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Author Topic: Swype vs Swiftkey  (Read 14522 times)
bobng
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« on: September 23, 2010, 04:45:57 pm »

I see a lot of talk about Swype (I haven't tried) but none about Swiftkey. I have used Swiftkey Beta and thought it was amazing. It anticipates what words could come next to save many key strokes. It just went out of Beta yesterday. I'm just curious has anyone else tried it and what do you think of it? How is it vs Skype if you use it?
Thanks
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Pierre330
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2010, 05:11:52 pm »

I'll have to give it a try - I've been testing out various "swyping" keyboards trying to decide which to keep. So far I like SlideIT but the $8 seems steep for the non demo version.
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holland23
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2010, 11:11:53 pm »

i went ahead and bought swiftkey yesterday. i was pretty impressed with the beta and i actually find the bought version to be even better. i like being able to click each letter as opposed to "swyping." personal preference though.
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Intimidator
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2010, 05:19:41 am »

I bought the swift key paid version and it will not install. It keeps telling me download unsuccessful. Does anyone know what to do or why?Huh?
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bobng
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2010, 08:25:11 pm »

I purchased Swift Key also but based on the comments here I'll have to try the others even though I'm pleased with it.
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joebraidwood
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2010, 04:27:14 am »

Hi everyone,

I'm Joe and I'm the CMO for TouchType, the company that engineers SwiftKey.

Just wanted to respond to say that with this version, we've solved a lot of the issues that made the app lag so we really think you should try it again.

Google Checkout has been giving us a nightmare in terms of declining payments and screwing up the purchase process, so if you have had a "download unsuccessful" error, we can only apologize. We're told these issues should be improved for most users now, and very soon we're listing the app in USD so banks should be more willing to accept payments.

Let me know if there's anything else I can do to help.

Cheers,

Joe
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Pierre330
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2010, 03:37:25 pm »

Maybe I misunderstood - is Swiftkey suppose to be a "swyping" type of app as well? When I tried it out I wasn't able to do that - might be me misunderstanding - wouldn't be a first.. lol
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joebraidwood
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2010, 03:49:01 pm »

Maybe I misunderstood - is Swiftkey suppose to be a "swyping" type of app as well? When I tried it out I wasn't able to do that - might be me misunderstanding - wouldn't be a first.. lol

The idea behind SwiftKey is simple; much more simple than changing the way you input words using tracing. It's about trying to write as much of the words for you as possible. With swyping, you have to trace out entire words. With SwiftKey, it's hoped most of those words are written for you, you just have to tap to approve them, or redirect the prediction a little by suggesting one or two letters.

Let us know how you find it!
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smoke362
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2010, 03:50:30 am »

Hi everyone,

I'm Joe and I'm the CMO for TouchType, the company that engineers SwiftKey.

Just wanted to respond to say that with this version, we've solved a lot of the issues that made the app lag so we really think you should try it again.

Google Checkout has been giving us a nightmare in terms of declining payments and screwing up the purchase process, so if you have had a "download unsuccessful" error, we can only apologize. We're told these issues should be improved for most users now, and very soon we're listing the app in USD so banks should be more willing to accept payments.

Let me know if there's anything else I can do to help.

Cheers,

Joe

Not just swiftkey is having problems. I had problems when i purchased my sling box app also. But I agree, it is nice for a dev to come to the forum and attempt to help.
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boosted1993eg
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2010, 03:25:24 am »

I personally recommend slideit I'm using it now and loving it. The free one eventually expired but found it .
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redbusdriver
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« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2010, 04:55:41 pm »

A question for Joe.

Swiftkey appears to be functionally similar to the HTC Sense default keyboard for the One. Are there differences and/or greater functionality for Swiftkey vs the default?

Thanks in advance...
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groundzero
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2010, 12:18:41 am »

Is the swiftkey keyboard worth purchasing? I seen a lot of good comments but it cost $3.99. I'm still debating.
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joebraidwood
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« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2010, 03:23:14 pm »

Sorry for the slight lag replying here... been very busy!

Re the question about what's different between our keyboard and the HTC IME... Well, it's pretty massive. Our keyboard uses incredibly advanced probabilistic word prediction models that understand the relationship between words and constantly learn from you. This offers prediction accuracy unlike anything you'll seen before and it'll speed you up a whole lot.

Our skin is pretty basic right now, but we're working on better skins and over the next few months the keyboard will keep getting better and better. But to sum up, it's the only keyboard on the market that uses AI-based prediction tech and as such, it's a gamechanger.

Cheers,

Joe
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lambo
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« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2010, 05:15:33 pm »

Joe, will Swiftkey eventually evolve a swiping method as opposed to tap input? I must say it sounds amazing, but I've used Swype and can't seem to go backwards in that regard. If Swiftkey is as great as it seems, it would only seem natural to add the swiping ability.
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joebraidwood
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« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2010, 05:29:50 pm »

Guys, it's not a question of "catching up". The issue is this method of inputting text is patented, so we've not pursued it as, well, we don't have the patent for it.

That's not to say we won't find a way to do it in the future, but for now we're focusing on our own technologies to speed up text entry.

Thanks,
Joe
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