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Android Central 189: Tabs, keyboards and redesigns — oh, my!

Strap in, folks. This one’s gonna be big. We’ve got the lowdown on the all new Samsung Galaxy S Tab tablets — both of them — from Thursday event in New York City.

Plus we talk with SwiftKey’s chief marketing officer about the popular keyboard going free, adding emjoi and serving up a theme store. You’ll find that starting at 40 minutes in — in the audio-only version of the podcast, which you can stream or download here.

And finally we chat with the design director of Mobile Nations about our shiny new header! If you wondered why we did what we did, here’s your chance to find out! That section starts at 57:25. Again, this one’s on the audio-only version.

Plus, we answer more of your questions live on air. Enjoy!

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Android Central Podcast Episode 189!



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SwiftKey adds a bunch of new stuff with latest update and is now Free for all

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Back in December, SwiftKey launched a Beta 4.5 that included a number row and emoji. We expected those features to make its way to the full app a lot sooner, but better late than never right? Today, SwiftKey released version 5 bringing all these features plus a lot more.

With version 5, you will not only get the optional number row and over 800 emoji, but you will also get a SwiftKey store with new downloadable themes, a new default theme, emoji predictions, improved prediction engine, new languages, and improved flow trails. Best of all, SwiftKey is now Free for all.

Now don’t fret, if you bought SwiftKey in the past because there is a bonus for all those that previously purchased the app. You will get a Premium Pack of 10 new premium themes to download from the new SwiftKey store. That is worth $4.99, which is even more than the original $3.99 price for the app. Right now there are about 30 themes to choose from. Other new users will still be able to download their first 3 themes for free and all users can purchase themes for 99-cents each, 5 for $2.99, or 10 for $4.99.

If you haven’t tried SwiftKey yet, there is absolutely no excuse not to try it anymore. Hit one of the download links below to get started.

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Popular Android keyboard SwiftKey is now free with paid themes

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One of the most popular paid apps for Android is now free. The super popular keyboard replacement, SwiftKey, has dropped from $3.99 to free for version 5. This is not a celebratory deal either. SwiftKey will be free permanently, and there are some other new features included as well. Let’s take a closer look at SwiftKey 5.

For free you still get the great prediction engine SwiftKey Cloud synchronization, and the ability to learn from Google, Twitter, and Facebook. You might be asking “so where are they making money now?” The answer to that question is new theme packs. Now, instead of paying for the app and getting the themes for free, you get the app for free and pay for the themes. Themes cost $0.99, or $3 for a pack of five. If you already purchased SwiftKey you get 10 themes for free.

SwiftKey 5 has also added support for emoji if you’re running Android 4.1 or above. Lastly, you can add a dedicated number row to the keyboard from the settings. If you’ve been waiting to give SwiftKey a try this is the time. Thousands of users swear by this keyboard. It has prevented many people from switching away from Android. Give it a shot.

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SwiftKey for Android goes permanently free, adds paid theme packs

SwiftKey for Android goes permanently free, adds paid theme packs

SwiftKey doesn’t exactly need an introduction. It’s among the best third-party keyboard alternatives available for Android, and features like extremely smart predictive text make it the top choice for many. Well, it looks like the popularity of SwiftKey is only set to grow, as the keyboard app has now gone completely free for current and future users.

SwiftKey has been priced at $3.99 since it launched on Google’s mobile OS a couple of years ago, and its developers hope that dropping that price completely will help it target users in developing markets where consumers are “less willing to spend money on an augmented version of something that already comes on their phone or tablet.” However, SwiftKey won’t be completely giving up on making money – going forward, the company will sell premium themes for the keyboard at around $1 per theme, while offering a free $5 theme pack for users who paid for the app before it went free.

The free version of the app is already live on the Play Store, and also introduces the SwiftKey store for buying themes, a number row and over 800 new emoji. While offering its app for free, SwiftKey might not make as much money as it might have done previously, but the move is surely going to be a problem for other third-party keyboards, as a free app that’s considered to be among the best will surely have a bigger lure for users.

Via: Forbes | Source: Play Store

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SwiftKey keyboard goes free, adds Store for premium theme purchases

The latest update for SwiftKey has arrived in the Play Store. And while SwiftKey seems to get updates on a fairly regular basis — this is one that will likely attract a bit more attention than usual. Simply put, SwiftKey is now available for free.

The folks at SwiftKey have dropped the price, but they are also not forgetting those who had been a paid user. Details from the SwiftKey blog mention how they wanted to thank the paid users and for that, they are offering a “Premier Pack” of themes. This pack includes 10 new themes, and will otherwise be selling for $4.99.

This brings the next major feature with this update — the SwiftKey Store. Users will be able to purchase keyboard customizations from the store. At present the store is said to have more than 30 new themes — some of which are free and some of which are paid (premium). There was also a promise of how the store will be regularly refreshed.

Keeping with the topic of themes and we come to the next change. SwiftKey has a new default theme. This one is called Nickel, and is based on the original Cobalt theme. Of course, you can easily change the theme should Nickel be something you don’t want to look at.

Otherwise, this update has emoji (more than 800 available) as well as emoji prediction, an optional number row, improved prediction engine, new languages and improved flow trails.

SwiftKey is available for download from the Google Play Store.

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SwiftKey’s Android keyboard is now available for free

Of the third-party keyboards available on the Google Play Store, SwiftKey is among the oldest and most well-known. And although it’s getting its iOS8 app ready for the fall, it certainly isn’t forgetting the platform that helped the $4 app get its big break. With today’s update, SwiftKey’s premium Android keyboard is now permanently free of charge. This is great news for fresh users, and the loyal folks who’ve previously purchased the app won’t be left out of the update: Legacy customers will get a $5 theme ten-pack for free. Additionally, the refresh also comes with a SwiftKey store (with 30 themes available at launch), a number row and over 800 emoji. Many of the features in this update were offered as part of a beta, so it’s refreshing to see them added into the final product.

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SwiftKey Keyboard Hits Version 5, Goes Free, Adds Premium Themes, A Store, New Emoji, And A Lot More

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Good news: if you’ve been holding out on buying the premium version of SwiftKey for some reason, it’s now officially free. The former trial version is gone from the Play Store, leaving only the once-paid version of the keyboard for all to download and use.

SwiftKey told us that moving forward it’s going to focus on having the release cycle halved, so oft-requested features will make it into finalized builds much faster.

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SwiftKey Goes FREE with Theme Store, Takes Care of Previous Buyers Too


SwiftKey is one heck of a replacement keyboard for your Android device. It has been around for ages. It has been on sale, it has been updated with new features and more. It hovers at 4.7 star rating and the Play Store puts it between 1 million and 5 million downloads. SwiftKey is one keyboard that many have tried and that many still use today. I am here to let you know that a pretty damn great update is hitting SwiftKey that will make many of you extremely happy, I hope.

SwiftKey Goes FreeAs of today, the official paid version of the keyboard, which is usually $3.99, is shedding its price tag and going totally free. No, this isn’t the current free limited version, nor is it a promotion of any kind. As of today, SwiftKey will cost users nothing out of pocket to own the full version. Before all you guys out there that paid for the app at $3.99 get all hot and bothered and feeling cheated, there is news for you too. All current owners of the keyboard app will be given access to a 10 pack of premium themes that cost $4.99, for absolutely free. The FREE premium theme pack is only for past users who have bought the keyboard. New owners will have to pony up the pocket change for them.  Personally, I think it is a very good move on SwiftKeys part to repay the ones that paid and have helped them be successful.

The move to free isn’t the only news though. The update also brings in support for over 800 Emoji’s that are directly integrated into the keyboard functionality. If that isn’t enough, there is also a new prediction feature that learns how you use Emoji’s and will predict them as you type.

SwiftKey co-founder and CTO Ben Medlock said: “With the latest version of SwiftKey Keyboard, we’re providing an even more intuitive and personalized experience for our users, which they’re increasingly expecting. We’ve expanded our design team to focus on developing creative and beautiful user experiences. Our commitment to innovation has never been stronger and we are looking forward to sharing more exciting developments in the future.”

SwiftKey co-founder and CTO Ben Medlock said: “With the latest version of SwiftKey Keyboard, we’re providing an even more intuitive and personalized experience for our users, which they’re increasingly expecting. We’ve expanded our design team to focus on developing creative and beautiful user experiences. Our commitment to innovation has never been stronger and we are looking forward to sharing more exciting developments in the future.”

The remaining particulars of what is now included in the new free and updated version of SwiftKey are as follows:

SwiftKey Store

Stocked at launch with over 30 brand new themes, the SwiftKey Store will be regularly updated with fun customizable content.

New default theme

In addition to the new themes in the Store, SwiftKey Keyboard now features a clean new default theme design, ‘Nickel’, available free to all users. Nickel was designed to be a modernization and ergonomic improvement to SwiftKey’s ever-popular Cobalt theme.

Emoji Prediction


SwiftKey’s trademark prediction technology learns and proactively suggests from more than 800 emoji which are most often used with specific words and phrases.

Number row

Due to popular demand, this latest update introduces an optional number row for quick access without switching layouts or using long-press.

Improved prediction engine

Investment in SwiftKey’s core technology is higher than ever with a host of prediction engine improvements, including better support for complex languages and multilingual typing. Capitalization has also been enhanced, as well as the technology’s overall learning ability.

New language support

Support for Belarusian, Mongolian, Tatar, Uzbek and Welsh has been added.

New and improved flow trails

This gesture-based feature has been improved for better visibility and faster, more accurate input.

*Emoji are only supported on Android versions 4.1 and above. To enable emoji prediction, go to Settings > Advanced, and select the box marked “Emoji prediction.”

Emoji Multilingual ThemesSo, if you have SwiftKey already, go update and be sure to grab your new 10 premium theme pack. For those of you that just couldn’t convince yourself to buy it at $3.99, or when it was on sale a dozen or more times, now is your chance to get it. Hit the link below and enjoy.



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SwiftKey, Swype and Fleksy are already making iOS 8 keyboards

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When Apple revealed that iOS 8 would allow third-party keyboards, one big question came to many people’s minds: would some of the better-known Android keyboards make the leap? In short, yes. SwiftKey says it has “already started” porting its heavily customizable software to iOS; Swype tells Engadget that it “can’t wait” to support Apple’s platform. Fleksy, meanwhile, is going so far as to take sign-ups for a beta program and vows to be “one of the first” with a solution. The odds aren’t high that you’ll get something like Google Keyboard on your iPhone (we’ve asked to be sure), but you won’t be hurting for input methods when iOS 8 is ready this fall.

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Apple will finally support third-party keyboards in iOS 8

After years of waiting, Apple has finally brought support for third-party keyboards to iOS. Inside iOS 8, keyboards like Swiftkey and Swype, which have enjoyed huge usage on Android, will have system-wide access to all apps and services on your iPhone and iPad. Swiftkey has confirmed it’s on board, but if you don’t fancy that, you’ll still able to enjoy Apple’s new QuickType keyboard. The company says the improved keyboard learns from the way you type and text, offering a pick of suggestions for your next word based on the content of your message or the person you’re conversing with. Planning a meal with your friend or loved one? The keyboard will auto-populate words like “dinner” or “eat” as you type. At launch, QuickType will support 14 regions including the US, UK, Canada, Australian English, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (that includes Hong Kong and Taiwan), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Thai.

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SwiftKey Japanese version goes into open beta

Our friends from the land of the rising sun will soon be able to enjoy all that SwiftKey goodness in their own native language. SwiftKey has just announced the start of open beta testing for the exclusive SwiftKey Japanese version of its intelligent keyboard for Android.

SwiftKey’s learning and prediction features has turned it into one of the most popular alternative keyboards for Android. Those features are actually available in languages aside from English, but script languages like Japanese and Chinese are not that easy to support. After several months of hard work, SwiftKey is now ready to show the first fruits of their labor for the Japanese market.

SwiftKey Japanese testers will be enjoying both Japense and English language support in their version of the app. They will also be enjoying key Swiftkey features like Heatmap and Flow, the latter for English only, as well as some fun additiions like Emoji prediction. The video below introduces SwiftKey Japanese, but the audio is, unsurprisingly, in the Japanese language.

Those who want to partake of the beta can download the app from the developer’s Japanese portal. Being beta, there will be likely some rough edges here and there, though probably not that much this close to final launch. Of course, user feedback and reports to help make the product even better are definitely wanted.

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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.

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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).

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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.

source: SwiftKey

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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.

SOURCE: SwiftKey

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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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