Swiftkey prides itself on making your mobile typing experience easier and faster than stock keyboards, but these days the competition has really upped its game. Predictions and swiping aren't enough to qualify as unique anymore. But a new unannounced feature from SwiftKey might be just the edge they need to stay competitive.
With the version 5.3 beta launching on Android later this week, SwiftKey is addressing one of the most irritating aspects of typing on a mobile device—entering passwords, and not just in websites. The company will partner with Dashlane, a password manager akin to LastPass and 1Password, to make entering login credentials in your apps as easy as selecting a word from the prediction bar. The keyboard will simply prompt you when it detects that it's open in an app with passwords stored in Dashlane. Then you can auto-fill the information using a prompt in SwiftKey's suggestion bar. We've got some screenshots below showing how this is going to work in practice.
SwiftKey doesn't get access to the credentials, it just acts as a vehicle. The functionality is also only active for people who opt-in.
The feature will be limited initially to beta testers who also have Dashlane installed (it will work with both Dashlane's free and premium tiers), and again, will launch later this week. So if you aren't running the beta yet, you may want to be soon, and here's how you get started. Expect to see more information about the new feature soon.