SwiftKey’s take on the swipe keyboard, SwiftKey Flow, has been in public beta for about a month now. An updated beta was all but guaranteed as the version it replaces, 220.127.116.11, had a limited license for use set to expire January 7, 2013. Today’s release, 18.104.22.168, has a relatively short limited license, expiring on January 30, 2013, and comes with a host of improvements. The short beta window could be an indication SwiftKey is nearing the end of beta testing or is at least prepared to quickly launch another updated version.
The update brings performance and battery improvements and addresses a few bugs causing force closing and memory leaks. It will also allow for “flow” in landscape on tablets. Hit the source to see the full change log and download the update. I’ve been using it for weeks and have been very happy. Go get it!
The company behind SwiftKey, the popular Android keyboard replacement, recently revealed that its all new “Flow Through Space’ feature would be arriving sometime this month. Well, it appears as though that time may be coming sooner rather than later.
Joe Braidwood, CMO of SwiftKey, took to Twitter today to announce that SwiftKey Flow would be launching “in less than 24 hours,” ensuring that eager users wouldn’t have to wait much longer to be able to try their hand at the Swype-esque keyboard. It has also been made clear that users who wish to get in on the closed beta should sign up on SwiftKey’s official VIP forums in order to receive the email invitation over the course of the coming day.
So, are you guys as excited as I am? Have you signed up for the beta yet? If not, be sure to head to the source link below.
Source: Twitter, SwiftKey VIP Forums
Swype has issued an update to its beta keyboard software which adds several new features and enhancements over the previous version. Users can now sync their personal dictionaries across multiple different devices, eliminating the need to re-teach abbreviations or names to each device. In an attempt to cash in on social features, Swype is introducing “hotwords”, a new addition which adds globally trending words to your dictionary.
Also new, is a smaller, more convenient split keyboard for tablet users. Customization serves as a main focus in the newest version of the keyboard too, with the company now allowing users to choose between ten unique keyboard themes. Add this to the plethora of backend overhauls and enhanced support for Japanese and Chinese users, and the new iteration is definitely the one of the best option on the market. Now, if only it we’re actually available on the Play Store.
Source: The Verge
The stock Android keyboard continues to go from strength to strength, the steady progress was further reinforced with a pretty solid update baked into Jelly Bean 4.1. The latest update to the stock keyboard brought with it improved auto-correction as well as a nifty auto-prediction feature that learns your typing habits and appears to know what you’re writing even before you do. Interestingly enough, we first saw these features over a year ago via replace keyboard extraordinaire SwiftKey. Unless you have a preference for the swipe style keyboard, SwiftKey is the consensus king of the replacement Keyboard and was even the keyboard of choice for this writer; until recently. SwiftKey initially didn’t support Jelly Bean, an issue that the developers have rectified today with a much needed update. The question is, does SwiftKey still offer a Unique Selling Point that will convince the average Android owner to part with their pocket money now that the stock keyboard offers a similar experience?
You can bag the latest update by clicking the link below. Let us know your thoughts on how the new stock keyboard compares to SwiftKey’s latest update in the comments below.
Google Play Store
For those of you who like to use alternative keyboards on your Android device I am sure you have heard of SwiftKey by now. In case you aren’t a member of the SwiftKey V.I.P. Community (on their email list), they just released a new SwiftKey 3 beta build and with it comes a slew of improvements:
- Improved prediction algorithms
- Better, more consistent punctuation key behavior
- Smarter Smart Space functionality (which will make it easier to enter email addresses etc)
- A refined experience in Google Chrome Beta
- Fixed missing predictions on the longpress of @ and .com
- Improved gestures
- Eliminated lag on letter pop-ups
- Various other minor bug fixes and usability improvements
The only thing they ask is that you participate in giving feedback by going to their VIP Community to report any bugs that you may find. After all, this is still a beta program even though it feels like a finished product. Grab one of the new SwiftKey 3 Beta’s from the appropriate link below. Works great on tablets, too!
SwiftKey 3 Beta (phone): Download
SwiftKey 3 Beta (tablet): Download
If you were to ask me what my favorite 3rd party keyboard is, I wouldn’t hesitate when answering. It’s Swiftkey X, hands down. In case you haven’t hear about SwiftKey, it’s a keyboard replacement that has a powerful prediction engine based on your typing history. The app has the ability to monitor what you type on email, Twitter, Facebook and even your very own blog, creating personalized prediction that will save you tons of keystrokes. Available for both tablets and smartphones, SwiftKey X is the new and improved version of the OG SwiftKey.
TouchType Ltd., the creators of SwiftKey, are currently celebrating over 5 million downloads and wanted to offer discounted rates for those who have yet to download one of their applications. Along with the weekend-only sale, they have updated the apps to feature additional language support and more, there is now support for over 35 languages. What’s more, SwiftKey announced that the apps prediction engine has saved users over 35 billion keystrokes, thats’s over 400 years of typing!
If you have yet to use one of SwiftKey’s apps, I highly recommend you take advantage of this 25% off sale. It only lasts through this weekend so you better jump on it! Hit the source link below to choose from the selection of SwiftKey keyboards, and be sure to let us know what you think.
source: Android Market
Not that I like to play the favorites game but, my favorite Android keyboard replacement, Swiftkey, has just released a new BETA version to VIP members with hopes of making typing even faster than before. The newest feature that Swiftkey is testing out is “multi-touch”, allowing users the ability to type with both hands instead of just one. Heading to both tablets and smartphones, the two-week multi-touch BETA trial is best described by Swiftkey themselves:
We have made improvements for rapid typists. We now properly support multi-touch so you shouldn’t get accidentally repeated letters or accidentally missed letters when typing at speed with more than one finger. If you could try this out and in particular look out for issues with long-press keys, alternative character selection or keys where the highlighting gets stuck. We are particularly interested in results from tablet users touch typing as well as phone users with two thumbs.
After using this new feature for a full day I can definitely say that I have been able to type faster. While using both thumbs I noticed an increased typing speed but found myself rarely checking the predictive text. Although I was more focused on seeing how fast I could input text, when all was said and done my typing still had very few errors, predictive text still preformed well even though I didn’t physically select the words predicted. Of course there are a few bugs to be expected being that this is still in BETA form but you can be sure they will have it dialed-in in no time. I can totally see how this would be very beneficial for typing with both thumbs on a tablet.
If you are not a Swiftkey VIP and still want to test out the new feature, head to the forum and sign up as I am sure they would love to have your input. If you have yet to try Swiftkey, hit the links below for a life changing experience.
Android Market (phone)
Android Market (tablet)
[via Swifkey VIP Forum]
I’m sure by now you are familiar with, or have at least heard of, Swype, an alternative keyboard for mobile devices. Last month, Swype announced that they would be initiating an OTA automatic update system for their Swype BETA app, replacing the need to uninstall older versions when receiving an update. Today, the very first OTA update rolled out, version 3.26, and should reach all devices within 72 hours from launch.
Within the update, BETA users will notice a new “Context Prediction Engine”, a form of prediction unlike that of SwiftKey and is best described by Swype themselves:
“Our context prediction engine is providing improved accuracy to words that you enter by Swyping. We aren’t doing any type of ‘completion’ or ‘next word prediction,’ only improving the accuracy of the words Swype offers to match the path the user traced.”
Another new feature is added support for Japanese language (kana-kanji conversion), and is only available in the pan-Asia language package. The OTA update will also bring a host of bug fixes which is always nice in any update.
If you are a user of Swype BETA and haven’t yet received the 3.26 update be patient, Swype says it can take up to 72 hours for the update to fully roll out to all devices.
[via Swype Forum]
Today Amazon’s free app is the stroke-based keyboard replacement system, Graffiti Pro for Android. After enabling Graffiti as your input method, you’ll be able to draw single character text with your finger into the darkened, lower portion of the screen. This is to best serve touch screen novices that may often find themselves clunking around with the on-screen keyboard. Anyone that has any experience with Palm OS will most certainly feel right at home too.
The system also has on-screen word predictions and deciphers your letters with a more simplified alphabet requiring fewer strokes. They give as an example: “…the letter “A” is entered with a stroke that looks like an upside-down “V”, saving time that you do not need to cross the “A” in the middle.”
This app, like any new keyboard replacement,will take some getting used to. Personally, I use a note taking app with hand-writing entry so I saw fit to give this one a try. They helped me along with a pop-up for how exactly to draw the letters to get a match, which is okay once you catch on, but it leaves me wishing it could learn my hand-writing habits instead of the other way around. Also, those word predictions I mentioned aren’t quite as accurate as another favorite replacement of mine.
The Pro version of this app is usually $2.99 so if you’re still searching for a new keyboard replacement and think Graffiti is worth a shot, grab it by clicking here and entering your phone number or email address to get the download link. Remember: Check off “unknown sources” in your system’s settings to start the download.
Jump past the break for a brief video showing the Graffiti entry for a calendar event.
For all you fans of keyboard replacements, today is a great day indeed. Swiftkey X has pushed out version 2.1, and with it brings some pretty awesome advancements. For those of you who haven’t tried it out yet, Swiftkey learns from your writing habits and develops its dictionary based on your personal word usage. If you frequently type a word like “triptychs” for example, Swiftkey will more than likely start predicting after typing the letters “tri”. It even goes as far as scanning verbiage in your Facebook, Gmail, sms, and Twitter accounts, compiling a sort of personal dictionary if you will. In the most recent update, Swiftkey can even learn from your personal RSS feed or blog posts, proving even more beneficial to writers like myself. I have long been a beta tester for Swiftkey (recently Swiftkey X) since its inception and haven’t looked back since. Although having tried many other keyboard apps. I always find myself coming home to Swiftkey X.