TouchType online, the folks behind the amazing SwiftKey keyboard for Android (check out their development forum here at Android Central), has sent out an email to all their beta test program participants letting them know that open beta sign-up for the SwiftKey VIP program is ending Jan. 18.  The SwiftKey VIP program gives access to testing builds of the application, as well as access to the confidential VIP discussion forum at SwiftKey's website.  Anyone with software beta-testing experience, or who would like to get started should enroll while they can -- you can do that right here.  Word is some great new features are soon to be tested, and you don't want to miss out on a chance to test them.

Joe Braidwood, Chief Marketing Officer at TouchType also reminds everyone that it's not too late to vote in the CES Mobile Apps Showdown, so check that out right here, and make your voice heard. 

There are 12 comments

mjneid says:

I signed up for this, and they tell you to check the Market for the beta, kinda of a rip off if you ask me.

and they also tell you in the market that a battery pull may end the "beta testing".... kinda cheesy in my book.

fbird18 says:

I just signed up on swiftkeys website and they sent me a confirmation email. But I can't find a beta version download anywhere. All I found was links to the market paid and free versions. So what's the point of signing up? Is the free market version the beta? I'm confused...

going_home says:

I downloaded it like an app a week or so ago from the market.
But you still had to sign up on the phone and respond to an email.
And then download it onto the phone.
I really tried to like this program, I really did.
I like the way the number keys are set up better than any other
keyboard I've tried.
But I am so much faster at typing with Swype that its no contest
between these two programs.
Swype wins hands down.


johnny99 says:

I downloaded it from the Android market. This is my favorite keyboard. No idea what the beta program is, though.

digink#AC says:

Swype>Ultra Keyboard>Swiftkey... period.

sehnsucht says:

I don't get all these keyboards (swype also) doing beta-only releases. I want to check swype out, but I can't. It comes free on some phones, apparently - just not mine. Now Swiftkey. When are these things going to come out of beta so people can just download them on the market like any other app?

Smokexz says:

I thought this keyboard was meh... Swype ftw! Actually, Gingerbread keyboard is the best though.

stopsign002 says:

I used this before I switched to the gingerbread keyboard. I absolutely love the gingerbread keyboard

going_home says:

I gave my Gingerbread keyboard back to Best Buy after a week.
I wasnt impressed in the least by the phone it came on.


onixblack says:

I signed up and wait to be approved and now I can't get the beta? any help

SwiftKey is finalizing feature requests from the current market version now for the next beta later this month. There is a free trial here: http://www.swiftkey.net/download.html or from AppBrain

The free 30-day trial is the same as the current market version but expires in 30 days.

newboyx says:

I got an email this morning that stated the next beta release will be in 2 weeks.