Back in late October, SwiftKey announced a new feature called Flow for its hyper-intelligent keyboard. SwiftKey Flow takes everything you (and I) love about SK, and combines it with gesture typing, like that of Swype, or the Android 4.2 stock keyboard. Then, just a few days ago, they debuted the newest feature that would be available in Flow - called Flow Through Space - which allows users to swipe through full sentences without having to lift their finger from the keyboard by sliding down to the spacebar after each word. Not only is that intuitive and brilliant, but I've been using Flow for the last few days, and it works pretty flawlessly.
Now, it's your turn to give it a shot. SwiftKey just made available the beta version of this intuitive new keyboard for all of its VIP members to test out. Not a member? No biggie - head right here to get set up and grab SK Flow beta.
Update: It looks like the link is available to everyone and not just VIP users, contrary to what the press release below suggests.
Android Keyboard SwiftKey Flow Launches in Beta with New ‘Flow Through Space’ Feature
London and San Francisco -- Dec 6, 2012 — The team behind Android’s best-selling app today releases the beta of SwiftKey Flow, its hotly anticipated keyboard that enables users to type with gestures.
SwiftKey Flow combines the mind-reading capabilities of SwiftKey’s prediction engine with the speed and style of gliding your finger across the screen. The beta also includes a brand new feature, dubbed “Flow Through Space” (see it at http://youtu.be/QA4BqwNGSoc). With it, users can write entire sentences without having to lift their finger from the keyboard, simply by gliding down to the spacebar before continuing with their next word.
SwiftKey Flow takes a revolutionary approach to gesture typing, analyzing a user’s input from the moment they start to ‘flow’ a word. It offers real-time predictions, easing the frustration of entering long words and delivering a dynamic, interactive typing experience. The app also features SwiftKey’s award-winning next-word predictions once a gesture is complete, based on the keyboard’s knowledge of a user’s writing habits.
“SwiftKey Flow is another incredible leap forward for keyboard technology,” CTO and co-founder Dr Ben Medlock said. “Flow Through Space is a unique innovation. Accurately identifying several words from a single gesture is a really complex challenge and I’m delighted our team has made this key breakthrough. With SwiftKey Flow, gesture typing is now so simple you won’t have to lift a finger.”
The beta is being released to SwiftKey’s 75,000-strong community of VIP users and is a key milestone before SwiftKey Flow is made available to all Android consumers. New members are encouraged to join the VIP community and get access to SwiftKey Flow at http://www.swiftkey.net/flow.
“Our community is a vital part of this process,” community manager Evan Tapper said. “We rely on their feedback to ensure the product is in the best possible shape before it hits the market. But it’s about more than that - it’s about engaging with our users and building products that people really love to use.”
A No.1 bestselling app on Google Play in 38 countries, SwiftKey is available in 45 languages and counting. It has been downloaded more than 15 million times. For more information about SwiftKey visit www.swiftkey.net.