SwiftKey 3 comes out of beta, on sale for $1.99 for a limited time

Daniel Bader

June 21, 2012 12:05pm

SwiftKey 3, one of our favourite third-party Android keyboards, has come out of beta today and is launching its new version with a half-off sale.

The keyboard has improved significantly since its inception, and now that it has come out of beta the changelog is pretty extensive. We’ve been using the beta almost exclusively over the past few months and prefer it to competitors such as Swype (though we understand how Swype would be preferable to some users).

– Smart Space – adding to SwiftKey’s already cutting edge correction, Smart Space detects mistyped or omitted spaces across strings of poorly 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.
– A dedicated comma key, and the key in the bottom-left corner.
– Refined Smart Punctuation pop-up for better, more consistent behaviour.
– 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.

In addition to this announcement, SwiftKey is launching its Healthcare initiative to make it easier for nurses and doctors to take notes quickly and accurately on tablets.

SwiftKey 3 is now available from Google Play for $1.99, which is half off its $3.99 numbers.

  • boojay

    Is this latest version even remotely close to being as good as Swype? I remember trying an older version of Swiftkey and was less than impressed.

    • Mark

      My guess is it had to be just your hardware. Swiftkey is hands down my first choice for an android keyboard.

    • boojay

      Can I type without looking? I can with Swype. I don’t mind giving it another shot.

  • Steven

    This keyboard is most likely the best keyboard out for Android right now.

    • boojay

      Can I type without looking? I can with Swype.

  • Jordan Hill

    Why not just upgrade the first one? I paid for the first one and I love it. Does this mean I need to pay again for this version?

    • Guy

      It is an upgrade, at least for Swiftkey X. Your Play app should auto-recognize it and replace Swiftkey X with Swiftkey 3, no charge involved (standard patch-update download).

    • B.W.

      I was wondering the same. My wife bought SwiftKey X a while back (I prefer Swype myself) so I can’t confirm without her device but I think it’s a free upgrade since the reviews for SwiftKey 3 on the Play store include previous versions.

    • Jordan Hill

      ahh you’re right. i thought the “3” meant new product and I had to re-buy. my bad. looking forward to using this already amazing/best keyboard upgrade

  • alexrobot

    I really loved Swiftkey X, I upgraded to this today on my Nexus One and took a bit of a performance/smoothness hit, so if you’re running older hardware like mine, be forewarned before you upgrade.

  • Josh

    For $1.99 I think it’s worth the purchase even if it doesn’t work out in the end. I’m going to give it a shot.

  • Spikedlemon

    With GO being free… I have a hard time to justify.

  • brian

    I’ve been using the beta and LOVE it! Can I continue using the free beta or should I purchase the official version?

    • Faffy

      Your beta actually expires after a certain date (mine is Jun 26) so you’ll have to buy the official version.

    • brian

      Thanks Faffy. my beta expires june 26 too. purchased! best $1.99 app ever bought.

  • Zeake

    nothing compared to real qwerty.

  • metoo

    Prefer Swype

  • vengefulspirit99

    Between Swype and Swiftkey, Android users will now start to have those awkward spell check bloopers

  • kenypowa

    The beta was good, and this update smokes it. Wow, this is the most beautiful keyboard on any platform!

  • EddieWinslow

    I bought swiftkey a while back when it was on sale, never really used it, tried out 3 today and have to say I LOVE IT. I was using the stock ICS keyboard, but this is just much more accurate.

  • js

    Amusing how Swype people troll with useless comments. If you don’t like SwiftKey don’t use it. It’s that simple.

    I have been using SwiftKey 3 for most of the day. It’s great so far but there are some small button changes you’ll have to get used to if you’re an existing SwiftKey X user. There was previously one key you could hold (I think ‘123’) and it’d skip to a keyboard view with directional keys… this seems to be gone in SwiftKey 3 which is rather disappointing.

  • KnightFire

    Any additional fonts added… like proper emoji, not just dingbats?

  • Adam

    I’m having issues with this update. If I have already typed a sentence, and I go back to add something in between a couple of words, it adds a bunch of stuff at the end of the sentence and I can’t go back to where I want to edit unless I close the keyboard tray and open it again.

    Using a Galaxy Note. This has happened to me in the past, and this is why I stopped using it.

    Anyone else have this issue, or something similar where the cursor jumps to random spots on the screen?

  • STY

    Going to try it. Swype always gave me trouble because my active fingers would block the view of the next letters.