SwiftKey is a popular keyboard application that uses artificial intelligence to predict the next word a user is going to type. It is available on both Android and iOS platforms and offers a range of features, including swipe-to-type, voice typing, emoji prediction, and multilingual support.
SwiftKey uses machine learning to learn a user’s typing style and personalize the predictions accordingly, which leads to faster and more accurate typing. It also offers themes and customization options to make the keyboard more visually appealing. The company was acquired by Microsoft in 2016. The acquisition reportedly cost Microsoft around $250 million.
After the acquisition, SwiftKey continued to operate as a standalone app and maintained its brand name. However, Microsoft has integrated some of SwiftKey’s technology into its own products, and now, Microsoft is integrating Bing’s AI chatbot with the application.
According to The Verge, users of SwiftKey Beta app on Android can now access the chatbot by tapping on a button above the keys. This integration not only provides one-tap access to the AI chatbot but also enables users to improve their text messages by having the AI feature rewrite them using different tones.
With this new feature, SwiftKey for Android users can now enjoy the same functionality as Bing and Edge users in creating documents and emails. While this integration is slowly rolling out for Android users, Microsoft may feel the pressure to quickly integrate the AI chat feature with the iOS version of SwiftKey given the competition from other iOS third-party QWERTY keyboard apps with AI functionality.
Microsoft’s latest integration of the Bing Chat AI with SwiftKey for Android is yet another example of how the tech giant is leveraging its investment in OpenAI to bring conversational AI chatbot ChatGPT to every aspect of its ecosystem.
As AI technology advances, keyboard apps will likely become even more personalized and adaptive. Additionally, AI-powered keyboards could have a significant impact on accessibility, enabling users with physical disabilities to type more easily and efficiently.