In the midst of all the Samsung Galaxy S III hullabaloo, SwiftKey decided to release the latest best of its mind-reading keyboard. This new beta brings some of the most highly-requested features since the last beta release:

  • Improved the UI: there is now a dedicated comma key, and the <123> key is now in the bottom-left corner. And of course you still have the larger spacebar.
  • Refined the Smart Punctuation pop-up.
  • Reintroduced the Long-press duration setting.
  • Improved Smart Space functionality.
  • Further reduced lag on some devices.
  • Fixed a number of bugs, including the missing decimal point in the numpad and the "What's New" dialog popping up all the time.

Since this version is still beta, there are a few lingering issues, but the SwiftKey team is confident that the final version will work out all the kinks and the end result will be its best effort yet.


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.

  • John

    Loving the new version. After this update, I'm noticing my contractions aren't getting auto suggested like the usually do. Anyone else experiencing this? 
    (I'm coming from the previous beta3)

  • omullins

    So happy long press duration is back.

    • James_C_L


  • Warlike1919

    Have to say this is working smooth. So far, nothing better than SwiftKey

  • http://bhardwajme.blogspot.com/ Abhishek

    First impression, very nice :)

  • Dmklimah

    Thank you!

  • Chris Hardewig

    Yet there's still a lag with the pop-up of each letter you press.

  • http://twitter.com/rcdroopy Rucas Gomes

    Love me some 

  • Jonathan Unicorn

    Finally! Was sick of that WHAT'S NEW!!!? bug.

  • Amadeus

    Love the new layout but I am experiencing some bugs when swiping across the screen to delete.

  • greg

    not interested until they decide to add swipe technology, otherwise its kind of pointless.

    • Wayne Randall

      swiftkey is pointless without swype? are you mental? there is already several swype keyboards, just stick with those. we won't miss you, i promise.

  • himmatsingh

    Wow...I am impressed with the tablet beta that I downloaded for my Tab 10.1. It has SO many settings. Greatly reduced lag over Swype and also Samsung's keyboard. It's as responsive as the stock Android keyboard. The themes are amazing!

    One question though - do I get to keep this forever? It says somewhere within the app that it will expire in June 2012. So they will just take it away from me like that?

    • himmatsingh

      Oh ya and I can speedtype! I don't have to worry about dashes or apostrophes - it does it all by itself. Better still if I want I don't have to enter spacebar, just keep on typing and it will separate the words themselves.

  • Kenshinvssaito

    Best keyboard on Android and likely any other platform. I am using the HTC titan as well and the correction on this keyboard is much better.