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TouchType Ltd., the creators of what is arguably the best predictive keyboard available for Android, have just announced SwiftKey 3, along with a separate solution made specifically for medical professionals – SwiftKey Healthcare.

SwiftKey 3, which has – as of tonight – finally come out of beta, is on sale in celebration of its launch, available from the Play Store for just $1.99 today. SwiftKey Healthcare, for those wondering, is a new keyboard, pre-loaded with tons of medical terminology and tools to enhance medical note taking in the healthcare industry. We'll take a quick look at both of the keyboards below.

SwiftKey 3

SwiftKey 3, which has been hotly anticipated by fans of the predictive keyboard since its beta introduction, brings "the most accurate and complete auto-correction and prediction available on any smartphone or tablet" to Android, offering users several enhancements over its predecessors, including Smart Space, an enhanced UI, and support for seven new languages (for a total of 42) including Korean, Estonian, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Serbian.

Smart Space, one of the keyboard's best features, automatically detects mistyped or omitted spaces in real time. The keyboard also comes with a "Cobalt" theme in addition to an ICS-inspired "Holo" theme which was voted in by SwiftKey's VIP community.

SwiftKey 3 - makes typing fast SwiftKey 3 Tablet - Split Keyboard with Light Theme SwiftKey 3 - Twitter With Cobalt Theme

Along with these improvements, SwiftKey has seen a handful of VIP user-influenced fixes and enhancements. Here's a quick list:

  • A dedicated comma key, and the <123> key in the bottom-left corner.
  • Refined Smart Punctuation pop-up for better, more consistent behavior.
  • Improved Smart Space functionality for easier email addresses and URL entry.
  • Reduced lag on some devices for a more responsive experience.
  • Reintroduction of the long-press duration setting by popular request.
  • Further improved prediction algorithms for even more accurate next word suggestions.
  • Updated gestures for easier shortcuts.
  • Several bug fixes.

Whether you're already a fan of SwiftKey's awesome predictive typing solution, or you're just in search of a great replacement keyboard for a discount, hit the appropriate widget below to grab SwiftKey 3 for your tablet or smartphone.

SwiftKey Healthcare

"SwiftKey’s next word prediction is now so powerful that the company is also putting the app’s underlying technology into the hands of doctors and nurses," reads SK's presser. Indeed, in a brilliant move, the predictive typing wizards have decided to create a special keyboard for medical professionals, one which allows them to take notes at lightning speed with more accuracy and clarity.

The keyboard, which promises to "cut medical note-taking time in half," has already been licensed to four healthcare organizations, with a dozen more operating trials in progress. The keyboard not only includes specific healthcare-related word predictions, but also eases the process of typing out complicated drug names and medical conditions, solving "the frustrations normally associated with writing on smartphones and tablets."

SwiftKey Healthcare - Productivity Dashboard SwiftKey Healthcare - Tablet (Prescribed)

SK's Healthcare-centered solution not only offers the TouchType's amazing keyboard to participating organizations, but also provides an online productivity dashboard so clients can see just how much time and how many keystrokes have been saved. With clinicians saving an average of 3.4 million keystrokes per week, it sounds like SwiftKey Healthcare has serious potential to help practitioners ease their workflow when caring for patients. For more information about SwiftKey Healthcare, head over to SK's website here.

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.

  • Peter Henkel

    Still no Sense theme. :(

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

    Loving the new update - I've been staying away from the beta after trying the first one since it didn't pick up any of the words SK already learned, and it wasn't nearly as polished as it needed to be. This release version is awesome.

    • mesmorino

      Oh you've been missing out, the subsequent beta updates were significantly better.

  • http://twitter.com/SoWhy SoWhy

    I find it very irresponsible of them to declare SK 3 finished with known bugs like "occasionally [read: often]  secondary characters simply disappear and SK stops predicting words that have them in it"

  • Himmat Singh

    I don't see it on sale. Used all their Beta 3 versions, and was thinking of upgrading. Thought a sale would help. Might as well wait for it...

    Edit: I am referring to their tablet version.

  • DannyBiker

    Oh God, these news fonts are hideous ! What is that "My first keyboard" ?

  • http://twitter.com/Kaerosnow Chris Bozsik

    Only gripe I have with the keyboard is that it doesn't use ICS native voice to text system; thus no words popping up on the screen while you talk.

    • David Z

       Do you know if there is any third party keyboard that natively supports the ICS voice typing without the pull down notification, select input method workaround? I tried googling and didn't get any hits. Then again, my google-fu is weak.

  • Christoph Wagner

    Perfect:) When I bought SK X it wasn't on the Google store. So the sale is a perfect opportunity to have easier updates:)

  • InvaderDJ

    If I've got the beta version is there a way to copy my settings over to the new version?  I've been using the beta just long enough to get it personalized and really don't want to start over.

    • Christopher Bement

      It should keep the settings, but really it takes 2 minutes I don't see the big deal.

      • http://twitter.com/SvenDaWhoop Sky Sailor

        I want to keep all the data too. Titanium Backup is not showing Swiftkey3 beta and swiftkey 3 as the same app, so i can't restore the data...

        Edit: The installer can uninstall the Beta and keep all the previous data. Perfect! :)

        • Christopher Bement

          You're hit. Swiftkey 3 is going off the old Swiftkey X data. It's the same paid app in the play store.

  • http://twitter.com/SvenDaWhoop Sky Sailor

    The Installer gives an Option to uninstall the Beta and keep all the data. Perfekt! :)

  • Barrie McNaught

    Seeing as it has replaced swiftkey x and i have both swiftkey x and swiftkey 3 beta installed do we know which settings it will take?

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    Is there a possibility to keep the old Swiftkey X and install Swiftkey 3 without overwriting it? I wanna try it out and because I'm not too fond of a few features (no extra ? and !, not having the ^ long-press on c anymore) and I wanna see if I can live without it.

    (And yes, I already purchased it, I just not wanna over-write my Swiftkey X and I wanna try the full version of Swiftkey 3, not the betas)

    • Sean

      You would probably just have to back up SwiftKey X with Titanium Backup or somesuch, and restore it if you end up not liking SK3.

  • http://twitter.com/jheyneman James Heyneman

    Hmm, I got Swiftkey, then Swiftkey X for free on the Amazon Appstore a while back.  I just opened the Appstore and it updated it to Swiftkey 3.  Pleasant surprise, didn't have to pay for it.  Although, I'm considering it since it's on sale and the Appstore can be a pain in the ass.

  • Arnie

    Not liking the new look, looks cheap and cheerful. Also HATE not having a dedicated question mark button.... Its doing my head in!! Oh and a dedicated ! button... Who says this is progress?

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    Is there a way to make the phone go fullscreen in portrait mode - basically like the landscape mode where it doesnt show the app at the top but gives you a text box to type in?

    That remains one of the big reasons I never switched to swiftkey from smart keyboard despite picking it up in the 10p sale and thinking it is better at predictions etc.

  • Dylan Ea

    I love Smart Space but the keyboard still has the smiley as a main press and enter as a long press in the stock messaging app which I dislike. If you're gonna long press the button to choose smileys beyond (and including) the basic ":-)", why not have the enter key be the main press?