After a few months in beta, the Adaptxt keyboard is now available to the public with a few new features. Adaptxt is both app- and location-aware, offering tailored predictions based on where you are and what you’re doing. The latest addition to that end is the ability for users to manually enter preferred locations, so your keyboard can quickly predict street names and landmarks as you type. App-awareness means you’ll get predictions with a formal skew when typign e-mails on your work account, and more slang when messaging through SMS, for example. Be sure to read Andrew’s review of the keyboard from February to get a sense of the broad strokes.
Adaptxt also has a burgeoning plug-in ecosystem, complete with useful industry-specific language packs, as well as more superficial add-ons, like new backgrounds and font differences. Currently, there are a bunch tailor-built for state colleges. Custom word substitutions are useful for quickly punching out longer common phrases with minimal keystrokes; typing “brb” can be automatically lengthened to “Be Right Back”.
Adaptxt is free for a 30-day trial period, and is unlocked permanently for a one-time $2.99 fee. Personally, I still use SwiftKey most of the time, but I’m thinking of switching it up and giving Adaptxt a shot for awhile. What about you guys?