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.


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