Ever since SwiftKey first hit the scene, one realization has become very clear to me: SwiftKey users love their keyboard. Seriously. Don't even try to convince those guys (and gals) that there could be a better alternative out there, because it's pointless.

For all the SwiftKey VIP members out there, a new beta just hit the SK VIP lounge for you to try. The next gen mind-reading keyboard brings some nifty features to an already nifty keyboard, including smart space, a feature that automatically detects where spaces should be in real-time. Contradictory, the SwiftKey team also increased the size of the current spacebar for those who just can't handle the thought of not using it. SK3 Beta also includes two new themes: Cobalt and Ice Cream Sandwich Holo.

There is also support for seven additional languages in this new build: Korean, Estonian, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Serbian; as well as improvements to some core components of SwiftKey, like backup of learned language data and improved auto-correct options. If you're still not sold, watch SwiftKey 3 beta go head-to-head with the current reigning champ of keyboards (in my opinion, anyway), the stock ICS keyboard.

The beta is available for members of the VIP community, so hit the link below to sign up and grab the download.

SwiftKey's servers are getting hit pretty hard due to the release of 3 beta, so it may take several tries to actually get through. Keep trying!

[Swiftkey VIP via Swiftkey]

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.

  • Kokusho

    Don't try to convince us because IT IS POINTLESS ! SwiftKey rox that's a fact !

  • thatguy188

    Took me 1 1/2 hours of retries to get through. Got it now. It's awesome. What I need to get used to is they switched the Swiftkey button & numbers button.

  • Chris

    I just wish these keyboards had a delete button.
    It is a bit of a pain having to move the cursor and then use back space.

  • bobAbooey

    Thank god, a bigger spacebar.

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

    For a second I thought we were back to their April Fools joke.

  • Stephen

    can someone post the apk somewhere for download? I am unable to get through. I have been trying for hours...

    • AaronZ

      Keep trying. I am sure their servers are being slammed with this news.

  • AaronZ

    I downloaded the beta and it rocks!! Totally awesome. Can't wait until it is out of beta and final!

    • Stephen

      I finally get through to a page. Where is the download link. the page says it's the VIP page. I see no download link

      • http://blog.ravrahn.net Ravrahn

        You need to be logged in to view it. You can create an account with the Register button in the top right.

  • Ess

    Ausdroid are providing the download link straight to the APK, why isn't AP?

    Anyways, here it is:

    • https://plus.google.com/112562624243055818615 Sean


      I can't believe one keyboard is really causing that much of a fuss to take down their site!

      Worth it tho ;)

    • http://www.twitter.com/kaushalmodi Kaushal

      Thanks for the mirror!

  • Danny365

    Will we have to buy the app again when the final release comes out, or it will be just a free update?

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

      For everyone wondering, we've confirmed with SwiftKey that SK 3 will be a free update to all existing users.

      • Chris Bozsik

        That's good to hear :) I picked up both the phone and tablet versions when they were on sale in the past, glad to hear they are supporting with updates rather than releasing what should be an update as a new app... *glares at Splashtop*

  • http://www.keithwoo.com Keith Woo

    This beta is seriously pretty epic. The keyboard is seriously robustly polished. And the fact that it can figure out your words, and where the spacings goes at the same time. JUST WOW. I'm a longer time Swype user, but this has definitely got me on the switch.

    And I just reinstalled SwiftKey X last night to give it another try. This is a whole new different level though.

    Bravo, Beta 3, well played.

  • Kristina F

    I downloaded the beta....it is by far the Laggiest keyboard I have ever used on a phone. it was not made for people that type fast on a virtual keyboard. it takes a good 5-10 seconds to catch up with what i'm saying...and the whole writing a sentaece without spaces thing? ya didn't worik and all the words in the sentence were spelled correctly. I'm glad its only a beta and I didn't pay $$ for it. Smark Keyboard Pro was worth every penny i spent on it. Virtually lag free...if it lags its no more than a second. It has calibration so you don't fat finger keys, and it's got a dictionary that learns as well as lots of keyboard skins to choose from. it's just overall better.

    Sorry Swiftkey, I don't like to post bad reviews but this one just doesn't cut it.

    • http://www.keithwoo.com Keith Woo

      Uh, what phone are you using? Mine has zero lag, and I can type seriously damn fast and SwiftKey has no problem coping with me.

    • Glenn Tan

      No lag on mine too. Swiftkey is the most worthy app to spend your money on dude. I guess it's your phone or something...

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

      Get a better phone, bro. There is some serious magic going on in the background to get those predictions right, so it needs CPU, but any decently spec'ed device should run it just fine. Upgrade your Hero already or whatever it is.

  • brgulker

    The stock ICS keyboard is the best u have ever used curious how this compared.

    • http://about.me/dukkokun Duccio Mondanelli

      Seriously. There is a VIDEO COMPARING THE TWO APPS in OP. You should type less and pay more attention to what you're reading, maybe.

  • Glenn Tan

    Maybe cos it's in beta, I can't change the long press duration, and that's a major annoyance to me. hope they have it in the final release.

    Also, after trying the use the "return" key, it doesn't go back to the alphabets by itself, making typing slower.

    The new prediction system is a major improvement, but I can't live without the things that I mentioned. Hope they change it in the final release.

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

      I also noticed the long-press duration option gone, as well as the option to adjust gestures and reached out to Swiftkey. They assured those will be back.

    • Sean

      Whew, I thought I was the only one who couldn't find the long-press duration. That's a big annoyance for me also. Everything else is great.

  • Roy

    This is one serious keyboard should come standard on any android phone.

  • http://myandroidxperience.blogspot.com Ricardo Moura Rocha

    Firstly I'd like to say how big a fan of this product I am. But I really don't care for some of the changes in the new version.
    The new punctuation button is awful, it takes away one of the things I always loved about swiftkey, which is the interrogation mark easily accessible. Now it takes too long to use it and makes it uncomfortable. I think that increasing the space bar to take away the comma the dot and the ? was a big miscalculation. You're advertising the end of the need for a space bar but increased it. I like the new design and feel of it but those are deal breakers to me. In terms of usability I feel you have taken a step back rather than forward.
    Also, I have an Asus transformer prime and the new keyboard doesn't work nearly as well with the dock as it used to. The space bar on the dock should add the middle prediction, instead it adds a space.
    I really hope you change the punctuation scheme back to how it used to be and fix the problem with the dock on the transformer prime.
    Lastly I think the button to switch to the numbers is better located at the edge of the screen as it's much more used than the settings button.

    Thank you,

    Ricardo Moura Rocha, long time user.

    • http://myandroidxperience.blogspot.com Ricardo Moura Rocha

      that was my message to swiftkey...

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Aaron

        I'm with you there. I like the new smart space feature, but I dislike the now-removed dedicated punctuation keys. I use a lot of punctuation (no text talk for me!); I type in full, grammatically-correct sentences, and the condensed, single-function punctuation key is *killing* my typing speed.


    Holy Sheeeit, Ive been trying all day. I dont think their servers have seen this much traffic.

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

      I was able to get it easily now.

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

    I've confirmed with SwiftKey that SK 3 will be a free update to all existing users, so don't worry about having to pay for it.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

    Whoa. This is awesome. I love Swiftkey, I always leave it for some other keyboard, or like the past couple months I had used the stock ICS keyboard. But whenever there's a big update, I install it, and fall in love all over again.

  • Paul

    How about comparing to other products for example Swype?