If you're an Android user, and you haven't at least explored the possibilities of using a third-party keyboard -- why? Swype has gained lots of love over the years, but there's another dog in the fight that seems to be gaining a ton of steam: SwiftKey. The third iteration of the company's intelligent, keystroke-saving keyboard is out today, with $1.99 getting you the goods. If you aren't familiar with it, it's a pretty standard looking keyboard, but it adds a wild auto-correction and auto-complete system that aims to save users time. Start typing a word, and if it's something you use frequently, it'll suggest a similar ending. It's smart. Real smart.
It'll work on both Android phones and tablets alike, with the following new features tempting those who have yet to make the jump:
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.
So, you in, or are you still typing the old fashioned way?