21
Aug
swiftkey

After about a month of beta testing and several updates, SwiftKey 4.2 has entered the Play Store for both phones and tablets. Without a doubt, the most significant feature in today's update is cloud sync that synchronizes your personal dictionaries between multiple devices.

Cloud sync uses your Google account for authentication and, in addition to syncing predictions, can also periodically download currently trending phrases as well as data from Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and RSS feeds. Multiple accounts are supported, and it only takes a single tap to set up Gmail and Facebook learning thanks to native API integration - both nice and welcomed touches.

Another nice touch for those who may have been worried - SwiftKey Cloud syncs between tablets and phones just fine, despite the existence of two independent versions of the software. That's because sync is tied to your Google account and not an APK's package name.

All data in SwiftKey Cloud is subject to the company's data security and privacy policies. That means SSL, AES-256 encryption, node isolation and access restrictions to the backend, and other things that should inspire at least some confidence in today's NSA-aware world.

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In addition to SwiftKey Cloud, you will benefit from the following improvements:

  • Better contextual predictions: SwiftKey will recognize the kind of field you are typing in and suggest more relevant predictions. For example, a contact field will learn contact names over time as they are entered
  • Smarter learning: recognizes deliberate actions e.g. use of punctuation and delete keys and includes these in all suggestions
  • Fewer keystrokes needed when searching contacts: SwiftKey will now emphasize what was previously typed in name fields
  • Quickly return to previously entered search terms: Words previously used in URL fields will be emphasized in predictions
  • New settings for physical keyboards: including space bar behavior and punctuation settings
  • Improved layouts for Russian (compact and phonetic) and Ukrainian (compact)
  • New layouts for Bulgarian (BDS), French (Bepo), and Swedish (Svorak)
  • Improved settings layout
  • Removed “.com” key from keyboard when typing in a URL bar (at our users’ request)

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To celebrate the big 4.2 release, the company is throwing a 50% off sale on both SwiftKey variants in the Play Store as well as the Amazon Appstore (though the update hasn't made it there yet). $1.99 is an absolute steal for what has been my personal keyboard of choice for several years now.

Source: SwiftKey

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  • Ryan Steddy

    The cloud features sound nice but the best thing is the .com has finally been removed. SwiftKey is finally usable! I can only assume the "users' request" is referring to me personally. You're welcome everybody :-D

    • tumatos

      so swiftkey is finally usable because the removal of a key on a very specific condition?
      I actually used it. and to think that because of one request, they would change anything....really?

      • Ryan Steddy

        I would press the .com button around 20 times a day and that involved 4 presses of backspace and then carefully pressing the space - it really took so much time that it wasn't worth using the app for its other uses.

        I was only being factious about it being my request, I've seen so many people complaining about it, although apparently not sabret00the haha

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    Bring back the .com key!!!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I like how the first two comments are both praising and hating the removal of the .com key.

    • nxym

      what app are you using to check the network speed?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Network Monitor Mini.

  • BBXiong

    may i know what's the difference between the phone keyboard and the tablet keyboard? since we can use the tablet on the phone version, does that makes the typing experience the same?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Well, for one, and I absolutely don't understand and hate this: the tablet version doesn't have the option to show arrow keys.

      Other than that, it has more split layouts, AFAIK.

      In general, I think you will find that the phone version is not optimized for tablets and vice versa.

      • BBXiong

        thanks for the reply, I type frequent but I hardly find myself using the arrow keys often, maybe I'm not used to it yet as I just changed to the free version like 2 weeks ago, but overall the experience has been great on phone. I just don't get 2 things, why must they split into 2 separate versions for phone and tablet, and the second would be, when will the chinese language be coming out as I feel that's pretty much what I am missing now
        If i were to get just one version that I'll use across tablet and phone, which one would u think is better for me to get?

      • Ahmedroid

        I prefer using the phone version on my tablets over the tablets' version, mainly for the arrow keys.

    • bL4Ck

      SwiftKey for Phone goes in fullscreen mode when used on a tablet in landscape, layout is not exactly optimized and iirc split layout is not present.

      SwiftKey for Tablet has a quick layout switch button... and works well in landscape, also has an optimized split layout.

      I don't really like this, specially if people bought any of the two versions for full price, i bought the phone version for 10c when was in sale during the 10 million downloads sales, and bought the tablet version for half the regular price during a sale.

    • Stanislav Gruzdov

      When in the landscape mode (on my Gnex and Nexus 7 2012) Phone version closes fully the app you're using - showing only keyboard and your input.
      Tablet version on Nexus 7 shows the app. And, as already mentioned, has split layouts when in landscape.

  • Marcel Jóźwiak

    In Poland on Play Store it is now for 2.99 PLN which is less than 0.99$.

    • shavn

      Zalezy od kursu po jakim G przelicza sobie dolary na nasze, czyli jest po 0.99$ tylko u nas wychodzi tak. Ostatnio za dwie apki po 0.99$ płaciłem 3zł i 3.12zł

      • Marcel Jóźwiak

        Ale wciąż to nie jest 1.99 $ o którym mowa w artykule. Ja sądzę, że dla Polski jest oddzielnie cena ustalona, stąd równiutkie 2.99PLN.

  • henare

    hrm. the $1.99 price isn't showing in the US play store. :(

    • jeffhesser

      I just bought it for that price in the US store...

  • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

    Facebook and Gmail personalization keeps failing for me after this update :(

  • Riko Gonzalez

    I was waiting for this update / sale to finally purchase it!

  • Kuyam

    I personally switchted to AOSP keyboard because the swype predictions are much more accurate, Swiftkey will often think i swyped a word which I didn't want to swype and AOSP gets it right most of the times.

  • Phil Harkins

    Please bring back the .com button I use it so much.... Or at least make it an option to have like the arrows

  • jeffhesser

    Swype vs SwiftKey? I just bought SwiftKey because at that price I want to have the option but I already have Swype. Swype does some fairly poor guessing these days and feels kind of sluggish on my otherwise smokin fast phone.

    • ithehappy

      Swype is not for guessing or predicting you stupid. Do some research before buying.

      • sweenish

        Swype has next word prediction as a feature. And it blows compared to Swiftkey. Chill out. Do you really want to get all bent out of shape over a $0.99 app?

        • ithehappy

          Swype has that as a feature, but Swype users like me will never use it, honestly those persons are beyond me who relies on stupid predictions. Price is not the matter here. But if it were, I would have bought Swype with 10 bucks but wouldn't pay half for SK.

      • Steve Freeman

        It's funny how wrong you are...maybe you should try doing some research?

        • ithehappy

          There is a difference between what you 'think' and what's 'fact', you muppet.

          • Steve Freeman

            Yes, I'm aware. However, I also know for a fact that Swype does predictions. Since I've used it. And it does predictions. Hell, you even said "Swype has that as a feature, but Swype users like me will never use it", proving your own argument wrong.

  • ithehappy

    Keep trying SK. A great keyboard for those stupid tappers.

  • Franklin

    Still no option to remove the automatic spaces after each word. Really wish SwiftKey would insert spaces when you start a word or flow instead of after. I really like typing with SwiftKey, but I always get left using the backspace button all to often to remove the extra spaces it always adds.

  • Tony Sarju

    Why would anyone want the .com key to be removed? I find it very useful. Can someone please enlighten me?

    • darkNiGHTS

      I and many other people bump it ALL THE TIME and it completely messes up whatever you were typing. Only a problem for people who press space with their right thumb and type a search into the address bar of the web browser.

      • Tony Sarju

        Thanks for the reply. I can't say I recall that ever happening to me. Sad to see the removal of the button :(

        • darkNiGHTS

          Seems enough people are complaining about it that they'll add an option in the future maybe :).

  • catiremedina

    Mine isn't signing in with G+ , says there is an error with my connection, both wifi and 3g

    • supergrover

      Same here.

    • armandocj

      I'm having the same problem. I need this because I switch roms often and have to start fresh every time.

    • anezarati

      same here, it is just stalling out.

    • darkNiGHTS

      Same, guess servers are getting hammered.

    • Natale Giuliano Mainieri

      Me Too!

  • Armus

    Those azzholes ignored one of the top requests - we want an option for a number row. Guess I'll just pirate this copy. If they'd done as we asked, I might have paid for it.

    • mustbepbs

      You're an idiot.

    • Di Lu

      You have the number row, it is called long press.

      • Armus

        Folks with N2 phones enjoy a real number line. If you've never tried it, it's much nicer than long-press. That's why it is one of the top requests on the site. The issue is Swift key ignored it.

        • kamiller42

          I have N2. I found a good compromise is to lower the long key press delay to something like 175ms to 200ms.

          • Armus

            I run a tablet ui and swiftkey is a bit too small for it. Glad you found one that works for you but I'm messing around with Kii, a. I. Type and such until the dev finishes his cobbled together version.

          • kamiller42

            I run phablet UI with Paranoid Android. SwiftKey size is configurable. Setting mine to large takes up literally half the N2 screen... and that's without a row of numbers. That's pretty big.

  • Sean Cummins

    I got this when it was the free app of the day on the Amazon Appstore. Finally buying it on the Play Store just saw I don't have to install Amazon's Appstore whenever I get a new device or want to update the app.

  • AndroidZucks

    I'm glad that key is gone. Couldn't stand it. Now if only they would get rid of the auto space after a period we would be in business.

  • thisphuckinguy

    I use to love everything about SK. Being able to type in 3 languages without toggling is its only saving grace now.

  • Glich

    yes i have been waiting for a sales i want autocorrent on my s4.

  • Karthik Kumar

    Somebody tell me what the difference really is between Swiftkey and Swiftkey Tablet. I bought Swiftkey Tablet yesterday thinking it'd be the only one giving me a split keyboard, but Swiftkey gives me a split keyboard on my phone in landscape mode too..

    Oh and, I got charged just 50 rupees on my Swiftkey Tablet purchase, that's not even $0.99.

    • johnforamerica

      Tablet also doesn't allow arrow keys. I tried the beta, but that alone meant that I stuck with regular Swiftkey for both my 7" and 10" tablets (nexus 7 and touchpad)

  • kaibosh

    Ironically, I just switched from Swiftkey (tablet, on an N2) to Swype. Both are irritating in minor ways, and yeah on a Note 2 I also have a pretty good stock contender (with great swiping, number key row on top, and can be resized to one side or the other).

    The one thing I don't get about Swype is total lack of settings. Why in the name of God and all that is holy don't they allow you to set the 'long press' in milliseconds? This alone will probably drive me back to Swiftkey. Also, no haptic feedback for long press? This is something Swiftkey does very, very well. Also, why don't they allow you to resize the keyboard, or the keys, or anything? Guess what, there are a lot of us out there with LARGE phones.

    I can swipe with one hand on my gargantuan phone with either one, but it is tricky. More than anything else both of these apps need to work on having both prediction of what you are trying to say, AND prediction of what you will say next - at the same time. I don't care how they fit it in, I have the eyesight to see and peck at small things so give me the option already.