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Predictive Typing Comes To Touchscreen Phones

Mobile phone software developer TouchType has released the text typing application SwiftKey.

The application is designed to increase the typing speed on a touchscreen smartphone by as much as 50 per cent.

The Economic Times reports that the new technology is based on the ability to predict whole words as the person types them.

In a statement to Sky News, Jon Reynolds, chief executive of TouchType, said: “The incredible technology underpinning our application completely changes the way mobile users interact with their smartphones.”

The company claims that SwiftKey, unlike previous text prediction software, detects the manner in which particular words are used in a sentence, allowing it to display the correct words when a user begins typing, thus increasing speed.

TouchType states that the software can tweak itself to recognise the writing style of the user.

SwiftKey will be available in English, Spanish, German, Dutch and Swedish.

Ben Medlock, TouchType's chief technical officer, said: "We've analysed over 50 billion words in nine major languages to build the models that drive our prediction engine."