03
Dec
2012-12-03_14h24_21

I'm going to do my best to make it through this article without making a Portal 2 reference, but this new SwiftKey feature is not making it easy on me. After recently announcing Flow, the Swype-like gesture input method, someone inside SwiftKey HQ thought to themselves "Well, you know, this is great and all, but man, what's with all this raising-my-finger nonsense? So inefficient!" So now the company is demoing Flow Through Space. It's nearly identical to the familiar method, only it predicts your entire sentence without the need to start fresh with each word.

Of course, it would be silly to criticize the utility of shaving a few milliseconds off of text input on a phone or tablet. Until they reach desktop keyboard speeds, even incremental improvements will be welcome. However, call me a skeptic, but I don't think that this new feature is going to have enough thrust to break atmo, much less travel through any significant length of space.

In any case, it's unclear just yet when this or plain old SwiftKey Flow will be released, but you can bet that once they do, we'll be all over it like a malfunctioning Aperture Science Artificial Personality Construct on a trip to the moon.

...Dangit.

Source: YouTube

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1534593949 Vinny Tuzeo

    i don't like swiftkey because the apostrophe an period are on a separate page. I'll stick with swype for now, unless SK wants to allow different layouts.

    • rcbjr2

      Isn't the apostrophe just a long press on the v key?

      • Cédric Tremblay

        Yeah, it is.

        I don't know what weird old version of SwiftKey that guy is using.

      • Rob

        Yep. And isn't the period to the right of the spacebar?

        • ScottColbert

          Yes it is.

  • Usama Ahmad

    I'd be interested in something like this, for sure.

  • BrianLipp

    im sure it will be inaccurate at first, but as with the rest of swiftkey, the more you use it (and sync it with facebook, twitter, google) itll just get better and more accurate. Cant wait though! Google just needs to buy Swiftkey right now and then android will have the greatest stock keyboard!

    • Haran Balaram

      Thing was it wasn't inaccurate at first...

  • Nicholas Loomans

    Haven't played Portal, what's the link?

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

        I still don't get it. What am I supposed to see?

        • Ibrahim Awwal

          You need to get to basically the end of Portal 2 to understand the joke :/

          • Nicholas Loomans

            The game is old, can't someone just say what happens?

          • Ibrahim Awwal

            Yeah sorry, it's just not that funny unless you've played it so I didn't bother describing. Basically there are these disembodied "AI Core" things (or something like that, I forget what they called it) that talk and are part of the big evil AI, each has a random personality, and one of them just keeps babbling about going to space. Look up a video of the ending on youtube I guess if you're curious.

            Edit: To be fair, I never found it funny to begin with, so maybe I'm just a grumpy old man.

          • Nicholas Loomans

            Cheers for the explanation.

  • Cédric Tremblay

    It kind of annoy me that they were so in a hurry to announce SwiftKey flow juste before the "flow" feature on the stock keybaord that they released the news and did not talk about it again for like FOREVER.

    • http://kawangeek.com/ EddyGeek

      I received their email regarding this couple of days ago.. they said soon. I think you did not subscribe for flow tester right?

      • Cédric Tremblay

        I did and I received the email too like 2-3 days ago too, but they announced it on October 25 and did not say another word about it before that email.

    • coversnails

      They announced it because the Galaxy Note 2 ships with Swiftkey Flow so they had to say something! The version thats coming out for everyone has more features and isnt quite ready.

      • Kyle Miller

        Galaxy Note 2 ships with Swype.

        • http://twitter.com/garytube_ber Gary

          galaxy note II Stock Samsung Keyboard comes with swift key flow!

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    finally. new words by going to the space bar at the bottom
    this is something ive hated in stock 4.2 keyboard... cant wait to try it out!

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

    I wonder how well it works if you don't go to the Space button at all. I mean, regular SK now supports multi-word predictions without hitting space, so this one should too, by using the same algorithm.

    SK rocks.

    • ChristianAhlin

      We have a big issue in Sweden since the last update. We write words joined as a default, and swift key is fighting against me, wantingto break everything up. Went to stock 4.2, was only solution. :(

  • Al McDowall

    Eric, just for the record, I enjoyed your Portal reference and will welcome any further tips of the hat :o)

    spaaaaaaaaaaaaace

  • Gav456

    "Try it now..."? I kinda doubt that. I signed up for VIP months ago, and am still waiting to "try it now", and that's just the regular 14.5 psi version

  • http://twitter.com/Letsan Rodrigo Chiong

    The last version of Swiftkey became unusable in my xperia mini (with a 1GHz processor I would't expect swiftkey to be lagging). The stock 4.1 keyboard works great though. If they fix their performance issues I might consider coming back.

  • PhilNelwyn

    Doesn't this go against what a lot of people say SwiftKey is the best at: next word prediction?
    What do you mean "it predicts your entire sentence?"

  • bse88

    I am more interested in being able to change the default punctuation marks located at both sides of the spacebar.