SwiftKey users spend an ample amount of time customizing their experience, adding new words and phrases to the dictionary, and the like. However, switching devices can pose a problem: the process starts all over. Being a company that is always looking for a way to improve life for its user base, SwiftKey decided to do something about that. Enter SwiftKey Cloud Beta, a new backup and sync tool that will keep your user-defined dictionary in sync across all your devices.
The idea behind Cloud Beta is simple: keep users' data backed up in the cloud, and make it available across all of their devices. It doesn't stop there, however; CB also pulls trending information and current events from across the web to quickly provide suggestions for words you may be typing. For example, if you type "Zim" in Cloud Beta, the word "Zimmerman" will be the first suggestion, because of the recent verdict found in last week's trial. Likewise, if you type "royal," the following suggestion will be "baby," because the entire world's talking about William and Kate's bundle of joy. Basically, if it's a hot topic in the news and people are talking about it, SwiftKey Cloud Beta will know and make those words easily available to you – similar to Swype's Living Language.
While the existing SK builds can pull info from your Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, RSS, and SMS to custom-tailor suggestions, Cloud Beta can also gather information from your Yahoo! Mail. This is, of course, completely optional, you must give it permission, and it is a one-time-only data sync. You can, however, have it re-"learn" by tapping the option (in settings > SwiftKey Cloud > Personalization) again.
It's more than just words, though. Cloud Beta predicts common phrases that you type, as well. For example, l discuss guitars, pickups, amps, and the like with my good friend Cody all the time. As a result, when I type "Di" into Cloud Beta, "DiMarzio" is the first suggested word, followed by "Crunch" and "Lab," because I'm constantly talking about the DiMarzio Crunch Lab pickup that I'm considering for one of my guitars. And of course, it does all this across every device I have Cloud Beta installed on. It's actually quite brilliant.
Of course, there's the question of security. Any time we're talking about an application storing user data in the cloud, the tinfoil hats [understandably] come out. After all, your private data is just that: private. Fortunately, SwiftKey has confirmed to us two very important things: A) passwords will never be stored within Cloud Beta, and 2) your personal information is stored securely on Amazon S3 in the UK. Your information is kept private, secure, and is available only to you. That's important.
SwiftKey Cloud Beta is available as a free download during its testing phase from SK's Beta site, and will come as a free upgrade to existing users once it exits beta.
Introducing SwiftKey Cloud
Backup & Sync, Enhanced Personalization and
Trending Phrases Come to Android’s Number One Paid App
San Francisco, CA, July 24, 2013 -- SwiftKey, the award-winning Android keyboard app, unveiled a suite of new services called SwiftKey Cloud as part of its latest beta release on Tuesday. SwiftKey Cloud gives users of the popular app the ability to seamlessly backup and sync their personal writing style across multiple devices, creating a cloud-based hub for each user’s personal language profile.
Using powerful language analysis of major news stories and popular events, SwiftKey Cloud also updates the keyboard’s predictions with daily Trending Phrases, letting users discuss the day’s current affairs with ease. What’s more, SwiftKey Cloud makes it easier to personalize the keyboard based on online message archives, with an enhanced management console and new support for Yahoo! Mail.
SwiftKey Cloud comes as part of SwiftKey 4.2 Beta, available as a free download at http://beta.swiftkey.net/.
Enabling SwiftKey Cloud brings these three essential features:
Backup & Sync - The words and phrases that matter to you, backed up securely and seamlessly synced across all of your devices. If your mobile or tablet is upgraded, lost or stolen, your personal profile is kept safe in the cloud, giving you the personalized SwiftKey experience within seconds of installing the app on a new device.
Trending Phrases - SwiftKey’s technology analyzes Twitter and other news sources to sift out the most relevant daily discussions and localized trending topics. Using advanced language technology, SwiftKey captures the day’s most important phrases from the worlds of news, showbiz and sport to help you type about what’s on the agenda that day. Launch support for users of US and UK English, and 11 other languages with more coming soon.
Enhanced Personalization - SwiftKey Cloud beta makes it easier than ever to ensure your next-word predictions and auto-corrections are tailored to you. Full integration with the Gmail and Facebook APIs allows for ‘one-click’ personalization for accounts registered on your device, and Yahoo! Mail has been added alongside Twitter, RSS and SMS personalization options.
“SwiftKey Cloud represents the next step in personalized technology,” SwiftKey co-founder and CTO Ben Medlock said. “The words and phrases that matter to you are intelligently updated across all your devices and kept safe in case you upgrade your phone or it is lost or stolen. Every day, SwiftKey will be in tune with your world, ready to offer predictions for the news events, sporting fixtures or celebrities that are getting people talking where you are. What’s more, through enhanced personalization, SwiftKey Cloud gets to know you better than ever before -- and you can enable this all with a single tap,” Medlock continued.
SwiftKey 4.2 beta also introduces a range of other features including a clearer settings menu and enhanced configuration options for devices with a built-in or Bluetooth-attached physical keyboard.