Tablet Typing, the Way it Should be

By Touchtype, PRNE
Sunday, February 13, 2011

See SwiftKey Tablet in action:

BARCELONA, Spain, February 14, 2011 - A new app designed to offer a major productivity boost to typing on
tablet devices, SwiftKey Tablet(TM), will be on show at the Android(TM) stand
at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The app, created by the award-winning team at TouchType, was designed to
coincide with the launch of the world's first Android Honeycomb tablet, the
Motorola Xoom(TM). It solves the challenge of typing on a tablet by offering
intelligent next-word predictions that are personalized to your writing

TouchType CEO Jon Reynolds said, "We're really excited about giving the
mobile industry a glimpse of this groundbreaking new way to type on Android
Honeycomb devices at MWC. Tablets are really exploding this year and we see
Honeycomb at the core of this incredible growth."

The app is powered by TouchType's patent-pending Fluency(TM) 2.0
Prediction Engine, which uses Artificial Intelligence techniques such as
machine learning to offer an unparalleled, personal text entry experience. It
also employs a holographic thumb-optimized keyboard skin, designed
specifically for Honeycomb, which gels with the look and feel of the new
platform. This marriage of elegant design with incredible back-end power
gives users a novel, exciting and fast way to type on a tablet.

TouchType CTO, Dr Ben Medlock, said: "SwiftKey Tablet has all the power
of our next generation Fluency 2.0 prediction engine, integrated with a
completely redesigned interface, optimized for Honeycomb.

"To look at, this is a really exciting product - and once you try it,
you'll be blown away. We've worked to make sure SwiftKey Tablet(TM) utilizes
the power and flexibility of the new Honeycomb platform, and we believe that
it really enhances the experience."

The new Honeycomb app builds on a very successful launch of SwiftKey(TM),
originally designed for smartphones. SwiftKey quickly became the top keyboard
on Android Market(TM) after launch in summer 2010, with over 700,000
downloads in its first six months, and a very positive reaction from both
users and the technology press. The app is currently available for a limited
sale price of $1.99 on Android Market.

SwiftKey Tablet will be on show at the Mobile World Congress in
Barcelona, February 14-18, on Google's Android stand in Hall 8, stand AC25.
TouchType will also be exhibiting other exciting breakthroughs in Hall 1,
stand E65. For more information or to arrange a press briefing, please

Android and Android Market are trademarks of Google Inc. Xoom is a
trademark of Motorola Mobility Inc.

TouchType's world exclusive prototype version of SwiftKey Tablet(TM),
optimized for Android(TM) Honeycomb devices, contains brand new features in
the follow areas:

Honeycomb-optimized skins and key layouts

SwiftKey Tablet(TM) will ship with keyboard layouts specifically designed
to enhance the text entry experience within Honeycomb on a Motorola Xoom(TM),
with a holographic theme, custom skinning and a 10.1 inch 'thumb layout' to
make two-handed typing easy.

Truly personal predictions

The new version of SwiftKey will offer the ability to analyze online
profiles - Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, blog etc. - using advanced cloud-based
technology to learn how a user writes, and quickly tailor the typing
experience to make it deeply personal and accurate.

Typing modes to suit you

SwiftKey Tablet will have a new framework that allows users to customize
their text entry experience with "typing styles." This means users who like
to carefully select SwiftKey's next-word predictions to minimize character
entry will be able to, but those who prefer superfast typing and like to rely
on automatic correction will have this choice.

Multi-lingual prediction and language detection

SwiftKey Tablet(TM) exploits the Xoom(TM)'s powerful chipset and memory
to facilitate predictions in several different languages at once. The
keyboard interprets what you've written to automatically offer predictions in
the relevant language without the need for manual language selection. This
offers a truly revolutionary productivity experience for busy, multi-lingual

Fluency 2.0 Prediction Engine

A radically redesigned and improved version of SwiftKey's core Fluency
prediction engine is integrated into our Honeycomb app. This uses a brand new
probabilistic modeling technique that integrates each aspect of the typing
inference process (from initial key press to prediction choice).

The result will be greater robustness, prediction accuracy and writing
efficiency, to a degree of sophistication never before seen on any tablet or
mobile device. This demanding probabilistic computation will be handled
effortlessly by devices such as the Motorola Xoom(TM).

Game-changing spelling and typo correction

Fluency 2.0's novel probabilistic framework allows for a new breed of
multi-lingual spelling and mistyping correction on Honeycomb tablets. The
system will not rely on predefined rules or lists of common mistakes; rather
Fluency uses context-sensitive machine learning to infer likely mistakes
directly from a real-time analysis of user-adapted probability distributions.

Notes for Editors:

See more about SwiftKey at or TouchType at

Readers can apply to join SwiftKey's VIP beta community at

An artwork pack with images and brand assets is available at

General SwiftKey features:

    -- Unique next-word prediction engine based on word context
    -- Rapid and comprehensive learning of individual writing style
    -- Up to 50% greater text entry efficiency than other market solutions
    -- A third of next words predicted without any character input
    -- Relevant, personalized predictions
    -- 14 languages supported, with ability to predict in two languages
       simultaneously: English (US), English (UK), Czech, Danish, Dutch,
       French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (PT),
       Portuguese (BR), Spanish, Swedish
    -- Multiple keyboard layouts supported: QWERTY English, QWERTY
       International, QWERTY Danish, QWERTY Norwegian, QWERTY Swedish,
    -- HD skin with sharp graphics and font on all screen sizes
    -- Advanced error correction designed for small mobile keyboards
    -- Inline spelling and grammar correction
    -- Automatic accent insertion (for non-English character entry)
    -- Voice dictation support for English, Spanish, French, German and
    -- Multi-touch support

Quotes about SwiftKey

"SwiftKey is, quite simply, one of the most innovative and useful apps we
have ever seen … Genius - there's no other word for it." - Mobile Marketing

"SwiftKey… not only offers the usual spell-correction and auto-complete
of words, it goes so far as to offer the most likely word you will type next.
It's like a psychic, only for less money." -

"The app works by offering to complete words as the user types them …
but is also context sensitive, throwing up three suggested words in a space
above the virtual keyboard which the user can then insert into a message with
one tap." - Richard Wordsworth,

About TouchType

TouchType was founded in August 2008 by Reynolds and Medlock around the
concept that computer science breakthroughs could improve the experience of
typing on a touchscreen phone.

After a September investment round that included funds from Octopus
Ventures and the Cambridge Capital Group, TouchType has received over $1.5

TouchType works alongside leading technology manufacturers, mobile
operators and software developers to bring customers the highest standards in
language technology. It offers consumer solutions such as SwiftKey as well
the backend Fluency engine for developer partners.

John Reynolds, +4407817712546, john at

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