SwiftKey Easter egg brings snowflakes to your device’s screen

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SwiftKey certainly likes their holiday Easter eggs (remember SwiftKey Tilt?) and Christmas is no exception. They’ve already released a Winter theme for the keyboard to get everyone in a festive mood, but apparently there’s a neat little Easter egg built into that update, too.

If you type “hohoho” anywhere with the keyboard, then long-press it in the word suggestion bar, snowflakes will begin falling across your screen. They’ll keep falling as long as the keyboard is up, so if you’re typing a very long text or email, this can give the experience a little more Christmas spirit. Cool little Easter egg, right?

SwiftKey update includes new winter theme, updated install process

swiftkey_winterSwiftKey’s newest update isn’t a huge one in terms of functionality, but it keeps up with the season by adding a new winter theme. The new theme, which you can see above, coats your keyboard in a frosty blue and covers them with snow. A gust of wind trails your finger as you swipe past your desired letters, which then show up as large snowflakes while you type.

In addition to the new theme, the update also brings a new installer, which now automatically downloads language packs. A number of bug fixes are also included. Head past the break for a download link.


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SwiftKey 4.5 Beta brings Emoji and dedicated number row

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SwiftyKey just added  two very big features to the best Android replacement keyboard. SwiftKey 4.5 Beta just got released bring Emoji and an optional dedicated number row.

The stock Android keyboard brought Emoji about a month ago, so it’s not surprising that SwiftKey would “swifty” added their own take. You can chose from more than 500 emoji from within five categories: people, objects, nature, places, and symbols. There is also emoji word match, which will present you with emoji predictions based on words that you are typing as well as your past usage.


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Layouts For Living Now Available For Download To New And Existing SwiftKey Users (Video)

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Personally, of the many options of keyboards one can have on the Android platform, SwiftKey is my absolutely favorite due to its uncanny accuracy and its ability to learn your various typing styles. So it’s my pleasure to announce that the much awaited “Layouts for Living” by SwiftKey is now available. The 4.3 update is available for download on the Play Store and the Amazon Appstore for those ready to dive in. The new layouts aim to assist with a more comfortable and seamless typing experience no matter what device you’re on. Whether it be a smartphone, tablet or any MID in between, Swiftkey has individually tailored the user experience.  And if you’re an existing customer, the app is available to you free as an update, so just head on back to the Play Store and retrieve it.


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SwiftKey Beta update merges the phone and tablet, brings new layouts

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SwiftKey continues to solidify itself as the best replacement keyboard for Android. The Beta version has just been updated to 4.3.0.139 and offers two really cool enhancements. The first is that no longer will you need to download a separate version for you tablet and phone. Both are unified in one app. The second, and even cooler, is the fact that you can undock the keyboard and resize it. You can also choose from one of three keyboard modes….


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SwiftKey Cloud now out of Beta and part of SwiftKey 4.2, on sale for a limited time

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A little less than a month ago, the developers of probably the best third party keyboard launched SwiftKey Cloud. I guess the testing went smoothly since it’s now officially out of Beta and part of their latest update to 4.2. This is a free update to all existing users, but if you haven’t tried SwiftKey yet, now is your chance since it’s on sale for $1.99 (regularly $3.99).

SwiftKey Cloud will backup your personal language profile in the cloud so you will not only have access to it with new devices, it will be available across all your devices. This includes both the phone and tablet versions. Go grab the update or give SwiftKey a try. Download links and video after the break.


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SwiftKey Beta gets updated with SwiftKey Cloud to backup and sync your personal dictionary

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I don’t know about you, but SwiftKey is definitely my keyboard of choice. The only complaint I have ever had with it is the fact that there was no option for backing up the dictionary. Who wants to start over when you get another phone or more important, wouldn’t it be cool if you could work with one dictionary across multiple devices? Well a lot of customers felt the same way I did, and SwiftKey listened. The latest Beta update for both smartphones and tablets now has what they are calling SwiftKey Cloud. It will backup all your words, phrases, and habits that SwiftKey has learned from you. It will sync across devices and if you buy a new device, it will still be right there. Hit the break for a demo video and download links for SwiftKey Beta 4.2 and let us know what you think.


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SwiftKey launches SwiftKey Tilt keyboard, just in time for April Fools

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SwiftKey has always created revolutionary ideas with their keyboards, and their latest offering, SwiftKey Tilt, continues that tradition. Instead of traditional finger typing, Tilt gets your entire body into the action. There’s a little ball on the keyboard that you “tilt” across letters to spell out your words. If you’ve played the labyrinth games where you guide a ball into a hole at the end of a puzzle, you’ll understand how this a full-body experience. SwiftKey has even put out a video showing it in action.

Unfortunately, there’s no easily available link to try out the next generation of mobile typing, but SwiftKey said it will be available to those “inquisitive enough to find it.” Let us know in the comments if you get your hands on the joke keyboard.
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SwiftyKey’s prediction engine will power the Samsung Galaxy S 4 native keyboard

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We had heard that SwiftyKey would be involved with the stock keyboard on the Galaxy S IV, but nothing was mentioned about it during the event. That is because it won’t be the SwiftKey keyboard exactly, but the the prediction engine itself. SwiftKey does have one of the top prediction engines, so this isn’t surprising.

Dr. Ben Medlock, co-founder and CTO of SwiftKey, said from the New York launch: “Following our great success with the SwiftKey 4 launch last month, we are excited to confirm that Samsung has chosen SwiftKey’s innovative keyboard technology to be at the heart of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. This is fantastic progress for our vision of bringing the best touchscreen typing experience to as many people as possible.”


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