Android Keyboard Face-Off: SwiftKey X vs. Thumb Keyboard

Round 1: Predictive Text

TouchType, the maker of SwiftKey X, touts the software’s ability to use smart AI for improved word prediction. To better guess what you want to type, the application ties into Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, and SMS messaging to monitor your typing behavior. 

SwiftKey X also takes into account what kind of typist you are and offers two typing styles: Precise and Rapid. Precise mode is meant for people who tend to peck out words carefully and don’t rely heavily on auto-correction. Rapid mode takes the opposite approach, assuming that you would rather slam through sentences at top speed and have auto-correction take charge. For example, hitting the spacebar twice in Precise mode by default automatically adds periods, but doing so in Rapid mode inserts the next predicted word.

Thumb Keyboard lacks the fancy AI-enabled predictive text functionality provided by SwiftKey X. What Thumb will do, however, is make “Quick Fixes” for common typos and display suggested words while you’re typing. The software uses Bigram suggestions, a combo of previous word and learned word pairs, to predict what you’re trying to type.

Winner: SwiftKey X.
While some users will object to entering Gmail or Twitter info into the SwiftKey X software, it does pull from a more relevant data set, making suggested text more targeted to each specific user. 

Android Keyboard Face-Off

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