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SwiftKey has issued an incremental update to its apps for Android phones and tablets this morning, headlined by the addition of continuous voice typing (dictation mode) and new themes.

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Voice dictation support is available only for handsets running Android 4.0 or above, and can be accessed by long-pressing the comma. The two new themes are Sky (blue) and Fuchsia (pink) which, should you desire your keyboard to have a little more pop, pile onto an already large library of options. The languages added in this release are Malay and Urdu, bringing SwiftKey to a total of 44 supported tongues.

Most welcome, though, are probably the bug fixes that come with this newest version. SwiftKey has experienced numerous issues on the Galaxy S III, as well as in Google Chrome and Talk, and Jelly Bean generally. These issues, supposedly, have been fixed, according to SwiftKey's blog.

You can grab the updated apps now on the Play Store.

Update: Here's the changelog in its entirety, which includes a lot of low-level details you don't ordinarily see. Good on you, SwiftKey:

Look and feel

  • Two new themes for summer, Sky and Fuchsia.

User Experience

  • General performance improvements;
  • Improved application compatibility;

Improvements

  • Google voice typing for Android 4.0 and 4.1 users - now allows continuous dictation
    Chrome
  • Fixed Doubledouble problems;
  • Fixed Jumpy cursor problems;
  • Dolphin HD browser now has predictions.
  • Firefox: Fixed Doubledouble problems;
  • Google Now: Now has predictions;
  • HTC notes app: Predictions;
  • Jelly Bean stock browser: Now has predictions;
  • Fixed selection problems on the Samsung Galaxy S3;
  • Fixed crashes on the Samsung Galaxy S3.

KNOWN ISSUES

  • Chrome:Arrow keys still not functional due to restrictions from the browser - we’re looking for workarounds;
  • Chrome: Predictions do not update when coming back from sleep, need to set selection a couple of times to make them re-sync - have informed Google of this bug;
  • Stock browser in Jelly Bean: Arrow keys do not work due to restrictions from the browser - we’re looking for workarounds;

NEW LANGUAGES

  • Two new supported languages added, bringing the total to 44: Malay and Urdu.

BUG FIXES

  • Font size and indentation inconsistencies in preference menus;
  • Font size too large on the sharable Heatmap;
  • GTalk smiley button has gone in JellyBean
  • Handle the case where languagePacks.json somehow gets set to “readonly”
  • Punctuation does not always auto correct
  • Reports of performance lag on some devices for some users;
  • Swedish localization problems for key height settings;
  • Theme list wrong after upgrade 2.2 -> 3.0;
  • Twitter personalization does not handle OAuthException gracefully;
  • When composing, after an auto-completing punctuation character, selecting the prediction inserts it twice.

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  • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

    Like I posted on Phandroid's news article on this...I updated earlier and I'm not sure that I'm a fan of the continuous voice typing. When I send a text in the car I want to press the mic button, say what I want, and then glance down to see which option is what I really meant. Maybe I haven't fully figured it out yet but with this, it just keeps listening and I have to stop it, look at what it put in the box, and then edit individual words it happened to hear wrong.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's pretty much how Android prefers to do voice as of 4.0+, and in most situations it's preferred. I hated the fact that SK would have all this friction to voice typing - it even forced Gmail to save draft, then restore it when you come back, so I never used it. I will now. I get that it's not ideal for all situations, but I'm sure as hell glad it's here.

  • Himmat Singh

    Hah. How apt. They added Malay in, the national language of Malaysia, the country I come from. I feel proud, patriotic. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kchitown1977 Kenneth Czyz

    while using google now pressing the comma key not working the key board will blink but not bring up voice after new update galaxy sIII

    • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

      I have Google Now on my evo 4g lte and it's working fine with the updated swiftkey

  • Robbie

    Voice type is working perfectly on my Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Android 3.2!?!?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's not the same voice typing. In Android 4.0+ voice typing is now supported with dictation mode, which SK didn't support until now. I.e. continuous voice-to-text.

      • Kenny O

        This is exactly what I was waiting for, only reason I've been using the stock keyboard on JB was for continuous dictation