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SwiftKey update brings Google+ and Evernote personalization

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Heads up, SwiftKey fans: a new upgrade has just hit Google Play and is waiting for your grubby little fingers. Those of you in the beta might have already gotten a taste of what this upgrade brings, which are new personalization options from both Evernote and Google+.

Personalization will allow SwiftKey to analyze the data from notes you’ve made or statuses you’ve posted, and use that to dynamically and automatically add uncommon words to your user dictionary (because having to input all that stuff by hand is an absolute pain). It’s there if you need it, and out of the way if you don’t. You should note that SwiftKey won’t pull words from any Google+ posts if they haven’t been posted publicly.

The rest of the recipe consists of a couple quick pinches of bug fixes and performance enhancements, but this soup is otherwise ready to be served. Have at it over at the Google Play Store.

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SwiftKey Update Brings Google+, Evernote Personalization

If you use SwiftKey and are as horrible a touch typist as I am, you’ll be extremely pleased to hear that the makers of the venerable third-party keyboard for Android are rolling out features to improve typing predictions and autocorrect.

Updated personalization options within SwiftKey version 4.4.5 allow the app to collect typographical data from Google+ public posts and Evernote archives, much in the same way as Google’s most recent Keyboard release. The app goes one step further for owners of iOS devices; if you have SwiftKey Note connected to Evernote, the app will now also gleam typographical information from that.

The SwiftKey update also includes bug fixes, most notably an issue with mentioning people within Google+ posts. A few forced closes and crashes have also been remedied.

The new SwiftKey is available for download from both Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. For those interested in joining the beta, you can download it here.

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SwiftKey brings their Flow gesture-input to the desktop with ‘Flow Hard’

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We are big fans of SwiftKey, but I often wondered what it would be like if they could somehow bring their “Flow” feature to the desktop. Well today SwiftKey announced “Flow Hard”, which does just that. Now I can slide my finger from key to key on my desktop computer or laptop. Plus you get SwiftKey’s awesome AI predictions and autocorrecting. You can even type multiple words by using “Flow Through Space”, which allows you to drag your finger over the space bar to quickly type SwiftyKey’s predicted words.

With “Flow Hard”, I will easily save at least 2 hours a day. Check out the video after the break.

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SwiftKey beta update adds Evernote and Google+ personalization

We aren’t necessarily convinced every SwiftKey user needs to be playing in the beta channel, though these series of updates are interesting to watch as they offer hints in terms of upcoming features. Having said that, the folks at SwiftKey have recently rolled out the latest beta release — which brings some integration with Google+ and Evernote.

In this case, that integration is actually dealing with personalization. According to details coming from the folks at SwiftKey, this will help to improve predictions. This SwiftKey beta release will be able to learn from your Evernote archives and your public Google+ posts. Otherwise, this update also contains some bug fixes and improvements dealing with emoji.

In terms of the emoji, here we are looking at an improved UI, and also improved emoji pane-switching performance. There was also mention of a new Themes selection menu. Touching on some of those bug fixes and we find the following;

  • Fixed mentioning people in Google+ posts
  • Quick period after emoji now works
  • Flow experience improved on layouts with main letters on secondary characters
  • Switched email @ button back from @outlook.com to @hotmail.com
  • Fixed problem with unsupported emoji being predicted (see a square in the prediction bar)
  • Fixed problem with smartspace inserting spaces between words and punctuation
  • Fixed several force closes and crashes

As it had been in the past, the SwiftKey beta release is free to download and free to use. The one catch with running the beta release is when they expire — you will need to update from time to time. Or in other words, if you are already using a SwiftKey beta release — now may be a good time to grab this latest (before your current release expires). And for those looking to jump in the SwiftKey beta pool, you’ll be able to grab the apk using the link sitting below.

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Latest SwiftKey Beta Can Use Evernote And Google+ As Personalization Options

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Since what seems like forever, SwiftKey has been able to use SMS, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feeds, and Yahoo to “learn” your typing style and better predict your next words. All of these options work well, and now the SK team has added a couple more choices in the latest beta: Evernote and Google+.

Evernote personalization was added “in response to the great feedback” for SwiftKey Note on iOS, the team’s first offering to iOS users; Google+ personalization was added because, well, people like to use G+, basically.

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SwiftKey’s new iOS note-taking app syncs with Evernote

Will Apple ever open up its mobile platform to allow the use of third-party keyboards? Y’know, customizable boards that have features like clever word prediction algorithms and finger-swiping gestures? Despite CEO Tim Cook’s suggestion last May that we might see iOS open up more in the future, we’ve seen no strong indication that alternative keyboards are even on the drawing board at present time. Fortunately, some developers are finding small workarounds to this dilemma: even though they aren’t allowed to change the keyboard on the platform level, it’s possible to do so within third-party applications. Fleksy is a prime example of a company that’s thinking outside the box, opening up a developer kit allowing third parties to incorporate the Fleksy keyboard into their own app.

SwiftKey is also making the jump to iOS, but it’s taking a different approach: the keyboard maker just announced SwiftKey Note, a note-taking app that’s integrated with your Evernote account. This is great news for current Evernote users, and it may even be enough of an incentive for newbies to try it out. Using the new Note app, you’ll be able to create notes that sync up with the account on your desktop or other mobile app. But what’s more important is that you’ll have the help of SwiftKey’s trusty and faithful word prediction engine combined with the look of the default iOS 7 keyboard. We’ve got a gallery, video and additional impressions after the break.

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SwiftKey beta gets a “performance and memory” related update

The SwiftKey 4.5 beta first introduced emoji and an optional number row back in December. That same beta saw a holiday themed update a bit later in December with the introduction of an “Ice” themed keyboard. While there isn’t any set timeline as to when these beta releases graduate, they do see updates from time to time, and they can also expire after a set period. Well, it looks like the former has happened as the folks at SwiftKey have released an update.

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As per the usual with beta releases, this one is available from the SwiftKey website. This update isn’t one that brings much in the way of noticeable changes. To that point, SwiftKey has mentioned how “the changes in this latest update are mainly under the hood.” A bit more specifically, this update will be dealing with performance and memory issues.

Some of these changes deal specifically with the emoji and number row support. These include how the emoji now appear larger, and also took care of an issue where the emoji were still being predicted even when disabled. Another emoji related fix includes a redesign for the UI which includes new space and backspace bar and swipe gestures to switch emoji tab.

The secondary characters have also been modified on the top letter row (when the number row is active). Remember, the number row is optional and as a result, this will only be noticed by those who have activated the number row option. Otherwise, the remaining items that have been addressed with this latest beta update include the following;

  • Fixed performance issues when switching between tabs
  • General memory problems fixed
  • Fixed issue where Ice theme used extra RAM
  • Fixed keyboard freezes
  • Fixed issues when syncing
  • Fixed problem with Trending Phrases not updating
  • Fixed incorrect vibration feedback when scrolling

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SwiftKey Beta updated with new emoji layout

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Performance and memory issues also addressed

SwiftKey has pushed a rather large update to their beta track today. Besides the under-the-hood changes that always come with any beta software, the emoji keyboard UI has been completely revamped, with gestures to switch tabs, a backspace bar, and layout changes. The full change log:

  • Secondary characters on the top letter row modified when number row is enabled
  • Redesigned emoji UI including new space and backspace bar, swipe gestures to switch emoji tab and changes to how the layout works under the hood
  • Fixed performance issues when switching between tabs
  • Emoji now appear larger
  • Fixed issue where emoji still predicted even when disabled
  • General memory problems fixed
  • Fixed issue where Ice theme used extra RAM
  • Fixed keyboard freezes
  • Fixed issues when syncing
  • Fixed problem with Trending Phrases not updating
  • Fixed incorrect vibration feedback when scrolling

You can read what SwiftKey has to say and grab the apk file at the link below.

Source: SwiftKey. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

    



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A better Android keyboard from SwiftKey #CESlive

'Imagine a world where you could type on a phone without it sucking'

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That pretty much describes what it's like to use SwiftKey. Join Cali and Phil as they spend a few minutes with Joe from SwiftKey, and they discuss SwiftKey's inception and where it's headed. From SwiftKey cloud, which keeps your personal prediction dictionary backed up and synced between devices, to SwiftKey Healthcare, where the engine has been tweaked to better understand those medical terms — and their context — that would confuse an engine built for the layman.

Being able to replace a vital system app like the keyboard is one of the things that makes Android great, and we love to see the innovation in this space — and talk to the innovators.

    



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Swiftkey heads to automobiles as they partner with Clarion for smarter in-car technology

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Swiftkey looks to improve the overall experience of in-car technology

While many folks are used to using Swiftkey of their smartphones, the software maker's latest announcement could see you using their keyboard in your car as well. Swiftkey has announced they've teamed up with  in-car entertainment manufacturer Clarion on their AX1 Android car stereo system and are the default keyboard offerings on the head unit.

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SwiftKey’s predictive text input makes its way into your car stereo

It’s no secret that we’re pretty big fans of SwiftKey ’round these parts, but even we couldn’t have predicted where it’d wind up next. Today, the keyboard app announced that its adaptive text-entry will be integrated with Clarion’s forthcoming AX1 head unit. It might seem odd at first, but since Clarion’s kit has native apps for email and web browsing, predictive text (compared to a standard keyboard) ought to make the device easier to use. As SwiftKey tells it, the company is taking everything it’s learned from the mobile environment, and applying it to other areas where it makes sense. In other words, this likely isn’t the last time we’ll see the third-party keyboard somewhere other than a phone or tablet. The AX1 is expected to release sometime this quarter for $800, and if you’re feeling antsy you can pre-order one right now.

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SwiftKey update brings holiday “Ice” theme and bug fixes

The latest SwiftKey update has arrived in the Play Store and as we sometimes see given the time of year, this one includes some holiday cheer. Specifically, the folks at SwiftKey have added a new theme called Ice. The overall color of the Ice theme is blue, however you will get a bit of something extra when you begin typing.

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Sitting just above is what the Ice keyboard looks like before you begin using it. As you type, or swipe through your words, the keyboard has falling snow. The snow falls as you type out your words and to some extent, even builds up along the bottom just below the space bar. You can see the Ice theme with snow in the image sitting below.

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SwiftKey users can switch to the Ice theme by heading into the settings. That means either tapping and holding the 123 key in the bottom left of the keyboard, or launching the SwiftKey app from the app drawer. Either way, you want to head to the option for themes and select Ice.

Other changes that come along with this most recent update include the simplified installer we saw with the beta 4.4 release, improved language pack management and some bug fixes and general improvements. The bug fixes break down as follows;

  • Fixed a bug with punctuation where the symbols weren’t inserted in some situations
  • Improved performance while switching fields or after sending messages in some apps
  • Fixed several instances of Force Closes in the app
  • Fixed last column of the keyboard being cut on smileys layout
  • Fixed a bug in Hangouts for the keyboard not inserting text after an emoticon
  • Fixed a bug in the installer summary screen where if you tap themes twice in quick successions, it opened two instances of the Settings
  • Keyboard doesn’t hide the field when signing into Cloud anymore
  • Not showing notifications on Cloud screen during installation anymore

Looking outside of this Play Store release for SwiftKey, there was also a recent beta release. That one arrived as beta 4.5 and included an optional number row and support for emoji. SwiftKey beta 4.5 is available for those looking to do a bit of playing testing, but it cannot be found from the Play Store. As it has been in the past, the SwiftKey beta releases need to be side loaded and those APK files can be found on the SwiftKey blog (link below).

SOURCE: SwiftKey Blog, Google Play Store

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SwiftKey gets a surprise winter holiday themed update

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Fresh off the Google Play Store is SwiftKey with a festive new update to one of the best Android keyboards on the market. Aside from introducing a more streamlined installer and patching up a few bugs, SwiftKey is introducing an fun winter-esque theme for the holidays dubbed “Ice”.

Once selected in the options, you’ll notice glossy blue keys with little snow caps on them. But the theme isn’t just static. SwiftKey went all out with key popups in the shape of snowflakes and gestures swipes that create little snow storms, even dropping snow that builds up along the bottom of the keyboard. Super impressive.

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The best part about the update is that it’s available via official channels (Google Play) and for those testing their experimental emoji/number row beta. You can grab the official version via the Play Store link below, or directly download the new beta here.

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SwiftKey 4.5 beta update brings support for emojis, optional dedicated number row and more

SwiftKey fans are in for yet another big treat today, as a new beta update is now available for those who like being on cutting edge software. This is version 4.5, bringing with it over 500 new emojis for users to sink their teeth into. Almost anything you could think of will be represented here, and it’ll be accessible to you in a way that only SwiftKey could bring it.

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They’ve leveraged their powerful suggestion and prediction engine to help you find the emoji you need, when you need it. For instance, when you’re typing the word “pizza” in, a pizza slice emoji will show up in the suggestion box, allowing you to insert it right there if you want to express your thought in a more fun way.

  • Classic emoji: Choose from more than 500 emoji across five categories: people, objects, nature, places and symbols.
  • Emoji word match:  As you type one of hundreds of key words, you can opt to be offered emoji predictions in the candidate bar. For example, typing “Santa” will offer you a Christmas emoji in addition to word predictions.
  • Emoji contextual predictions: SwiftKey 4.5 will learn from your personal use to suggest emoji you regularly use. For example, if you regularly include an emoji after an individual’s name, SwiftKey can learn to predict it, just for you.

SwiftKey offers up the following warning for folks, as different devices might produce different results:

As is always the case, the appearance of emoji can vary between different versions of Android and different apps. Emoji are only supported on Android Jellybean and KitKat (4.1 and later) and SwiftKey uses the system emoji font which is black and white in Jellybean and color in KitKat.

Some apps (including WhatsApp) render the emoji within messages with app-specific fonts, often the same as seen on Apple devices. Google Hangouts uses the same colour emoji font as KitKat. This means that although the meaning remains the same, the actual images may vary between apps and between the sending and receiving device.

Beyond all that, SwiftKey now offers an optional, dedicated number row for folks on bigger devices, so you won’t have to hunt and peck just to type in a number or two anymore.

All these settings are optional, so if you aren’t an emoji person you won’t have to be bombarded with suggestions to use them around every turn. It shouldn’t be long before this thing graduates to the Google Play Store, but if you want it now you can grab it by heading to the SwiftKey beta site.

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SwiftKey 4.5 beta brings emoji support and number row option

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Keyboard adds over 500 emoji images, emoji prediction and optional number keys added in latest beta

Popular Android keyboard app SwiftKey has rolled out a new beta version today with two frequently requested features. First up is emoji support — recently enabled in Google's own keyboard in the latest Android 4.4 KitKat release. Emoji can be accessed from the smiley menu in the bottom right corner, and SwiftKey says there are over 500 to choose from. What's more, SwiftKey now supports emoji prediction — type the icon you want exactly and one of the options will be an emoji. For instance —

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And regular SwiftKey users might notice another change in the shot above. In SwiftKey 4.5 there's the option to add a dedicated number row above the standard keyboard rows — this can be activated from within the Themes & Layouts menu.

SwiftKey 4.5 can also use emoji as part of its prediction engine, for instance, if you frequently use a certain icon after a word or name, you might start seeing it showing up in predictions. Emoji are only supported on KitKat and Jelly Bean — on the former, colored icons are used, while the latter has black and white icons.

The new beta, which also includes an updated installer, can be downloaded from the SwiftKey beta site.

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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.

What I am most excited about is the dedicated number row. You can now opt for a separate number row making it that much easier to type words and numbers at the same time. This is obviously going to be perfect for phones with bigger displays, and tablets of course.

You can grab the beta by hitting the source link below or wait until it hits the Play Store version, which will probably be within a couple of weeks.

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SwiftKey 4.5 beta adds emoji and optional number row

SwiftKey beta 4.4 arrived earlier in the month and it looks like the beta has already graduated. Available beginning today is SwiftKey beta 4.5 and it brings a few new features. This time around the update has added what SwiftKey refers to as “some of your most requested features.”

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In this case, that means emoji support and an optional number row. The number row is just that, the ability to add a dedicated number row on the top of the keyboard. This can be turned on (or off) by heading into the settings by tapping and holding the 123 key in the lower left of the keyboard. Once in the settings, head to Theme & Layout and then look for the Number Row option.

Shifting over to the emoji and it looks like this support will include 500 emoji across five categories. These break down as people, objects, nature, places and symbols. Users will be able to use the emoji through the popup panel or by using the word matching. One example here, typing “Santa” will show a Christmas emoji in the word predications. From here, you would then just tap to select.

Some others mentioned include; sleepy, pizza, broken, cheers and kiss. The emoji support also includes references to time. Those typing 10pm (or any other time) will be presented with an option for the relevant clock symbol. Otherwise, those who are planning to never use emoji — these can be turned off completely by heading to Settings -> Advanced. The one other catch with emoji is device support and the bit about them needing Android 4.1 or later.

Anyway, as always the latest SwiftKey beta can be downloaded, installed and used for free. The link to the APK is available using the source link below, but remember, this is a beta release and as a result, there may be an issue or two during your experience. We should also mention these beta releases do expire, so be prepared to update in the not to distant future to keep things running in the SwiftKey beta world.

SOURCE: SwiftKey Blog

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SwiftKey beta 4.4 brings a simplified installer

SwiftKey 4.3 dropped the beta tag in early November and it looks like the next release has arrived. The folks at SwiftKey have announced beta 4.4, which is arriving with what they are referring to as a simpler installer. Basically, it looks like SwiftKey team was able to cut down on some of the steps required during the installation and setup process.

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To that point, there really isn’t much else involved with this latest beta release. Details coming from the SwiftKey blog mention how they are “unveiling a streamlined installer process that’s shorter and simpler.” Bottom line here, if you are an existing SwiftKey user, you will likely want to stick with your current installation.

On the flip side, if you happen to know someone that was avoiding SwiftKey because of the installation process, now may be a good time to give them a heads up. That said, the new SwiftKey installation process goes from enabling the beta, to selecting the beta to getting better predictions (as seen in the image sitting above).

In comparison, the previous setup was a five-step process that began with choosing a language. Once you picked your language you went on to enable SwiftKey then set it as your default keyboard. From that point you were also given options to setup and begin using SwiftKey Cloud and SwiftKey Flow.

Anyway, the latest beta release can be found using the source link sitting below.

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SwiftKey keyboard 25 percent off in Thanksgiving sale

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SwiftKey celebrates two years as top paid app on Google Play

Popular keyboard app SwiftKey is now on sale at a reduced price in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. From today it's available for 25 percent off the usual price, knocking it down to $2.99 in the U.S.

SwiftKey says its most recent sale is to celebrate its place as a top paid app on Google Play for two years running. The developer says its app has been top in a total of 58 countries during that time, and top in "major territories" including the U.S. and UK for longer than any other app.

The SwiftKey team recently launched version 4.3 of the keyboard, bringing new layouts designed to make it easier to type on larger phones and tablets. If you've yet to pick up the paid version of SwiftKey, you can grab it from the Google Play link above.

    



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Latest SwiftKey 4.3.1 Update Brings New Left-Handed Options and Bug Fixes

Today, SwiftKey is pushing an update out to their users that promises a set of new features along with some needed bug fixes. Keyboards can be awkward to use if you are not right-handed and the SwiftKey team feels your pain. In this latest update, they have included new left-handed options for those who need them. 

Once installed, this new update allows users to switch the number pad to the left or right side for ease of use. In addition to this, SwiftKey has responded to bug reports from their users and patched a few annoying ones with this update. Updating to future versions of SwiftKey will not lose your language customization and the all important “$” symbol has been returned to users who had lost it previously. Can’t type out how much “$WAG” you have without it.

The update is already rolling out to many users now, but if you do not have it yet, sit tight for that staged rollout to get to you.

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SwiftKey updated for new numpad options, bugfixes

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Careful if you're updating on Android 4.4 KitKat, though …

A quick heads up for those of you rocking SwiftKey — version 4.3.1 is now available. The big strokes for the changelog are bugfixes — the $ sign is back for non-English keyboards — and the option to put the numeric keypad on either the left- or right-hand side.

If you're updating on an Android 4.4 KitKat device, however, you'll need to look out for a gremlin. After updating, the Google Keyboard will again become the default — and SwiftKey won't appear in the list of default options. Two options to fix that: Hop into the SwiftKey app, and that appears to reset it, or choose "Select Input Method" from Settings>Language&Input>Default. Let's hope that gets sorted out right quick.

Swiftkey's got a more thorough changelog at the link below.

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Win a phone or tablet of your choice by completing SwiftKey’s survey

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SwiftKey, one of our favorite third-party keyboards for Android, has launched its latest annual user survey designed to find out what all phone and tablet owners want out of their devices. It's open to everyone, even if your device doesn't currently support SwiftKey, and to sweeten the deal SwiftKey is throwing in the chance to win a phone or tablet of your choice, Android or non-Android, up to a value of $800. In addition to the grand prize winner, ten runners up will get a Moshi prize pack and SwiftKey t-shirt.

You can also increase your chances of winning by sending friends over to the survey and having them complete it. To get started, hit the survey link below. More details can be found in SwiftKey's blog post.

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SwiftKey is working on adding emoji and optional number row in a future update

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It’s not something iOS users can relate to, but as Android users, we know that keyboard competition in the Play Store is fierce. The biggest heavy weights fighting for your hard earned money include SwiftKey, Swype, and more recently the stock Android keyboard from Google.

It was earlier today we told you guys about the latest update hitting the Google Keyboard in the Play Store, the one that stuck it to SwiftKey after adopting a similar method of swiping entire sentences without lifting a finger. Google continued turning the knife after going further and including cross-app emoji support, albeit only for Android 4.4 devices on up.

No doubt feeling the heat, CTO and co-founder Ben Medlock began hitting up SwiftKey’s forums today, addressing user’s concerns on adding new features. The biggest ones? Adding native emoji support and an optional 5th row for numbers. While this news probably isn’t as big as SwiftKey’s new “Layouts for Living,” it’s a feature we’ve been begging for what feels like years now.

When can we see these new features? Well, only SwiftKey knows for sure. Just rest assured that they are working on it, and we can expect to see emoji and optional number row in a future update.

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Swype 1.6 for Android adds mini keyboards for big screens

Nuance isn’t letting SwiftKey’s customizable keyboard layouts go unanswered. The company has just launched Swype 1.6, a big update to its Android add-on that provides a similar amount of control. Users with giant phones can choose separate mini keyboards for both landscape and portrait views, and …

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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.

In the new update you’ll have access to three new layouts for your convenience, Compact, Thumb and Full. Each layout offers the ability to modify the size of the keyboard as well as the ability to undock it for optimal placement on your screen.

  • Compact: On many larger phones it can be difficult to enter text and hold the phone with just one hand. This new feature reduces the width of the keyboard and allows for easier typing with one hand or gesture typing using SwiftKey Flow. It also frees up more of the screen estate on tablets. You can switch it from the left or right side of the screen

  • Thumb: For those who like typing on tablets in landscape or wide phones, the keyboard can be split into two areas, enabling fast, comfortable typing with both thumbs. Undock it from the base of the screen for even more flexibility

  • Full: The traditional full-width keyboard is still available and users with tablets can opt for an extended layout that is similar to the presentation of a physical keyboard. This layout has left and right cursor keys and the backspace is positioned above the enter key, making it easier to type with two hands when not holding your tablet

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In addition to the new changes, the company has added new Canadian English support racking up the languages to a total of 61.

SwiftKey will now know that users in Canada are more likely to be talking about Stephen Harper than Stephen King, and more likely to be going to Calgary than California.

Checkout the quick video demo below and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments. Think there’s a better keyboard out there? Let us know about it.

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In addition to the new layouts, SwiftKey has added the following features in the 4.3 update:

  • Choose from 5 sizes to get your keyboard the perfect size for you

  • Undock your keyboard and position it where you choose on your screen

  • Rearranged and optimized secondary (123) and tertiary (symbols) layout, based on extensive user testing

  • A new theme: previously SwiftKey and SwiftKey Tablet had two different themes called “Dark”. Both are now available on phones and tablets, with the tablet “Dark” renamed as “Forest”

  • Extended layout for tablets, including left and right cursor keys

  • All 4 cursor keys (up, down, left, right) are now available on the secondary (123) layout on tablets – phone users can still choose to have cursor keys on the main layout

  • 10-inch tablets can choose to have a central numpad in the thumb layout in landscape

  • Combined phone and tablet app to give a seamless experience across all device sizes

If you have tried SwiftKey yet, hit one of the links below to get started.

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SwiftKey 4.3 exits beta, brings the added keyboard layouts to the Play Store

SwiftKey 4.3 arrived in beta form back in October. And with what appears to have been a successful few weeks in beta, the 4.3 release has graduated and arrived in the Play Store. The folks at SwiftKey have dubbed the 4.3 release as being one that has “Layouts for Living.” To that point, SwiftKey 4.3 brings a few options for keyboard layouts.

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This release means users will be able to choose between three different keyboard options. These include the full (regular) layout as well as the thumb and compact options. The full keyboard option includes and extended layout for those rocking a tablet, and otherwise, the thumb keyboard splits things in two for easier two-thumb typing.

The compact layout shrinks the keyboard down and has it placed to the left or right — this one is good for one-handed use, especially when trying to type on a larger device such as the Galaxy Note 3. In addition, all three keyboard options can be resized and also undocked. Accessing the different options (as well as the Settings and Themes) is done by pressing and holding the “SwiftKey 123″ key in the lower left.

This 4.3 release also added a Canadian English language model, which according to SwiftKey, that is a first. An example here is that the keyboard should now be able to understand local place names and personalities. It was said that “Canadian users who type “Stephen” will be more likely than American English users to be talking about Prime Minister Stephen Harper than author Stephen King.”

That all being said, we did spend a bit of hands-on time with SwiftKey 4.3 when it was first released in beta form. The video sitting above offers a look at the different keyboard options. And lastly, SwiftKey 4.3 is available in the Google Play Store and currently sitting priced at $3.99. Of course, those who previously purchased the app will get this as a free update.

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SwiftKey 4.3 beta updated with bug fixes, more layouts

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A quick heads-up for anyone using the beta version of SwiftKey 4.3 — an updated version is now available from beta.swiftkey.net. The new SwiftKey beta 4.3.0.149 adds fixes various bugs — including issues when moving between layouts and problems causing the keyboard to jump around the screen ​— while adding some new localization features. This latest version ensures the currency key matches your phone's locale, and implements ​Punjabi, Icelandic, Bulgarian, Azerbaijani, Russian Windows and Turkish keyboard layouts.

Grab the new version from the source link, or click below to check out our recent hands-on preview of SwiftKey 4.3.

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Swiftkey beta gets a significant update, improves docking and language layouts

Swiftkey recently entered a beta phase for their newest iteration of the popular keyboard. As device screen sizes become almost incessantly different, Swiftkey saw an opportunity. Their newest offering is meant to transcend the device, and offer various modes and docking options to make one app suit any mobile device.

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Like any beta product, theirs has its share of issues. Their newest update aims to fix a myriad of issues dogging users. From the keyboard jumping around the screen to remembering which currency you use, Swiftkey has improved their keyboard pretty significantly.

For your pleasure, the full changelog:

  • Moving between 3, 4 and 5 row layouts should now work
  • Keyboard will no longer jump around when unlocking your home screen
  • Currency key is now correct for your phone’s locale
  • We now have Punjabi, Icelandic, Bulgarian, Azerbaijani, Russian Windows and Turkish layouts
  • Docked compact layout now remembers if it should be on the left or right

While the fixes are important, Swiftkey is nowhere near finished. The known issues they still need to fix are also significant. From rendering issues that cause the keyboard to hide a significant part of itself to the heatmap not working properly, Swiftkey still has a long way to go.

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SwiftKey keyboard half-price for one day only

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SwiftKey celebrates five years of Android phones with 50 percent off deal

Popular third-party keyboard SwiftKey can be had for half the usual price today, in celebration of five years since the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, launched in the U.S. That means depending on your location, you can pick up one of the best aftermarket keyboards out there for $1.99, £1.49 or €1.99.

SwiftKey's also pushing ahead with the next major version of the app, which adds more keyboard layouts for easier operation on tablets and larger smartphones. Check out our hands-on preview at the link below.

Also see: Hands-on with SwiftKey 4.3 beta

    



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SwiftKey 4.3 beta: hands-on with the full, thumb and compact keyboards

The folks at SwiftKey dropped the latest beta update earlier this morning. This was the v4.3 release, specifically the APK has been posted as version 4.3.0.139 and it brings what is being referred to as “layouts for living.” Basically, SwiftKey 4.3 has added some new options in terms of keyboard layouts. This means users now have keyboard layouts to include full, thumb and compact.

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Each of these sort of fit where they would be expected based on the name, but they each seem to serve a rather nice purpose. For example, the full keyboard is what many would already be familiar with — a full keyboard that stretches from side to side. The thumb keyboard splits things in two and while we suspect it could be useful on an oversized smartphone, this one is likely intended for those using two thumbs to type on a tablet.

The last keyboard option is the compact. Given we are seeing phones growing in size these days, it is becoming harder and harder to comfortably type with one hand. That begin the case, the compact option should be good. As we show, this works especially nice on the Galaxy Note 3 and it can even be moved from left to right.

Otherwise, as you will see in our hands-on video below, SwiftKey 4.3 also added options to undock and resize the keyboard. Perhaps best of all, these features are all wrapped up in a single APK that works across tablets and smartphones. Not to mention, these new features are simply building upon what we have already been seeing including goodies such as Flow and Cloud.

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