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50 billion keystrokes saved!

24th April 2012

The ticker on the front page has just ticked over to 50,000,000,000 – that’s fifty billion keystrokes saved by SwiftKey!

We celebrated saving 10 billion keystrokes back in September, a year after SwiftKey was introduced. We thought that was pretty impressive, but in the last six months we’ve managed to save four times as many keystrokes as we did in our first year of operation. Wow!

50 billion keystrokes is:

  • 350 million tweets (if you use all 140 characters)
  • 634 year of typing (if you type at 30 wpm – pretty fast for a smartphone)
  • More than halfway to the moon (if you print out every character in 12 point font)

How do we calculate this? Take a look at this picture – it shows a message that you might want to send to your friends, and also shows where SwiftKey has completed words that you started to type, and also predicted whole next words.

There are 62 characters in the message, but to type it with SwiftKey only required 30 taps. That means SwiftKey has saved you 32 keystrokes, and you are 53% more efficient. You can see your personal stats by tapping Settings> SwiftKey stats, and you can find out more about what your SwiftKey stats mean here.

Let us know how many of the 50 billion we’ve saved you by posting on our Facebook page or sending us a Tweet. If  you have any friends who have not yet converted to SwiftKey then remember they can get a 30-day free trial. The experts say that after they’ve tried SwiftKey they’ll be hooked!

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Cheers, Charlie

PS Remember, saving keystrokes is not the only way in which SwiftKey makes typing easier and faster; we also have cutting-edge correction technology which corrects your typing based on the context of the sentence, its knowledge of the words you use and the way you use them, and our unique Input Modelling which understands how you interact with your touchscreen.

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