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Meet SwiftKey 3 – our best keyboard yet

It’s time. After months of work and refinement by our team of developers, we are proud to officially unveil SwiftKey 3. It learns how you think to type what you mean. It’s the best keyboard we’ve ever made and we’re extremely proud to share it with you.

It goes on sale today on Google Play and Amazon Appstore, where for a week it will be half price at $1.99 / £1.49 / €1.99. For our loyal users who bought SwiftKey X, SwiftKey 3 will be rolled out as a free update.

This version is a major leap forward. SwiftKey 3 was created thanks to the extensive creative and technical work of our team, but was refined and polished by the input of our VIP forum community. They got their hands on our beta releases first and the fact the number of VIPs more than doubled during the beta phase, from 30,000 in April to over 65,000 today, illustrates how much interest there is in what we’ve been building.

The VIPs suggested a range of features they wanted to see – a larger spacebar, for example – and voted on a new theme, the Ice Cream Sandwich-style ‘Holo’. They also kept us informed of bugs and errors and provided invaluable feedback across nearly 10 weeks and three beta releases.

Today the rest of SwiftKey’s users can access SwiftKey 3 for the first time. Here’s what’s new:

  • Smart Space –  adding to SwiftKey’s already cutting edge correction, Smart Space detects mistyped or omitted spaces across strings of sloppily typed words in real-time.
  • Two new themes – a new theme, ‘Cobalt’, to match SwiftKey’s new look and feel, and an Ice Cream Sandwich-styled ‘Holo’ theme, as voted for by SwiftKey’s VIP community.
  • An enhanced UI – a much larger space bar and smart punctuation key help improve accuracy and make it quick and easy to access common punctuation.
  • Additional languages – SwiftKey 3 now offers support for an additional seven languages, bringing the total up to 42. The new languages are Korean, Estonian, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Serbian.

Since launching the beta, we’ve taken feedback on board to include:

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

SwiftKey Healthcare

This isn’t our only big news today. We’re also launching SwiftKey Healthcare. This is a bespoke product for doctors, nurses and other health professionals to enable them to take faster and more accurate notes on their tablets. We’ve signed deals with four companies already and a further dozen are undertaking trials. Stats from our first customers show clinicians halved the amount of time they spent typing on average.

These new products show SwiftKey is growing bigger and bolder. We’re now more than 50-strong. We have more people using our technology than ever. And our hunger to innovate is as great as ever.

SwiftKey 3 is a leap forward but it isn’t the end. We’re going to get straight back on it, creating even bigger features to change the way you interact with phones and tablets. Watch this space.

…and enjoy!

Joe
Chief Marketing Officer

p.s. if you haven’t already, check this out:

Thanks to Randall Munroe of xkcd.com

  • http://www.acatwuzere.com Khalid Raffali

    is there an upgrade option for swiftkey x users? i’m using the swiftkey 3 beta atm and it is brilliant.

  • http://blog.planwise.com Ryan @ Planwise

    Been using this keyboard since the first one came out.. couldnt imagine using my smartphone without it. Looking forward to your future progress.

  • Dean

    Thank god! it has arrived ! been waiting for ages. i even had the beta

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  • tomcat

    can I install the play store version on top of the beta, and simply uninstall the beta afterwards? or will it replace the beta? will it keep the settings etc. from the beta version?

  • Sunny

    I really want to use it, but it still has no Thai. Hope you will make it soon!

  • Harry

    I’ve been using the excellent Swiftkey 3 Beta for a awhile. Do I need to buy this version or the beta will expire and become unusable? I don’t mind paying for an excellent product, just curious. Thanks

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  • Pat

    $ = €… Yay! -.-

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  • Charlie Edmunds

    If you bought SwiftKey X (or Tablet X) from Google Play, Amazon Appstore, or AndroidPIT then you will be upgraded to SwiftKey 3.

    SwiftKey 3 Beta expires next week, I recommend anyone who has not yet bought SwiftKey does so now while it is half price!

    Your settings and learned language will be moved over from SwiftKey X (because SwiftKey 3 is an upgrade to SwiftKey X) but not from the Beta (because they are two separate apps).

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  • David Capito

    I love the fact that SwiftKey now recognizes when the spacebar should have been pressed… no more entering “atmthe” into my dictionary when I try to type “at the.”

    Almost everything looks good… as a Dvorak user, I can’t stand having the period and comma next to the space bar (the delete key on the left annoys me, too). I’ll give it some time to see if I get used to it, but I suspect that I will be accidentally entering sentences by accident when I meant to put in punctuation.

  • Aske

    Brilliant! Great to see the Swiftkey 3 getting released, and really classy to let the ones who purchased X get the free upgrade!

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  • wickets

    Absolutely brilliant!!! The competition doesnt even come close. Well done and most of all THANK YOU for making typing so much less of a chore

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  • Nilos

    Fine things come true!
    But is there a way to import/export settings and predictions?

    Thanks anyway for the great work!

  • Me

    What happened to the special keys ö,ä,ü and ß when typing German?
    When long pressing the respective keys they are not offered anymore.

    Bug or feature?
    Sadly this makes the keyboard nearly useless.
    It works when showing all special keys, but this is definitely overkill.

  • http://daniel.hahler.de Daniel Hahler

    Unfortunately it is still not possible to undo completion, like if you type “foo” and space changes it to “bar”, but you really want “foo” back: with Swiftkey you have to delete and re-type the whole word.
    With Swype, it is possible to select the word and have the original as an option in the word list.

    This feature wish is in your “feedback forum” since a while already.

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  • http://dbacases.com Scott Weiner

    I’ve been using Swiftkey since it first came out. It’s the best keyboard by leaps and bounds.

    It convinced me to move from the OG Droid with the physical keyboard to the Galaxy Nexus without one.

    I type way faster using swiftkey. Brilliant.

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  • Charlie Edmunds

    #37 Try going to Settings > Theme and checking “show foreign characters”

    Daniel – you can vote for an undo button here http://support.swiftkey.net/forums/116689-1-swiftkey-ideas-/suggestions/1878663-backspace-should-return-to-previous-word-undo-fun

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  • Charlie Edmunds

    If you’re having trouble seeing your accented characters, or not getting abbreviated predictions (e.g. ill -> I’ll) try going to Settings > Language, hitting the menu button, choosing “update languages” and then tapping the update button next to your chosen language.

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  • Me

    Haha, thanks Charlie.
    I got my German accented characters back now. I guess an app update should trigger an auto update of the used languages.

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  • Dyfrig

    Fantastic work but please could you add Welsh as a language?

  • KoalaBear

    OMG… get yourself a Google plus button… that’s all I can say.

  • KoalaBear

    OMG. Where is the Google plus button? … really a #epicfail

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  • Florian

    Hello.

    Both SwiftKey 3 Keyboard and Tablet are compatible with Galaxy Nexus. If I buy the tablet version only, are the Keyboard Layouts also included or do I have to buy both versions?

    Thank you for your answer!

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  • Dan

    Great Update. Just one thing:

    I Don’t like to have the “Ñ” letter on the spanish keyboard layout
    Before the update I could type it in the english layout holding the “N” letter, but it is no longer possible.

    Thanks

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  • David Dee

    Swiftkey Team:

    I opened this and it appears the hardware keyboard bug where caps lock is enabled with one press, same with scroll lock on symbols, has not been addressed. Any plans to fix this as this makes this version not usable for me? I hope so as I really like your app.

    D

  • Alex

    So when is Swiftkey X getting upgraded (for those of us who already own it)? I checked the market, there’s Swiftkey 3 Free, Swiftkey 3 (which it says I have installed–I DO have the beta installed) and Swiftkey 3 (which is 1.99). However, when I click “Update” on the Swiftkey 3 it says I have installed, it still tries to charge me the 1.99.

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  • Jack Chan

    Congratulations to the team! Saw the positive review in ‘AllThingsD’:
    http://allthingsd.com/20120621/swiftkey-keyboard-for-android-gets-smarter/?refcat=news

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  • Dave

    Awesome! :)
    Still no japanese support i guess :(

  • http://www.bureau42.com/ David E. Smith

    Previously, when I long-pressed on the period key, I could lift my finger and select a punctuation mark. Now, I have to long-press, and hold, then slide my finger up to the right punctuation mark. Is there a way to get the old behavior back?

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  • Me

    David: You can immediately start to slide with your finger.

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  • Gunnar Bruun

    In previous version by holding down the bottom left key I would get a selection of smileys, but that option is no longer there. Missing it.

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  • Andy

    2nd on #64. This is a showstopping bug for those of us with hardware keyboards, especially with (still) no ability to completely disable SwiftKey for the hardware keyboards *and* allow the stock hardware keyboards correction to work.

  • Daniel Reynolds

    Anyone else having problems with it picking up, “I’m”. It’s like it won’t learn that one word and it’s driving me NUTS.

  • Carlos

    I’m not really satisfied with this new version. Why change all the layout, if the previous version works so great? There is a way for me to get the previous version?

  • Ant

    Guys!! What have you done! The new SK3 is terrible!!
    When writing English without punctuation, the predictor doesn’t add it!
    For example – writing ‘you’re’ mid-sentance i type ‘youre’. The predictor offers me: youre your or Youre. Terrible!
    I also have French and German keyboards active, and i no longer get special characters with long press e.g. long press ‘s’ to get ‘ß’!
    How can I downgrade?

  • AJBopp

    On Samsung Galaxy Tab Plush:

    In landscape mode the right side of the split keyboard is offset keys, the left side is aligned keys. This is horribly confusing.

    The long hold on the number key now brings up four fairly useless buttons instead of the extended keys, which actually provided value.

    There are two ways to add a comma because….?

    All in all, the beta version was much easier to use and appears to have had more features. Would love to get a tip or trick on how to return to it.

  • Zaron

    The one change that really bugs me (and it irritates the hell out of me) is that I can not swipe left from the delete key and just have it continue to delete until I stop it. This was a feature I used all the time on Swiftkey X and am sad to see it go.

  • Mark

    Chinese input?
    China is a huge market for smartphones, and you are definitely not offering anything.

  • Mahmoud

    please change google voice to ICS google voice. this will make your keyboard complete

  • http://www.8bitboss.com 8bitBoss

    I really like SwiftKey and I think it is better than Swype & Co. but what I really would like to see is support for Japanese input. That would make SwiftKey the 100% best input app on any platform.

  • Charlie Edmunds

    A few comments:

    If you bought SwiftKey X from Google Play, Amazon, or AndroidPIT then SwiftKey 3 should be a free upgrade.

    You don’t have to longpress to insert ? or ! – see our video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUi-CtciwMk

    Slide to delete is still present, but now it’s based on speed rather than length of slide – see the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcBvyElHSD0&feature=relmfu

    In general, check out our how-to videos at http://video.swiftkey.net

    If you are having trouble with accents or contractions (e.g. id -> I’d) you may need to update your language models. To do this, go to Settings, Languages & layouts, press menu and tap “update languages”. When “update” appears next to your language(s), press it.

    You can request new languages and see which languages we are working on here http://support.swiftkey.net/forums/140950-6-new-language-suggestions Please add your votes/comments to the ones you would like to see, or post a new topic if it’s not already been suggested.

    If you have other feature suggestions (not languages) you can leave them on our feedback forum here. http://support.swiftkey.net/forums/116689-1-swiftkey-ideas- Please do check and see if your idea has already been posted – one idea with hundreds of votes is far more useful to us than 50 ideas, each saying roughly the same thing and each with a handful of votes.

  • Maxim Postoronca

    the 2.x version was better, this one forgets i’m using italian layout every now and then, and i really liked the separate question mark button, is there any “legal” way to install the old 2.x apk?

  • Maxim Postoronca

    and what is up with “update language manually ” from the hidden menu ? so you upgrade the application from the market, bother to show the annoying new version popup, yet can’t trigger the automatic language update, that’s really … like giving you a new car but hey you got to make your own copy of the key

  • Rob G

    I used the beta version for awhile, and when i saw the official release i didn’t hesitate to get it. It works flawless, i love and i couldn’t image texting without it.

    I’m using it on the just released ICS 4.0.3 for the AT&T Galaxy SII.
    But im getting this issue that im not seeing the back-upper numbers&symbols, on the keyboard. For example the Q has the number 1, the W has the number 2, the E has the number 3. I’m just getting this weird dashes and symbols on the back.

    Well im not seeing this numbers anywhere, unless i enter the numeric keyboard. Does any one know how to fix this.

  • msg

    I miss the previous version. I was really used to it the way it was and would like an option to continue using it the way it was.

    I preferred the smaller spacebar.
    I liked the ?/! button.

    I can’t remember anything else right now, but at half a day’s use, I can say that I would really like to have it back the way it was. this new version is driving me crazy. very frustrating.

    Swiftkey proponent, all the way, but give me the choice of layouts. Android is all about choice, which is why I switched back to it from an iPhone – Swiftkey could/should offer choices, too, maybe?

  • ray

    Is this what I want? The oem keyboard idea-bubbles each key but does not always capture the key it idea-bubbles…

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  • China

    I can’t believe Chinese is not available. You are missing something very big here and giving your competitors time to catch up. It’s been so long since you are working on cones input. Common guys.

  • Deck Hazen

    Hi folks,

    It looks like my version of swiftkey 3 thinks I am typing in a foreign language and thus it has lost it predictive ability and it now takes longer to type than if I wasn’t using any keyboard software at all – can you help?

  • Joel

    I ‘ve been using Swiftkey3 on my Galaxy S3 phone for about 2 weeks. I’m more careful than speedy when it comes to my key entry. The UI is excellent compared to the stock keyboard user experience. The predictive word management is decent. It does improve with use. Sure wish a spell checker was available. A struggle I have is when the period (located to the right of the space bar) is entered unintentionally. This happens to me with every 2nd or 3rd word I enter. It adds a space and starts the next letter as a CAP, which is expected, but it’s a PITA to edit/correct. I love the hold down for ?,!. It would be an improvement for me if I the key “hold-down” function would be the only way to select “.” for the key next to the space bar, or possibly make the period key next to the space bar less sensitive. I continue to try to modify my typing for avoiding going near the period key, but it is easier said than done! Last, when I go back to edit a word, the predictive word suggestions are offered, but if I select a predictive choice at this stage, it inserts the new word while the existing word remains rather than being replaced as if I was creating the word for the first time. This again is a PITA to edit after the fact. Takes a long team to cursor over to the old letters and backspace over them. I love the arrow keys! Awesome. Please let me know if there is a way to get around my period miss-entry challenge.

  • Radu

    Would really like to have an option to completely turn off prediction tab. I’m writing in 2 languages combined and predictions makes my writing harder, prediction tab only makes my screen smaller. Using the software for the great UI.

  • Radu

    Well, just gave up on Swift in favor of go Keyboard. They got nice option to disable predictions. Sorry i haven’t tried that 1 first and thought a payed 1 is better.

  • John

    Where is the Japanese IME? Still waiting for it!

  • Howard

    HI,

    I’m using a Samsung S2 phone, and when using the keyboard to text, the word suggestions cover up the “Send” button when the phone is on it’s side. Is there a setting to change this?

  • Hisham

    Waiting for Japanese support! It will make it the perfect keyboard.

  • Kenneth H

    Swiftkey 3 is one of the best programs I’ve ever seen on any platform, absolutely amazing. I downloaded the demo on my Galaxy s2 and no more than ten minutes later I bought the full version.

    Very good job !!

    thanks //Kenneth

  • Emmett

    Hi, great app. I’m still personalising it to suit my needs. Is there a feature/setting that lets you know how many characters you have used in a single SMS? Especially useful when sending more expensive texts overseas. Suggestions welcome.
    TIA, Emmett

  • Leo

    Hi guys. After switching from iPhone to a Galaxy S3, I was shocked at how bad the stock keyboard was at auto correct compared to the iPhone’s. After trying out a few of the other popular Android keyboards, SwiftKey came out tops – even better than on the iPhone, no exaggeration.

    I am disappointed however, that there is no Chinese keyboard support at all – not even very basic support. I am a native English speaker, and use mainly English – SwiftKey has that covered. I don’t require the Chinese keyboard to be comprehensive – just a good phrase list to speed up pinyin input, and self-learning of the most commonly used words is sufficient. I have a feeling that the majority of your “Chinese as a second language” users have this same basic requirement. I don’t need anything too fancy like in Sogou (I think the most popular Chinese keyboard on Android?). Sogou has terrible English support anyway.

    I am currently using Smart Keyboard because they have Chinese support. English keyboard is definitely not as good as SwiftKey, but it is the most reasonable of the lot which supports both languages.

    All I have to say is – release a Chinese keyboard already!! Once you do that, I’m going back to SwiftKey for sure – and I’m sure a lot of others will too!

    Regards,
    Leo

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    Super

  • http://lmavilla.blogspot.com Luis Mavilla

    Excellent job!

    I write in Spanish and after using SwiftKey 3 (since its release) in my Galaxy SII, I have three unique, but important suggestions:

    1. – Revise / add Spanish words stressed (accented) on the antepenultimate syllable. It seems that the dictionary was developed by people from Argentina who does not use these words very often. It is recommended to verify them against the dictionary from RAE or add an option to edit the words that the program is learning and having stored. I suggest adding the option that the program can learn from text files. These files could be shared by users. As small dictionaries with correctly spelled words.

    2. – When you start to type in, and need to correct/change/add a word, that word would become the first choice for replacement or suggestion.

    3. – When you go through the text with the cursor and stand in a corrected/changed/added word, the program must respect what is written. Currently, the program place as first option to substitute a different word (the original). If you do not pay attention and hit the space bar, the program replace what was written with the suggestion. So, you have to correct the word again.

    Best Regards to you all.

  • Frank Goodale

    I would like to see some fonts available. Also, a “.com” key like ICS has would be great too.

  • Jair

    When is 日本語

  • Jair

    When is support for Japanese = 日本語

  • Jair

    When is support for Japanese/日本語 coming?

  • Paul walther

    I’m trying it out and liking it a lot more than keyboard pro…. But no japanese support is going to keep it from being my go to app unfortunately. I can’t wait for japanese support. The keeping an eye out!

  • Mario

    Can you add maltese language in swiftkey. (Malta is an EU country)

    Thanks!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/asia.gorton Asia Mellanie Gorton

    Installed the trial version today and it’s fantastic. Ease of typing is incredible, auto correct is accurate and I’m not stopping to erase mistakes every five seconds. It also seems to be laid out in a way that I’m not hitting the wrong keys as often which is amazing. Sadly though, as a bilingual individual who communicates with a family who has limited English-speaking capability, Chinese is essential to my keyboard. Therefore, for the time being, purchase will not be on the cards until it is integrated.

    I must agree with others in that it is slightly baffling that a language that is spoken by more than a billion people (that billion is China alone … It is spoken by millions more in other Asian countries as well as by the Asian and EURASIAN communities in Europe) is not automatically integrated into a keyboard app that is most certainly the market’s most efficient. It is the most spoken first language.

    I look forward to any developments on Chinese input but in the mean time, great job, SwiftKey!

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