12
Aug
swiftkey

SwiftKey introduced Cloud Beta – a new feature that stores users' data in the cloud and syncs it across devices – a little more than two weeks ago, and so far the company has already pushed one update with a slew of bug fixes. Today marks Cloud Beta's second update in as many weeks, which brings several fixes and enhancements:

Full changelog and known issues for 4.2.0.115

Changes:

  • Now possible to personalize from a second Gmail account before personalizing from an earlier one has finished
  • Fix for crash when starting Gmail personalization
  • Increased responsiveness of Flow predictions (this should reduce the likelihood of the flowed word prediction changing right at the last second)
  • Handcent and Hangout Emoji entry fixed
  • Language models no longer backed up via Android back up if you have SwiftKey Cloud backup and sync enabled (this should save on network and battery usage)
  • Further fixes for crashes in the Cloud preferences
  • Disabled predictions in Pleco where requested
  • Removed SwiftKey account details from the Android Settings, as these were confusing when you had multiple installs side-by-side

Of course, it doesn't fix everything, so there are still a handful of issues that the SK team is currently working on:

Known issues:

  • If you re-add a word that you previously removed from predictions, it will not always get re-added across all your synced devices
  • The showerhead Emoji in GoSMS messes up input
  • Spanish inverted ? not visible on plain QWERTY keyboard when Spanish is loaded
  • Popup accented characters missing after changing layout or language settings
  • Prediction bar too small in landscape mode
  • SwiftKey reluctant to replace a mistyped bottom row character with a space (e.g. ‘Hibthere’ will not get corrected to ‘Hi there’)

As always, you can grab the newest version of the beta from SwiftKey's blog.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Tony Sarju

    "SwiftKey reluctant to replaced a mistyped bottom row character with a space (e.g. ‘Hibthere’ will not get corrected to ‘Hi there’)"

    This issue kills me when rapid typing. I always manage to press the "b" key when I should be hitting space and have to go back and correct many words. I don't use the Cloud Beta though, just the official release of SwiftKey.

    • Sircanealot

      Wow, I get a lot of these ones too! Sad to see they're not fixing it yet. Other than the intended. Com issue also reported below (drives me insane), swift key is pretty awesome!

    • enoch861

      The Cloud Beta has been working marvelously for me concerning mistyped space. It fact, It has done almost a whole sentence for me before. I was shocked.

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    I wish I could've used another email account as opposed to a gmail account. But I am appreciating the cloud beta overall. Though I'm unsure as to why they never rolled it out via the Play Store.

    • GryphKid44

      They will roll it out to the Play Store as an update to Swiftkey 4 once it leaves beta.

      • firethorn

        Hopefully that'll happen before too long. I'd love to get the new functionality without having to set up the beta version from scratch.

        Of course, once the SK Cloud is rolled out to the Play version that won't be a problem anymore but until then I'm not a big fan of having two versions that don't share settings and vocabulary data.

      • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

        I was asking why they're not rolling out the beta via the store.

        • GryphKid44

          Swiftkey has always beta tested outside the Play Store. They probably don't want to give everyone access to a product they do not feel is ready for release. If you are able to find the beta and are willing to sideload it then you are probably better equipped to test the beta product. Also it prevents them from getting bad reviews while they fix bugs.

          • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

            The ability to beta test within the play store is fairly new and almost mandatory. It's also a lot easier in terms of maintenance for end users like myself. I do hope they consider switching soon. Even on their end, the data they'd get must be more attractive than their current free-for-all.

            Also regarding the bad reviews. Beta's are generally two opt-in links away, it's not been an issue thus far for most apps testing via the store.

          • GryphKid44

            Then take it up with them if you don't like it. Or just use the stable build that is available in the Play Store, which also won't expire like the beta. Also, almost mandatory? That sounds to me like Not Mandatory.

          • Chris

            Its not. No one is required to have betas on the playstore. No one is even required to have betas at all.

          • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

            Almost mandatory was referring to the caveat that Google implemented about self-updating not being able to come from multiple sources. I may have been a little grammatically overzealous, but alas, what's with your attitude? I'm really not caring that much, I'm just shooting the shit about some software in a comments section.

          • GryphKid44

            The actual update will come through the Play store as a direct update, The beta is a separate app. The update will come to everyone once it is out of beta. Updates and beta testing are different.

          • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

            I think we're destined to miscommunicate here. I've been testing Swiftkey for versions and have owned it for an eternity. I fully know their roll-out system.

            I can only guess you can't understand where I'm coming from because you're not testing any betas via the store that already have a full release. Either way it doesn't really matter, but I hope you have a good day old sport.

          • Chris

            its up to swiftkey if they want the beta for everyone or a select group. A keyboard is not the same as a social app or game. So take it up with them if you have a problem with it "not being on the play store ands I'm too lazy to visit their site to download then beta"

          • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

            They're free to do what they want, I just said I hoped they'd switch. After further contemplation, it would probably pose an issue for them regarding deployment given that betas are free for anyone to test but the full version is paid. I'm not sure if the Play Store would allow for that scenario. Especially given that it turns into cripple-ware.

      • Chris

        or swiftkey 4.5 or swiftkey 5.

  • jimmysmalia

    What about the double letter bug when using the stock email app? Eeverythihng wwas wwriten llike tthis aand itt wwas sssssooooo ffrustrating.

  • Stefano Lovecchio

    Swiftkey is near to perfection, but i still want a better positioned ".com" key while surfing the web, and a better recognition of the personal terms (for example, if i start a sentence with a personal term, the keyboard will remind that term always with the first capital letter, even when i want to use it in the middle of another sentence).

  • Pankaja Withanachchi

    A killer feature...
    CUSTOMISABLE Emojis!!
    Come on! I prefer a ":)" over the included ":-)"
    I can't be the only one!!

    • enoch861

      Your not. I think most people prefer ':)' over ':-)', ';)' over ';-)', ':P' over ':-P', so on and so forth.

  • Ryan O’Neill

    I used to be a huge SwiftKey fan...then Google released the 4.2 keyboard on the Play Store.

  • Chris

    I only use swiftkey. Love the themes, (not just a ugly gray as found on the google keyboard. barf....) word prediction/correction. whats not to love?

  • Paul

    When du they fix multi language support? It's damn annoying that it moves words from the other activated language (s) while one is swiping in one language.

  • Sven L.

    Somehow Swiftkey always reverses the changes I made to have the US keyboard in qwertz back to qwerty. Really annoying.

    • Bluewall

      ^THIS SO MANY TIMES: I'm pissed off lol

  • Guest

    It just chrash on my note 2

  • Mathias

    it doesn't work on my Note 2.

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