As a young child one normally dreams of a Jetsons-like technologically advanced world with talking robots and machines that know what you want to do before you even do it. SwiftKey is the Android keyboard of the future, and it has been available for quite some time now. This keyboard has advanced prediction features that are so accurate, it’s creepy. Although SwiftKey has been around for a while, only recently have they introduced SwiftKey Flow to the mix.
SwiftKey Flow brings the one feature that the keyboard lacked for so long – swiping gesture typing. This technology has been made popular by the Swype keyboard from Nuance technologies (famous for their Dragon Dictation software) and has been pre-installed on numerous phones for years. The main differences between Swype and SwiftKey are the supercharged prediction engine and “flow through space”.
Swype made typing numerous times faster with their swiping gesture technology that eliminated the need to press the space bar after each word. SwiftKey has taken this to the next level with flow through space which allows you to swipe entire sentences before picking up your finger. You simply swipe your finger through the space bar after each completed word and continue swiping.
SwiftKey learns your vocabulary and typing style from numerous locations that you give it access to. It learns from Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and even your text message history. This is amazing for a social media junkie like me who uses hashtags a ton – SwiftKey remembers and suggests them instead of trying to autocorrect them. This keyboard will actually make you question your predictability. Many times it will predict entire sentences that I have previously written and all I have to do is tap the suggested word in the middle of the screen.
The biggest value that the keyboard provides is the reduction in frustrating autocorrects. Entire websites have been created to spotlight the ridiculousness of some keyboards’ autocorrect blunders. With SwiftKey I can swipe out my Twitter and Instagram handle (@GarciaJosephS). It also helped when I was looking for Jobs in Phoenix on LocalWork.com which has two words combined. The application even gives you awesome statistics on your typing style and how much time and energy it has saved you since you started using it.
The SwiftKey keyboard is available in the Google Play store for $3.99. There’s even a one month free trial version to make sure that you love it! No, it’s not free, but it is way more awesome than four grimy Washington’s in your pocket. Try it out and let me know your favorite feature in the comments!