SwiftKey is a fan favorite keyboard replacement for Android. Enthusiasts, though, know there's always a better SwiftKey out there. The current beta, named SwiftKey 3, is currently being put through its paces by the community, and yet another iteration has rolled out that brings some marked improvements to the input alternative.

Among the improvements:

  • Improved prediction algorithms
  • Better, more consistent punctuation key behavior
  • Smarter Smart Space functionality (which will make it easier to enter email addresses etc)
  • A refined experience in Google Chrome Beta
  • Fixed missing predictions on the longpress of @ and .com
  • Improved gestures
  • Eliminated lag on letter pop-ups
  • Various other minor bug fixes and usability improvements

The update brings extra improvements to an already fantastic keyboard replacement. If you want to try out the new version, you can download the apk from SwiftKey's site here. Keep in mind, despite a solid foundation and a bunch of improvements, this is still a beta, so if you have any problems, be sure to head to the company's VIP forums to make sure someone hears about them.

Source: SwiftKey

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Google should just buy SwiftKey so in Jelly Bean, everyone has it automatically available without the need to install anything at all.

    • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

      The default ICS keyboard is amazing... not sure why they would do that...
      And not to mention that most manufacters anyway remove the default keyboard so unless you buy a Gnex, you will anyway have a different keyboard.

      And if you are smart enough to buy the Gnex, you are smart enough to use a different keyboard :)

      • Clint Pedersen

        Most don't remove it, they just don't have it enabled or set as the default.

        • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

           Oh, I was speaking from experience from HTC devices and all the ones I've used have removed it.

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        SwiftKey would make it even better though.

      • http://www.thetechtemple.com The Tech Temple

        I'm with you on that one.  The prediction on the default keyboard is great.  The only thing I wish they'd implement would be gestures so I could swipe back to delete.

        • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

           Yep I like that too in Swiftkey 3

    • Al McElmon

      Came here to post this. The prediction is worth the update. 

  • Joris

    Love Swiftkey and I've been using it since day 1!
    Amazing how the app has evolved and how it all came together!

    Brilliant piece of software! Can't see myself using something else...

  • Jesslyn Hendrix

    The lack of a Tab key keeps me from setting it as my default.  I just don't get that.  How hard can it be?

    • xnadax

      There is a tab key. Just click "123" and then "{&=", and there you have it!

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    Well, Swiftkey 3 is a nogo for me. I'm a big smiley person and going 2 menus deep just to find the ^ key is too annoying IMHO. I really hope they're gonna continue supporting Swiftkey X somehow.

  • sssgadget

    I prefer smart keyboard pro on my phone and Thumb Keyboard on my TF101. But Swiftkey is good for fast typers who require predictions a lot.

    • http://www.thetechtemple.com The Tech Temple

      SmartKeyboard Pro in the house!  I like that they have soooo many skins and support a lot of languages.

  • Jesslyn Hendrix

    A tab key buried under two menus is all but useless

  • Jesslyn Hendrix

    Thumb Keyboard is a great barebones (for me) replacement of SwiftKey 3

  • Spydie

    Still wish some keyboard dev would give the us the option to increase the space between the spacebar row and the next row so we fast typists aren't hitting the space or period key every time we want a "B", "N", or "M" (mostly the "N").  I'm still happy with Ultra Keyboard.  I like the layout the best.

  • Adam

    The smart spacing in this update seems to be a big step down. With the previous beta, I could write entire sentences without ever needing to hit the space bar, because it would auto insert the space-corrected words and then just keep going. This version doesn't appear to do that, so it can only handle up to about 7 words. Anyone else notice this?

  • Nklenchik

    My smartphone keyboard evolution:

    Stock > Smart Keyboard Pro > Swype > Touchpal > Swiftkey > Perfect Keyboard Pro > Swiftkey

  • Tburneymac

    Hopefully they will sell it for $1.99 after beta testing. It is a great app but $3.99 is too much to pay for the app