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Dec
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SwiftKey's changing again, but don't expect anything drastic this time around. The team has altered the keyboard installation process to make it easier to follow. The new one has fewer steps, reducing how much the user is presented with out of the gate.

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For comparison, here is how the current stable version greets newcomers.

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Upon first glance, it definitely looks less imposing. Does a new user need to know about SwiftKey Cloud just to try out the keyboard? And what is SwiftKey Flow other than branding? These changes are currently only available in the latest 4.4 beta, and the SwiftKey folks have provided a direct download link with the APK. After you've played around with it, the team would love to hear your feedback. Have fun.

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.

  • Pete

    Still no option for arrow keys in the tablet UI. Ho hum.

  • Sqube

    I wish there was a way to sign up for beta updates from within the app instead of having to download a separate one. I guess that's less of an issue now that your dictionary resides in the cloud, though.

    • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

      I'm a fan of SwiftKey and totally get why they'd do the beta separate
      from the Play Store, but I do with they'd release the beta through the
      Play Store channel too. I really don't need to have two separate
      installations.

  • anzensepp1987

    Think that they should rather concentrate on some classy new themes for the keyboard itself.

    • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

      That and besting the Swype prediction engine. Swype is laggy, but it still predicts much better when swiping. :-

  • Ray Sunghwa Woo

    Please add a row for numbers.

    • faceless128

      they confirmed that is one of the things they're working on.

      • Ray Sunghwa Woo

        Yes I know. It was early November that I saw that screenshot of the list they were working on. I check the updates every time and the number row is not there.

  • Abhilash Bingi

    I just uninstalled mine yesterday after using it for a couple of years. None of the themes look good and coupled with Google Keyboard improving by leaps and bounds and integrating emoji, I didn't find any reason for keeping it around.

    I might install it on a tablet (when I get one) just for the split keyboard functionality though.

    • Ricardo Kummel

      Nothing beats SwiftKey and its dual language support at the same time. And just for emoji? No, thanks.. For that I use whatsapp..

  • Matthew Fry

    That image is so well photoshopped together I thought it was in landscape for a moment.

  • DonEmu

    Emoji..

  • BBXiong

    please add chinese, this is the only reason I'm not buying it just yet:(

  • Filipe

    Waiting for emojis.

  • Stuart Halliday

    Still can't do Macros....

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