Hey there SwiftKey fans,
We have a brand new Beta for you to try out! As always, we have made changes based on feedback from our VIPs, and we want to thank them for helping us to make this version of SwiftKey 3 Beta the best yet.
This new Beta has:
- Improved prediction algorithms
- Better, more consistent punctuation key behavior
- Smarter Smart Space functionality (which will make it easier to enter email addresses etc)
- A refined experience in Google Chrome Beta
- Fixed missing predictions on the longpress of @ and .com
- Improved gestures
- Eliminated lag on letter pop-ups
- Various other minor bug fixes and usability improvements
This version is still a Beta, and as such there are some issues that we are still working on. Rest assured, the final SwiftKey 3 will be (with your help) even better. Join our 60,000-strong VIP Community to let us know what you think of this Beta and help shape the future of SwiftKey Your feedback is very important to us, and we truly appreciate you giving your time and attention to help make SwiftKey the best keyboard on Android.
Here at SwiftKey we like to listen to our users in order to understand what they really want. Now we’re branching out – we want to hear from everyone who uses a smartphone or a tablet, even if their device doesn’t yet support SwiftKey.
We’re conducting a survey, in partnership with Pocket-lint and Mobile Nations, to find out what smartphone and tablet users really think about their devices. Three lucky winners will win a phone or tablet of their choice worth up to $800. You can choose any phone or tablet whatsoever, it doesn’t have to be on Android, just as long as it is available to buy in your country (without contract).
The survey is open to everyone aged over 18, all over the world, who owns a smartphone or a tablet computer. The full terms and conditions are here, and the survey closes at midnight PDT on Wednesday 6th June.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you on the survey.
Edit: See Nate Matias’ great analysis of our Webby speech on the MIT Civic Media blog.
Oh what a night! Thanks to you, our absolutely incredible community of users, we attended the 16th annual Webby Awards in Manhattan last night to claim our award. An award that we simply wouldn’t have won without you.
For those of you who don’t yet know, we won the People’s Voice award in the mobile experimental and innovation category, beating Google Wallet in the public vote. This award is a mark of the sheer innovation that we pump into each and every version of SwiftKey that we engineer, coupled with the fact that our rockstar users were willing to vote en masse for us to secure the victory.
The ceremony was a glitzy affair. Right in the heart of Manhattan, webby types and celebrities rocked up to the Hammerstein Ballroom for a night of comedy, performance, and of course those famous five word speeches. Each Webby Award winner is given just five words to thank the audience, in a move that’s become a cult feature of the event. And because we asked you guys to write our speech for us, the Webbys chose to feature it on stage, letting us deliver it to a packed crowd.
So, in front of the likes of Spike Lee, Bjork, Juliette Lewis, Michael Bloomberg and Jeremy Lin, our community manager Evan Tapper and I told the full house and online audience: “You are all beautiful people.” This is something that we dedicate to our users, who of course will know that SwiftKey’s stock phrase is “I am a beautiful person.” And beautiful you all are. Watch a video of our speech here.
Thank you, again. And let us leave you with a cheesy photo of Evan and me posing with Hollywood actress Juliette Lewis. We just had to ask for a photo…
Joe (Chief Marketing Officer)
We are delighted to announce SwiftKey is the winner of a Webby Award for innovation – and it’s thanks to you.
We asked our users to vote for us, a plucky David up against Goliath Google, and you did us proud.
The Webbys are international awards that recognise the very best of online and mobile. They are the biggest accolades in the industry and to be pitched against such a famous and innovative company and win is absolutely thrilling.
We had a little help from Stephen Fry – who called on his 4.2 million Twitter followers to lend their support – but it was our thousands of users and dedicated members of our VIP forum who nudged us into first place.
CEO Jon Reynolds said: “To be pitched against a company such as Google, and beat them in a public vote, is an incredible moment for us.
“It goes to show you can be a small company and compete with industry giants.
“On behalf of the SwiftKey team, I’d like to thank the users who voted for us – not just the well-known ones such as Stephen Fry, but the thousands of people who understand that we put innovation at the heart of what we do.
“We owe special thanks to our 50,000-strong VIP forum community, whose feedback and passion are central to our success. I dedicate this win to their enthusiasm and engagement and to the commitment and skills of our growing team.”
It tops off an incredible six months for the SwiftKey team. We have topped six million downloads, hit the number one spot in Android’s global paid apps chart and picked up the coveted Most Innovative App prize at the mobile industry’s Oscars, the Global Mobile Awards. We also helped you save 50 billion keystrokes – or over 600 years worth of typing.
The rest of 2012 promises to be just as big – and to help us achieve that, we’re about to get bigger: expanding the team to include even more talented staff.
Above all, we pledge to keep putting innovation at the heart of all we do.
Thank you for your support.
:: The Webby Awards famously only allow five word acceptance speeches. The challenge is, which five words should we choose?
Suggest your five word thank you speech by tweeting @SwiftKey and the best answer will become our official response.