One of the reasons I don't swipe on my smartphone's keyboard very often is that I can never be too sure what the prediction engine will insert especially when the word is too short or the letters and swipe motion are very similar to another word. "To" and "too," "art" and "at," "deal" and "desk," are some of many examples where moving your finger a few millimeters and pausing on a letter for a few milliseconds can make all the difference between a quick message and lost seconds spent tapping backspace and retrying to type the correct word.
SwiftKey is trying a new swipe approach with its latest beta version. Instead of the app automatically inserting the word after you "flow" (i.e. swipe), it will give you three predictions, just like it does when you're hunting and pecking at the letters. If the main middle prediction isn't the one you want, you can choose one of the other two and continue your text. But if you simply continue flowing or tapping without selecting anything, the app will automatically insert the middle prediction.
I haven't tested it yet (I find SwiftKey irritatingly slow and somehow inaccurate with my finger taps compared to GBoard), but it seems like a great idea. Speed shouldn't be affected for those who flow without a single edit, but those who often see the wrong word inserted will have more flexibility.
- New Flow experience: When Flowing, we will show you three possible predictions instead of auto inserting the word
- Added Fuzzy Pinyin
- You can now Flow and long press from the lock screen on Android 5.1+
- Fixed duplicate numbers on number layout
- Emoji access key on Android N no longer disappears when changing the screen size to small
The option should be live in the latest SwiftKey Beta v18.104.22.168 which you can grab from the Play Store or APK Mirror.
This new flow mechanic has now rolled to the stable version of SwiftKey. The team also added 4 new keypress sound profiles for those who want to customize the bleeps and boops of their typing.
- We’ve added a highly requested feature to SwiftKey - now you can enjoy four all-new keypress sound profiles: ‘Modern’, ‘Android’, ‘Traditional’ and ‘Blip’.
- We've improved how Flow works: when flowing, we will now show you three possible predictions instead of auto-inserting the word
- Brackets on Right-to-Left languages are no longer incorrectly flipped.
- Lots more fixes and improvements to keep SwiftKey running smoothly.