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Sometime last month, the beta version of SwiftKey gained the ability to pull from Evernote and Google+ to learn which words a user's trying to say. These joined the already long list of supported sources ranging from SMS and Gmail to Facebook and Twitter. The core functionality remains the same - just permit SwiftKey to access your social accounts and let those fingers fly.

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SwiftKey learns a user's typing habits by scanning through their emails and posts, ultimately improving the quality of text predictions. Providing the keyboard with access to multiple accounts gives it more data to work with. Of course, this also comes at the cost of divulging more information. None of this is required to use SwiftKey, and you need to explicitly grant the app access to your accounts before any of this takes place.

What’s new:

  • Added the ability to personalize from Evernote notes and Google+ public posts
  • Fixing several forced closes/crashes

That's about it for this update. As always, links are available below.

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.

  • Deeco

    Meh, surely there are other things they need to address?

    • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

      These guys cant prioritize according to user demand for shit. Its a great keyboard but I left it because waiting for important features has become tiresome.

      • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

        What important features?

        • Brad

          Emoji :-P

          • IcerC

            Really though, who uses those?

          • Brad

            I was using the beta for a while so I had access to emoji... I don't use a ton of them, but since it's build into kitkat... why wouldn't I want the option? Clearly the code's there.

        • Giacu Truss

          Chinese imput for example....

        • Sahil Chaturvedi

          Some useful themes.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    How exactly this whole personalization thing work? I have it enabled, but I didn't notice any difference

    • martin_pokorny

      In theory, it should analyze words you use in these apps and then add them into contextual prediction while typing with SwiftKey.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        So if I were to type in "I like trains", Google or SwiftKey would analyze it and next time I typed in "I like" it would automatically show "trains" as the next and the last word in the sentence?

        • Michael Vieux

          Correct,.
          I doesn't always work, but most of the time it does.
          It doesn't just correct your spelling, it compares what you're typing and suggests words based on what you've written in the past.

          It will also usually suggest the grammatically correct word based on the words already typed.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Does it work well with long sentences or does it break after 4-5 words?

          • Michael Vieux

            It depends, if I wrote something this morning it will remember about 80% of the words.
            If I wrote it last week it will suggest less words.

            It's an amazing keyboard, I've used it since it was introduced.
            I've tried other keyboards, but always come right back to SwiftKey.

            The predictions are very good, far better than the usual spelling corrections.

  • Spud The Potato Bow-tie Guy

    Giant scam to get your data, word prediction was already good enough.
    There is not much that benefits you from giving them your data, it will just make your writing appear more broken.

    • Michael Vieux

      It is an op-in option, just don't select the social media options.

      You do realize that if you type on their keyboard you are already giving them your data. ☺

      • Spud The Potato Bow-tie Guy

        yes but now they want data from other services you use too, its a massive difference.

  • alessiolarva

    Where is emojii support? Still in beta :(

    • Michael Vieux

      I love the beta version, emojii support, top row of numbers always present.
      On a 7 or 8 inch tablet in portrait, it's close to perfection.

    • Drago

      I'm waiting for this, too. I find myself using emoji more and more these days.

      I hope the next update has it. Soon.

    • WitnessG

      I'm mostly waiting for the top row of numbers which is also in beta. :/

  • martin_pokorny

    Now community skins support, please! :P

  • Raymond Berger

    I can't wait until android fixes the keyboard bug!

  • WitnessG

    If they aren't going to make more themes for it, they should allow 3rd party themes.

  • Sahil Chaturvedi

    Unusable until Swiftkey gets some themes that won't burn my eyes.

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