Android users will argue, constantly, over which keyboard is better. That’s one of the joys of having the freedom to choose your input method, and even the stock method is pretty good. But SwiftKey is about to start turning up in a surprising place.
Swiping, With Hopefully No Sideswiping
Yes, SwiftKey is coming to your car. Specifically, it’ll be coming to an aftermarket GPS and entertainment system called the Clarion AX1, which is essentially an Android tablet you can install in your dashboard to give you directions and detach and hand to the kids so they can amuse themselves without punching each other and you can drive in peace. Note that we don’t recommend doing this while you’re driving.
Messaging For Entertainment
Why did Clarion choose SwiftKey? Well, drivers aren’t supposed to be sending messages, obviously, so this is intended more for the passenger to read the message and ask the driver what they want to respond with. Taking dictation is a lot easier when your Android keyboard actually works, after all. Of course, one thing that isn’t clear is why you can’t just use your phone for this, but we suppose some people just prefer to keep their phones off while they’re driving. Or, not unreasonably, you don’t want to hand a child your phone. That’s generally how phones wind up flying out the window.
Swift Driving, SwiftKey
You can expect to see more and more of these systems, and sooner than you might expect; Google recently announced the Open Auto Alliance to install more Android systems and apps into more cars, and they’ve got some major automakers behind them. But, if you want to ensure that you have a keyboard that doesn’t make you want to throw your Android device in the backseat, you might want to look into SwiftKey.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.