22
Sep
swiftkey-x

A new version of SwiftKey X has been released to private beta testers, and it brings quite a few improvements. Chief among them: the ability to learn from your blog via RSS - certainly a nifty feature. Other highlights include better error reporting, general performance improvements, and a number of bug fixes. The update also brings a new novelty feature in the form of the "My typing heatmap," which keeps track of keystrokes and displays a "heatmap" of the keyboard.

What's new in this version?
New features:

  • Autocaps toggle - now choose whether your sentences begin with a capital letter or not
  • Better personalization - SwiftKey can now learn your typing style from your blog
  • Language switching - easy transitions between (e.g.) English and Russian keyboards, just slide the spacebar
  • More stats about how you type with SwiftKey - and more links to share them
  • My typing heatmap - cool visualization shows how you use your keyboard

Improvements:

  • Alternative character selection - now select with a slide rather than a new tap (this works for smileys too)
  • Instant language updates - refresh your language list to see new languages and new updates as soon as they are ready
  • Various layout and user interface usability improvements.
  • Better error reporting.
  • General performance and memory usage improvements.

Bug Fixes:

  • Various crashes and forced closes.
  • Various hard keyboard issues.
  • Incorrect cursor behaviour.
  • Various layout bugs on different screen sizes.
  • Various performance issues.
  • Various hard keyboard issues.

Not a bad update, although Artem is having trouble with the blog learning feature (by "trouble" I mean it won't work). The new version also apparently doesn't fix the "lost keys" issue for fast typists, where the keyboard just can't keep up and misses keystrokes entirely. Happily, the SwiftKey team is aware of the issue and hard at work on a fix.

For now, the update is private beta and limited to SwiftKey VIPs. It shouldn't take long for the improvements to trickle down once the kinks are worked out, though.

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Royvin

    Going to install this now just saw the email from.

  • Chris Cook

    Hmm...I'm a Swiftkey VIP, and I didn't get any email about the beta. Bastards! LoL

  • jim

    weird. i usually get their beta emails too. haven't seen one yet

    • Chris Cook

      Well, I spose we'll be gettin it soon. Maybe it's just takin them a while to roll all the emails out.

  • Drayon

    What's whit swiping the keyboard to change language?
    Doesn't swiftkey "detects" in what language you are typing?

    • Mesmorino

      it doesn't, it just recognises words. If you're typing a Polish word on an English keyboard (which I regularly do), it will attempt to correct it to an English word or otherwise just add it to the English dictionary.

      I finally got round to downloading the Polish language pack, so now it recognises those words and corrects them properly (with diacritics and other non-English characters), despite using an English qwerty keyboard.

      That way if you're bi-or multilingual you just need to stick to your most frequently used keyboard language (English for me), and download language packs for the others (Polish and Portuguese for me).

      My PRIMARY request for ALL future updates is LOCALISATION. I don't want the fucking dollar sign, i want the GBP sign! And I want it FRONT AND CENTRE where the dollar sign is, with dollar sign relegated to the back of beyond so that on the one occasion in the year that I need to use it I can still get to it. I mean really? I have to make not one, not two, but THREE clicks to get to the currency sign for the country I'm in?!