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.”
It’s looking like the newest addition to the Galaxy S family is going to feature some software that aims to make our typing experience just a little easier. According to an unnamed source of the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is expected to have SwiftKey keyboard software preloaded onto the smartphone— giving users even more functionality when typing on the device’s screen. Don’t think that Samsung is just tossing the typing prediction software on for nothing either— according to Rob Enderle who is a principal analyst at Enderle Group, Samsung believes “in the Android space where you have a lot of competition, a little thing like [predictive typing] can make a huge difference”. Can’t say we disagree too much with Enderle, though it probably doesn’t hurt that the Galaxy S IV is expected to have some insane features compared to the competition for the time being as well.
Thank goodness we’re literally hours away from the Unpacked event so we can finally see what we’ve all been waiting for. Don’t forget that we’ll be there giving you all the coverage you can handle.
source: Wall Street Journal
I know a lot of you have been testing the Beta version of SwiftKey Flow, but it’s now available to all as part of the new SwiftKey 4. Now if you’re already a user of SwiftKey Pro, you don’t need to worry about the promo price since it’s a free upgrade to existing users. If you are one of those that hasn’t tried it yet, now is your time to grab it for half the price and get one of their biggest upgrades. I personally love their stock keyboard and I’m not much of a swiping type of guy, but the fact that you get both in one package makes SwiftKey 4 one of the best keyboard replacement apps available for Android.
If you’ve been using the SwiftKey Flow Beta, SwiftKey has a new release for you that’s going to make your experience just a little bit better. There’s been a lot of work done under the hood, so there’s not too many new features in this beta, but there is a brand new installer for the keyboard to better match the Flow theme. Hit the links below to check out the changelog and get your hands on the new app, and remember that this is a third-party application, so you’re going to have to install it like you would any other app outside of the Play Store.
Swiftkey has released a new beta of their awesome Swiftkey Flow app with several awesome improvements. Your predictions and corrections work in more places, (think email subjects, passwords, etc.) the corrections have improved and expanded, and a host of other bug fixes and enhancements. Great improvements to an already great keyboard replacement for your device. Hit the break below for the full changelog and a link to download the new beta.
Keyboards are important. They’re easily the most used application on your Android phone, so having one you actually like can go a long way towards enjoying your phone. Sometimes, you’ll get stuck with an OEM keyboard that you don’t really care for; that’s where this guide comes in. We’ll go over all the best keyboard replacements for your device to help you pick one the right one for you.
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, 188.8.131.52, had a limited license for use set to expire January 7, 2013. Today’s release, 184.108.40.206, 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!
There is much excitement about SwiftKey’s new “Flow” keyboard that will be released in the very near future. However, equal to the amount of excitement is the amount of confusion: Is this a separate app? Or an update with an added feature? SwiftKey only added to the confusion when it released a Beta Version of a “SwiftKey Flow” app for beta testers to download. Even in its marketing strategy, SwiftKey seems to be promoting Flow not as a feature, but as a full-fledged application. Well, thankfully for us all, one confused customer used Twitter to ask SwiftKey for some clarification…and here was SwiftKey’s response:
Users of the ever-popular keyboard app, SwiftKey, are reporting problems after updating their devices to Android 4.2. For many users, the keyboard disappeared entirely from devices after installing the Android 4.2 update. In some cases, the keyboard is simply soft-disabled, but others found the software to be uninstalled completely from their device.
SwiftKey is aware of the problem and is working closely with the Android team to get it solved. For now, the quick fix is to simply re-download the app and go through the installation process again. Unfortunately, this will not restore the lost user data or all the predictive word sequences that you worked so hard to build up. Hopefully SwiftKey will have this resolved soon. To read Swiftkey’s response for yourself, hit the source link below.
Leading Android keyboard developer Swiftkey announced a new app today, Swiftkey Flow. This new app will enable users to “flow” a word by gliding their finger across the keypad instead of tapping letters, somewhat reminiscent of the input method found in Swype and other apps. Swiftkey indicates the new Swiftkey Flow app will be different because it incorporates their real-time prediction technology as a user is “flowing” a word. Swiftkey touts the power of its artificial intelligence engine by noting it can correctly predict the next word 30% of the time before any characters are even entered. Once two characters are entered, whether through traditional typing or using the new “flow” mode, the odds of correctly predicting the next word jump to 84%.
Swiftkey indicates they will start beta testing the new app with members of the VIP community before eventually releasing it in the Google Play Store. Hit the break for a video of Swiftkey Flow in action and the text of the full press release.