Google IO 2016 Coverage

SwiftKey’s newest keyboard uses an “artificial neural network”


SwiftKey, one of the best replacement keyboards around, now has another keyboard for people to tap away on. But this one uses what the company calls an “artificial neural network.” SwiftKey Neural uses artificial intelligence that is actually based on the human brain. So this keyboard will make word suggestions within the context of a sentence. It has been designed to go through a massive amount of language data and understand the relationship between words.

This type of technology is normally limited to servers, but SwiftKey seems to have found a use for it on mobile devices. SwiftKey does admit that this is a huge challenge on mobile devices due to limited resources.

SwiftKey Neural is currently available through SwiftKey’s Greenhouse for devices running Android 4.4 KitKat and above.

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SwiftKey and ‘PIXELS’ team up to bring retro game keyboard themes

SwiftKey retro game theme pack

SwiftKey is teaming up with PIXELS, the new Adam Sandler movie, to bring five new keyboard designs. The five retro gaming themes are Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Q*bert, Centipede, and Space Invaders. The best part is all the new themes are totally free! I’m sure many retro gaming fans will be excited to give them a shot, but if you don’t like them at least you aren’t out anything. Head to the SwiftKey store to try them today.

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Best keyboard replacement apps [2015]


The keyboard on your device is probably one of the most used apps on your phone whether or not you realize it. Unless you’re the kind of person to use a ton of voice dictation, you probably tap out tons and tons of words each day through messaging, web browsing, looking up YouTube videos, and anything and everything in between. Having a good keyboard can make your smartphone experience significantly better, but using a bad keyboard can ruin the whole thing.

From minor glitches to lack of features to bad autocorrection and word prediction, we’ve all seen some poor keyboards that take the fun out of using your device. Now we’ll go over the best keyboard replacement apps that you can find in the Play Store.

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Samsung prepping security update for SwiftKey keyboard vulnerability

Samsung_Galaxy_S6_Edge_Right_Edge_Slanted_01_TAEarlier today, a massive security exploit involving Samsung’s default SwiftKey keyboard spread across the internet like wildfire showing the dangers of manufacturers pre-loading third-party software on their phones. The vulnerability was pretty obscure and wouldn’t affect everyone with a Samsung device, but it was still a fairly serious exploit Fortunately, Samsung has issued a relatively quick response about the whole situation.

Samsung has stated that they’re working on a fix, and it will be deployed through a security policy update via Knox. The vulnerability was based in how language packs for Samsung’s SwiftKey-backed keyboard were updated, and doesn’t affect the normal version of SwiftKey that you may have downloaded through the Play Store.  Read more

SwiftKey’s Greenhouse experimental hub launches with Clarity Keyboard


There is a new keyboard in town, but it comes from a familiar source. Today, SwiftKey announced Greenhouse as an experimental hub for the developer to plant and grow new ideas. The developer says that Greenhouse manages ideas that are not yet ready for primetime by seeing how users interact with software. SwiftKey Greenhouse is basically another way to say ‘beta’. The first experiment to be released under the Greenhouse name is Clarity Keyboard.

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Add some March Madness to your keyboard with new SwiftKey themes


On Sunday, college basketball programs throughout the United States will find out whether or not they will be playing in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. Fans, too, will be awaiting the results of Selection Sunday as they need to plan out their March Madness schedule. For extra support, fans of select teams can have their keyboard reflect their allegiance. SwiftKey, one of the most popular keyboard apps available, has launched new themes for nine of the teams that are essentially guaranteed to be entering the Big Dance.

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You will receive SwiftKey on your OnePlus One whether you like it or not


It today’s bloatware news, OnePlus One has partnered with SwiftKey and plans on including the popular keyboard replacement with CyanogenMod 11S as part of the next over-the-air (OTA) update. Yes, this is considered bloatware, but at least they picked a decent app. SwiftKey is by far the best third party keyboard available today, and the good news is that you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to.

source: OnePlus