In an announcement on their blog, SwiftKey for Android predictions is now powered by the Neural Alpha neural network. In October 2015, SwiftKey Neural Alpha was released as an experimental prototype on SwiftKey Greenhouse (similar to Microsoft Garage) and is now available as a new update to SwiftKey for Android in the Google Play Store.
Here is the full changelog for the SwiftKey for Android update:
- We’ve rebuilt SwiftKey’s language engine from the ground up, laying the foundation for the next generation of our technology. The power of neural networks offers more human predictions by better understanding the context of what you’re saying. (Currently supports English GB & US only).
- We’ve added two new languages: Esperanto and Dhivehi – Maldivian
- Italian SwiftKey users can enjoy updated Italian predictions
- We now support Android N diverse emoji in the prediction bar
Since Microsoft acquired SwiftKey in February 2016, SwiftKey has added more functionality and capabilities with each new update. Here’s a video of how SwiftKey will use the Neural Alpha neural network.
The newest update will be able to connect a more human-like connection to the relationship and similarity between words. For example, if SwiftKey has previously recognized the phrase, “Let’s meet at the airport,” SwiftKey Neural Alpha will be able to assume that “office” or “hotel” are similar words that could also be appropriate predictions in place of “airport.”
At first, Neural Alpha networks will be deployed in the US and UK English language versions, with more languages to be added in the future. Download SwiftKey for Android and let them now what you think via Twitter or through SwiftKey’s VIP Community.