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Apr
swiftkey

When it comes to aftermarket keyboards, we're big fans of SwiftKey. The prediction engine is second to none, Flow's gesture typing is full-on awesome, and you can customize it to look however you want. Honestly, what more could you want from a keyboard? It's things like this that have made SK a hit with users around the world.

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Given that sort of global success, the folks at Swiftkey compiled a blog post with some fun facts about how users in different regions use the keyboard. Want to know who types the sloppiest? How about who relies on predictions the most? Which country loves Flow? Answers to all these questions (and more) await you in the list below.

  • 42% of SK users are in the US – more than any other country.
  • Mexicans enter 2,650 character per day per person. The average elsewhere is only 1,794.
  • Denmark houses the most accurate typists, with an average of 37%. The rest of us are only 34% accurate.
  • Of course, that has a lot to do with the fact that one in every 15 words typed by Danish users is done entirely with predictions.
  • 84% of all people in India have flow enabled – 10% more than the rest of the world. However, that doesn't mean they use it the most...
  • ...that title belongs to Polish users, who flow 31% of their texts (compared to 24% for the rest of the world).
  • Our neighbors to the north in Canada Flow the longest distances though – a lengthy 6.4m per day!
  • When it comes to themes, only 53% of users decided to go with something other than Cobalt. Except in Mexico – 73% of Mexican users change the theme.
  • Indonesian users are the most colorful – they're more likely to use Neon, Pumpkin, Dark, and Berry themes. Russian users love Holo, though. Vietnamese users prefer the Light theme, while Turkish users are more likely to use Sky, and Irish folks seem to like Fuchsia.
  • Personally, I'm using Holo (that one's not from SK's stats, but I thought you may want to know).
  • When it comes to multilingual users, Greeks are the most likely to have two languages enabled, while users in Switzerland are prone to using three different languages.

I don't know about you guys, but I found this info pretty enlightening. Who knew that Irishmen (and women) love Fuchsia? Or that Polish users would take such a liking to Flow? These things can never be predicted, so I'm glad SwiftKey takes the time to look at each detail, break it all down, and even share that info with us. Good stuff, guys!

For those wondering (and we know you're out there), SwiftKey collects this data through anonymous statistics. They never pull data on what you've been typing – only how you use their product. Your info is still safe!

If you're not already a SwiftKey user, this is just a taste of what you're missing out on. Hit the widget below to give the full experience a shot.

via SwiftKey Blog

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. 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- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • johnforamerica

    "Honestly, what more could you want from a keyboard?" - How about auto backspace for end quotes like other punctuation?! Hate having to remember to backspace (or go back and edit) before typing my next word!

    • bse88

      How about being able to decide which punctuation mark would i like to be next to the space bar...?

    • Mike

      For it to to be as good as the other keyboards that I use.

  • http://twitter.com/Fysi Richard Ashton

    '... while users in Switzerland are prone to using three different languages.'

    That'll be down to the fact that they have three official languages: German, French and Italian.

    • http://twitter.com/bigmo8 Mo

      They have 4...Don't forget about Romansh!

      • http://twitter.com/Fysi Richard Ashton

        Not an official language.

        • Thatguyfromvienna

          Oh yes, it is.

          • http://twitter.com/Fysi Richard Ashton

            Switzerland would have to disagree with you: http://www.nfp56.ch/f_projekt.cfm?kati=3

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            Don't embarrass yourself THAT hard!

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_Federal_Constitution

            Quote: "The general provisions contained in Title 1 (articles 1–6) define the
            characteristic traits of the Swiss state on all of its three levels of
            authority: federal, cantonal and municipal. They contain an enumeration of the constituent Cantons, affirm Cantonal sovereignty within the bounds of the Constitution and list the national languages – German, French, Italian and Romansh."

            I live in Austria, by the way. Switzerland is bordering us and I've been there quite a couple of times.

          • http://twitter.com/Fysi Richard Ashton

            Again you list national languages not official languages.

            As you said, don't embarrass yourself THAT hard!

        • xspirits

          Didn't even know that's an actual language

          (/troll)

  • http://annika.dk Annika Pedersen

    Only thing I really miss in Swiftkey is the TAB-button :
    But love it.

    • Daniel Reina

      There's a "TAB-button" in the symbols menu ;)

      • http://annika.dk Annika Pedersen

        Haven't seen it, cause never use symbols (or very less) - well, need it in the main..

  • Jimmycap

    I just tried swift key for the first time. Wow! This is awesome. I will be buying it! Never thought I would like flow. It's awesome! Glad I tried this, never going back to old keyboard.

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

      There are people who have never tried SwiftKey out there. Earth doesn't have a place for them. Your mission from this day onward is to let them see the light. Let the light Flow through their veins. Ramen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jeremy6820 Jeremy Gomez

    SwiftKey is the only keyboard I use anymore. It's one of the first apps I install when switching ROM's. I also only use the Holo theme. Clean and simple.

  • sampong8

    Still no Chinese :(

  • http://twitter.com/Erroneus Erroneus

    Most efficient... oh yeah, that's how we roll! :) Cool stats.

  • andy_o

    So Greek is all Greek even to the Greeks?

    • aggelos

      Most Greeks have Greek and English.(I am Greek)

  • J_Grouchy

    I've tried it several times. I wanted to like it...I really did. I just don't think it works as well (for ME, at least) as Swype. Swiftkey only predicts correctly for me about half the time, the Flow version does not have the word delete function that Swype does (instead relying on long-press backspace). I tried Swiftkey because everyone always raves about it...but I always end up going back to Swype.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Same here.
      I even bought SK.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    I still think Swype is a lot better for a couple of reasons.

    The worst "feature" in SK is that I use multiple languages (German, English, French) and while I set the keyboard to any of those languages, it will still offer me words from the other languages.

    Add the great shortcuts Swype has and you have my personal winner.

    • andy_o

      Try to make it learn complete phrases and use flow-through-space. Takes more time, but it works.

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        Complete phrases?
        I'm not THAT predictable!!!
        ;)

        • andy_o

          You'd be surprised, I use Spanish and English. I only have problems with one- or two-letter words, but it does learn even those after a while. But "prediction" is too strong a word. It just learns what words come into phrases that you use. For example, in Spanish several words with different meanings are spelled the same except one of the vowels has a diacritic (á, é, í, ó, ú). To get these right, basically the keyboard has to analyze the words that come before and after, and even the whole phrase or sentence. SK Flow is the only keyboard that does this AFAIK with flow-through-space.

    • Roger

      I agree with you, as I experience the same problem...
      SK doesn`t work well with multiple languages, I think it is needed a option to switch the current language (as the default keyboard does wiping the space bar)

  • http://twitter.com/RaspberryDuff Matt

    Polish has a lot of long words and use some specialty characters quite frequently. It's much easier just to flow over them and hope for the best than to type each out out individually, especially with the setup of the QWERTY keyboard. I prefer the AOSP keyboard overall but I switch to Swiftkey any time I need to type stuff in Polish.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Polish? Look at Hungarian! "Megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért" is a word in that language! ^^

  • Roger

    I tried SwiftKey, and It is not suitable if you have two or more languages enabled.
    For example, Suppose that you are writing a text in English, but you also have Spanish and Portuguese languages enabled.
    During the typing in English this keyboard suggest you words in Spanish or Portuguese that doesn`t make sense in the text. It is obvious that a option to chose the current typing language is needed!
    So I had to unistall it, as it is terrible to handle text typing with more than one language enabled.

    • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

      Really? I use German, English and French and haven't experienced this problem.
      In fact, SwiftKey is the only keyboard that manages to handle multiple languages properly in my opinion; all others require the user to manually switch between languages which annoys me to no end.

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        I'm totally with Roger.

        Whatever language I swipe in, SK unfortunately keeps suggesting words from my other active languages, which makes it useless for me.

        In Swype, with a simple key press I choose the language I want to swipe in and only receive words from that language.

      • Roger

        I tried to use English, Portuguese and Spanish enabled simultaneously , and SK really massed up everything for me...

        For instance, Sometimes I am writing in English and It suggest words in Portuguese or Spanish, It really doesn`t make sense. So I make more mistake using SK than using default stock keyboard witching the language manually...
        So It is really needed a way to switch languages manually...

        • Roger

          another problem is that there are some English words that are in fact used in Portuguese as well, and this also happens with Spanish...

          So unfortunately, Whatever language I swipe in, SK unfortunately keeps suggesting words
          from my other active languages, which makes it useless for me.

          • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

            I see, hm. I often mix German and English or French and English within the same sentence, which is why I much prefer not having to switch languages manually. Looks like I'm lucky that it works fine for me.

      • Roger

        It looks like that maybe is because German, English and French words' structure and different, so It easier t o guess witch of them you are using...
        However, Portuguese and Spanish have similar words' structure, and some of them are similar to English as well. Therefore, SK probably massed up everything with English, Portuguese and Spanish enabled SK because It is more difficult to guess witch of them you are using...

        • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

          Yeah, that's possible. Just when I submitted my comment I was also thinking about how Spanish and Portuguese might be too similar and thus cause conflicts in the prediction engine. But then my familiarity with either of those languages is not strong enough for an educated guess.

    • jdsmx

      Really? I have Spanish and English enabled. My native language is Spanish but I have to send emails in English all the time. SK is the only keyboard to handle for me both of the languages better at the same time. I hate and I refuse to use a keyboard where I need to switch one to other. In fact I love it because sometimes I have to type English words to my Spanish friends and SK does that great. I never need to change the language. Yes the prediction is not perfect but for me at least SK knows in which languages I am trying to type and suggest something in that language.

    • Jan Mikolajczak

      As true as that is, there are benefits of that system. I use Polish and English and often you WANT TO use words form both langauges, side by side. It's actually a more common scenerio than I had thought ;)

    • Francoislr

      The dual language thing works amazingly for me. I speak English and Afrikaans(South Africa) and typing in both languages works very well for me. We mix our languages constantly when communicating, and no other keyboard came close.

  • Jan Mikolajczak

    We don't get to be on the map :( :( (PL)

  • http://twitter.com/peterhonye Peter Tanya Honye

    i love this app