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SwiftKey 3 Beta available now (video)

Android users can now update their Facebook, Tweet and email without needing to space out words thanks to the latest version of SwiftKey, the hugely popular third party Android keyboard. It’s landed in Beta and comes with UI tweaks, a larger space bar as well as a new feature called Smart Space. Promising to insert spaces so you don’t have to, Smart Space detects words within a stream of letters adding yet another facet to SwiftKey’s predictive prowess.

The way Smart Space inserts spaces is similar to how it might autocorrect text. For example, “Thequickbrownfoxjumpsoverthelazydog” would, upon pressing space or selecting the suggested string of words turn into “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”. In true SwiftKey fashion, the keyboard learns your typing style and the more you use it, the more attuned to you the keyboard gets.

There are also two new themes, Cobalt and Holo. The prior is an attractive, simplistic enough look with shades of grey atop a black background with blue highlights. The latter, Holo is similar to the ICS Keyboard with Roboto typeface and a matching colour scene. In addition, TouchType LTD have increased the size of the spacebar on request of the SwiftKey VIP users.

Here’s our hands on video and you can download the beta now from the SwiftKey VIP forums if you’re a member and sign up if you’re not.



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