SwiftKey has issued an incremental update to its apps for Android phones and tablets this morning, headlined by the addition of continuous voice typing (dictation mode) and new themes.

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Voice dictation support is available only for handsets running Android 4.0 or above, and can be accessed by long-pressing the comma. The two new themes are Sky (blue) and Fuchsia (pink) which, should you desire your keyboard to have a little more pop, pile onto an already large library of options. The languages added in this release are Malay and Urdu, bringing SwiftKey to a total of 44 supported tongues.

Most welcome, though, are probably the bug fixes that come with this newest version. SwiftKey has experienced numerous issues on the Galaxy S III, as well as in Google Chrome and Talk, and Jelly Bean generally. These issues, supposedly, have been fixed, according to SwiftKey's blog.

You can grab the updated apps now on the Play Store.

Update: Here's the changelog in its entirety, which includes a lot of low-level details you don't ordinarily see. Good on you, SwiftKey:

Look and feel

  • Two new themes for summer, Sky and Fuchsia.

User Experience

  • General performance improvements;
  • Improved application compatibility;


  • Google voice typing for Android 4.0 and 4.1 users - now allows continuous dictation
  • Fixed Doubledouble problems;
  • Fixed Jumpy cursor problems;
  • Dolphin HD browser now has predictions.
  • Firefox: Fixed Doubledouble problems;
  • Google Now: Now has predictions;
  • HTC notes app: Predictions;
  • Jelly Bean stock browser: Now has predictions;
  • Fixed selection problems on the Samsung Galaxy S3;
  • Fixed crashes on the Samsung Galaxy S3.


  • Chrome:Arrow keys still not functional due to restrictions from the browser - we’re looking for workarounds;
  • Chrome: Predictions do not update when coming back from sleep, need to set selection a couple of times to make them re-sync - have informed Google of this bug;
  • Stock browser in Jelly Bean: Arrow keys do not work due to restrictions from the browser - we’re looking for workarounds;


  • Two new supported languages added, bringing the total to 44: Malay and Urdu.


  • Font size and indentation inconsistencies in preference menus;
  • Font size too large on the sharable Heatmap;
  • GTalk smiley button has gone in JellyBean
  • Handle the case where languagePacks.json somehow gets set to “readonly”
  • Punctuation does not always auto correct
  • Reports of performance lag on some devices for some users;
  • Swedish localization problems for key height settings;
  • Theme list wrong after upgrade 2.2 -> 3.0;
  • Twitter personalization does not handle OAuthException gracefully;
  • When composing, after an auto-completing punctuation character, selecting the prediction inserts it twice.

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The app was not found in the store. :-(

The app was not found in the store. :-(

The app was not found in the store. :-(