brings a ton of improvements, from UI tweaks to performance and language changes, and even prediction enhancements. Perhaps more important than all of that, however, is the fact that SwiftKey X 2.2 has full Ice Cream Sandwich support, and an enhanced multi-touch framework, keeping the keyboard replacement ahead of the curve.

Specifically, the update brings the following changes:

    • Full language localization for major European languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portugese)
    • Intelligent typing support extended to 35 languages, including Arabic and Hebrew
    • Enhanced multi-touch framework for faster typing
    • Prediction and correction enhancements thanks to a more efficient Fluency engine
    • Graphic enhancements, including a better settings menu, alternative character selection and sharing features
    • Enhancements to the keyboard to change the height in both portrait and landscape modes
    • New Dvorak and Colemak layouts for those who wish to depart from QWERTY
    • Reduced memory use
    • Full Support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

If you aren't already a fan of SwiftKey X, these enhancement should go a long way in convincing you. For those who have been anticipating this update, grab it now from the Android Market!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • sgtguthrie

    Nice :-)

  • Warthog

    It is certainly faster than before, although I am running it on CM 7.1 now rather than stock before.

    Still, even with the reduced memory use, it's gobbling up 37M compared to 24M with Swype.

    Some how Swype feels more fluid too. I'm a single-finger typist and it's smoother to just draw an entire word quickly than to pick a few letters and look at the predicted word each time.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ScottColbert Scott

      I used to feel the same way, but having used Swiftkey for the past month (after being an avowed Swype fan), I would never go back to Swype. Because I'm hearing impaired, I tend to text more than most people-aside from teenagers maybe-so the faster I can do it, the happier I am, and the text prediction is so good, I've been able to put whole sentences together just with the predictive aspect.

      The update only makes it better.

      • Warthog

        Funny, I was a SwiftKey user prior to Swype. I like that I can Swype entire messages with my thumb while walking and holding the phone in the same hand. :)

    • sgtguthrie

      I don't know where you're getting 37m, under running services is shows 17m...

      • Warthog

        Using System Tuner Pro or another similar diagnostics application, you can see more than the standard "Running Services" page.

  • Andrea

    have they fixed the issues with samsung galaxy s2 email client?

    • Andrea

      oh. Tested. Seems fixed (can't believe it) on a quick check. But i'll let it run for a few days before having a party.

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

        Are you running a U.S. carrier branded SII? If so, it may not have been fixed yet, but they're working on workarounds. Otherwise, it should be fixed.

        • Andrea

          No Artem, I'm in Italy. Looks fine here (a few "minor" issues, but definitely usable now and much faster)

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

    Gah, I thought the multitouch update would finally let me type fast, but it seems like it's still not the case. If I type "the" fast, all I get is still "he" or "hr" or just one letter. "Hey" gives me "hy" and so on. :(

  • heartbraden

    Another improvement I noticed to this version is quite a few new fun statistics to check out, with options to share your swiftkey stats, check out a character heatmap to see how accurate you are, and save it as a picture.

  • Armin

    I'm glad that Amazon Appstore picked up an update already, not like the last time ;)

  • Sylar

    Still not fast enough to keep up with me and I don't think that I type all that fast really. I can't ever get what I want with Swype, so i guess it's a war between Go keyboard and the stock android one.

    P.S. The predictions have gone to heck for me not one bit of use.

  • M.B.

    I downloaded the update and it fragged the install, making it so every time the keyboard was supposed to pop up I got a nice error message.

    Thankfully removing and reinstalling it fixed it, but it sure is a pain to try to use a device with no keyboard. ;)