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Swiftkey launches the first smartphone keyboard app powered by neural networks

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Swiftkey announced today that it has launched a smartphone keyboard that uses neural networks to perform more accurate 'next-word predictions.' According to the company, its Android flavored Swiftkey app will now deliver a neural network powered keyboard. You might recall that last October, Swiftkey announced the first smartphone QWERTY to use neural networks. At the time, the company said it was "the first time this type of language model technology has been engineered specifically to operate locally on a smartphone keyboard."

As an example of how this technology works, Swiftkey takes a sample phrase, "Let’s meet at the airport", and figures out that "hotel" or "office" are words that could be interchanged with "airport" and offers them as possible predictive choices. It also figures out that "Let’s meet at the airport" is structured similarly to "Let’s chat at the office". This update has the potential to make typing a letter much zippier and more fun.

U.S. and U.K. Swiftkey Android users will get first crack at the update, with more areas coming soon. There is no word on whether iOS users will get the same feature down the road. If you are an Android user and want to update your Swiftkey app, or would like to try it out, click on the link below.

Update or download Swiftkey for Android by clicking on this link.


source: Swiftkey

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