Microsoft buys SwiftKey, maker of the famous Android and iOS keyboard, for $250 million
posted by Florin T. / Feb 02, 2016, 6:59 PM
In case you don't know, SwiftKey is a software keyboard for Android and iOS, and it's extremely popular: at the moment, it's installed on about 300 million devices (Android and iOS combined). According to The Financial Times, Microsoft is paying $250 million for the company behind SwiftKey. Reportedly, the deal will be officially announced later this week.
Microsoft already has a software keyboard (Word Flow), which is available on Windows Phone devices, and will soon be released on iOS and Android. Needless to say, the acquisition of SwiftKey will help Microsoft improve its keyboard game (if we may put it this way). However, Microsoft is likely purchasing SwiftKey for its artificial intelligence technology, rather than the keyboard app. SwiftKey relies on artificial intelligence to learn how users type on their mobile devices, thus being able to predict future words.
SwiftKey Keyboard was a paid app until 2014, when it became free (but introduced in-app purchases, allowing users to buy themes and other personalized content). SwiftKey also developed an Android launcher, though this one has failed to gain popularity, and isn't as appreciated as the keyboard.
source: Financial Times (subscription required)
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Best keyboard ever very smooth
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 7:12 PM 16
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Hope they wont fck it up once purchased But google keyb. is good too but bad support for other languages...
posted on Feb 03, 2016, 2:49 AM 1
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I use this app exclusively on all my android phones.. I hate stock, samsung or most other keyboards
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 7:16 PM 3
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I prefer the original Swiftkey too, but the Samsung stock keyboard (at least on recent high end phones) is based on Swiftkey's core code and SDK, as confirmed by Swiftkey recently. Which also explains why the swiping and self learning effects are similar.https://blog.swiftkey.com/sams
This also means that the installed base for the Swiftkey core code is probably even well past 300 million, since Samsung sells more than that in a year alone.
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 7:24 PM 6
Samsung stock keyboard is SwiftKey.
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 10:13 PM 7
The stock Samsung keyboard which comes installed is swiftkey. I mean it shares the same AI and prediction algorithms. The outer appearance is different in Samsung one and you get a few extra features like change in keyboard theme according to the Touchwiz theme, adjustable height etc; but the internal working is same.
posted on Feb 03, 2016, 1:46 AM 1
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The word flow keyboard is already way better. What's the point in buying this?
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 7:37 PM 4
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so they can own 2 best keyboard app on planet :D and then they can see whatever people type on their smartphone, and mining some valuable stuff from it :D
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 8:16 PM 4
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The AI in word flow is not nearly on the level of the SwiftKey learning algorithms. SwiftKey not only is better at predicting your next word based on context, but also based on what it learns about you. Of course SwiftKey users who've been happy with that app watching them type for years will claim that MS is 'spying on me', as they like to do with MS products.
posted on Feb 03, 2016, 3:28 AM 1
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A good complement to their Windows 10 spying ability. Now they could log mobile user key strokes as well. http://www.pcworld.com/article
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 8:38 PM 1
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face palm... like they couldn't before. A digital life is no private life
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 8:47 PM 0
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You sure they put a key logging in windows 7 or windows 8.1?? No that I know of. http://www.forbes.com/sites/go
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 8:59 PM 3
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