World’s first Neural network keyboard: SwiftKey Neural Alpha for Android

Published On: October 8th, 2015

SwiftKey being the most popular keyboard app for cross platform devices (iOS & Android) is constantly developing different ways to improve the accuracy of typing predictions. And, so far, it’s the best.

There are lots of keyboard apps available for Android at the moment, but nothing like this ever popped up. It’s the level of innovation that made SwiftKey the most popular keyboard app for Android especially.

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© SwiftKey / Keyboard of the Future

Today, it launched the SwiftKey Neural Alpha for Android under SwiftKey greenhouse projects. It’s currently an early-stage project available for smartphones on Android 4.4 or above. You can find the download links at the end of the article.

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© SwiftKey / Screenshot

Here’s some more information on SwiftKey Neural Alpha:

SwiftKey Neural’s underlying technology is based on the use of neural networks, a subfield of artificial intelligence inspired by the structure and operation of the human brain.

How does it work? (Neural Network)

Through machine learning based on enormous amounts of language data, SwiftKey’s neural model is able to meaningfully capture the relationship between words. It understands word similarity, allowing it to compare words on the fly. Within the neural model, words can be visualized in ‘clusters’, located at varying degrees of proximity to one another.

This understanding allows SwiftKey Neural to predict words that have never been seen in a given sentence context during the learning phase. For example, having seen the phrase “Let’s meet at the airport” during training, the technology is able to infer that “office” or “hotel” are similar words which could also be appropriate predictions in place of “airport”. Further, it understands that “Let’s meet at the airport” has a similar sentence structure to “Let’s chat at the office”. This intelligence allows SwiftKey Neural to offer the most appropriate word based on the sentence being typed.

Source: SwiftKey Blog

Download links for SwiftKey Neural Alpha:

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