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SwiftKey needs no introduction at this point. It's widely considered by many to be the premier keyboard available for Android, if not any mobile device, for its ability to more accurately predict words by learning a user's habits. SwiftKey Cloud, on the other hand, is the new service that will sync your keyboard across multiple devices, preventing each install of SwiftKey from having to start fresh. A new beta is now available, so get it while it's hot.

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The beta is available via direct download. You can head over to the SwiftKey website, or you can just pounce on the links below. If you click on them from your phone or tablet, they will immediately start the download of the APK and prompt you to install.

This is mainly a bug fix release. There are improvements to SwiftKey's prediction quality and the behavior of different keyboard layouts when multiple languages are enabled. The app should also be less crashy when using Gmail and Kingsoft Office. There's a known issue where two emojis typed next to each other in Google Hangouts or Handcent combine into a weird new emoji, but that sounds more like a feature to us.

Changes:

  • Improved behaviour of different keyboard layouts when multiple languages are enabled
  • Improvement to Flow prediction quality
  • Minor performance improvements aimed at reducing likelihood of lag
  • Fixes for a variety of crashes in the settings
  • Improvements in hyphen handling
  • Keyboard should no longer refuse to accept input for a short while after pressing send in messaging apps
  • Kingsoft Office should no longer cause a crash
  • Fixed crashes when personalizing with Gmail
  • Enter key should now move cursor to new line in Firefox
  • Predictions disabled in Vaulty app’s password field

Known issues:

  • When words are removed from predictions on device, they may need to be re-added on all devices individually
  • Two emojis typed next to each other in Handcent or Hangouts may combine into a weird new emoji
  • Occasional crashes in cloud setup

If the beta is too risky for you, hit up the stable version in the Play Store instead. The free version comes with a 30-day trial. After that, the keyboard costs $3.99. There's a tablet version available also, but it must be purchased separately.

Source: SwiftKey

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Mark Bessey

    I think I'll stick with Swype... the previous release of SwiftKey just blatantly chose to insert its own word, even when I keyed it in letter-by-letter. At least for me, Swype has done a much better job of predicting what I want.

    • Chris

      That's the autocorrect. If you press space, SwiftKey will always autocorrect to the middle word at the top of the keyboard. If this is different to what you've actually typed, you can just tap the word to the left of that, which will be what you've actually typed.

      • EH101

        Not only that but you can select what function hitting the space bar will do. There are 3 options.

        1 always insert a space
        2 always complete the current word
        3 always insert a prediction.

        I use number 2 and swype can't even come close to competing for me.

        • CoffeeZombie

          I have that option selected, and I still have the issue Mark mentioned.

          • EH101

            If you truly have number 2 selected and it is changing the word instead of completing the prediction (ie hitting space while typing 'bigg' to insert 'bigger'), then you might have an older apk of SwiftKey that didn't get replaced correctly during an update and is causing conflicts. In that case try going to SwiftKey settings>advanced>remove old SwiftKey (at the bottom of the list).

            Other than that, I'd guess a setting somewhere is wrong. Only way to test that, I suppose, would be to clear the app data for SwiftKey so it returns to default settings. Then run through the setup wizard and try it out.

            If neither of those fix the issue, well, I wouldn't know what to tell you.

      • Mark Bessey

        My issue was that if I was looking at the top center as I was typing my word, it was showing what I keyed -- then when I hit the last letter, I made the mistake of assuming it had continued taking what I typed, but no, it substituted a completely different word that I couldn't even marginally guess where it came from.

        • EH101

          Question, did you try personalizing SwiftKey using its function to learn from your sms or Gmail etc? In my experience, that never works as I think it should and always kills all prediction functionality.

  • MasterGlink

    Will this be integrated into future versions of Swiftkey or is it going to be a separate service with an additional purchase?

    • RajivSK

      I'd like to know this as well, wasn't really clear from reading the article.

    • abhisahara

      If you have already bought the SK app then this will be available for you as a upgrade as soon as the beta period is over.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Yes, it will be integrated into SwiftKey once it's out of beta.

  • PhoenixPath

    Still really liking Google keyboard.

    That doesn't mean I won't give this a try again though (bought them ages ago).

    Thanks for the easy play links, AP. :)

  • Daniel McDermott

    Still no Chinese support, sigh. I love this keyboard for English, but it is highly annoying to switch from a Chinese keyboard back to this, so I usually stick with Google Pinyin IME.

    • Jsilvermist

      This is exactly how I feel but for a Japanese keyboard.

  • Double stick

    I hate the space they insert after each and every word I type. It's so annoying!

    • mauswe

      i think it predicts spaces most accurate of all the keyboards i have tested. in combinations with smileys and how it removes spaces when pressing punctuation and so forth. Is it this you are reffering to?

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