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SwiftKey's latest beta works a lot faster with password managers

SwiftKey's latest beta works a lot faster with password managers

SwiftKey remains one of the best third-party keyboard alternatives on Android — especially if you're a dedicated Microsoft fan. With its latest beta update, the app is gaining a much-needed feature for managing logins, passwords, and smart replies.

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SwiftKey fixes Pixel 4’s swipe to erase issue on stable, too (APK Download)

SwiftKey fixes Pixel 4’s swipe to erase issue on stable, too (APK Download)

Despite its long-standing acclaim as the keyboard app to beat on Android, SwiftKey hasn’t played nice with Google’s own Pixel 4 and 4 XL since back when they launched in 2019. The handy swipe-to-delete gesture has been broken on the two phones for over a year, and it's only now that the app is gearing up to patch it. If the latest update to SwiftKey beta is any indication, a proper fix for the issue is just around the corner.

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SwiftKey's dark mode follows the system theme in latest update (APK Download)

SwiftKey's dark mode follows the system theme in latest update (APK Download)

Microsoft bought popular third-party keyboard Swiftkey four years ago, and the app is still going strong. It refreshed its branding earlier this year, and started work on supporting Android 10's dark theme. Now it looks like the latest beta version supports automatically changing the keyboard style to match the look of the system theme.

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SwiftKey's Gboard-style spacebar-driven cursor control is official

SwiftKey's Gboard-style spacebar-driven cursor control is official

Microsoft SwiftKey fans are adamant that their software keyboard is the best, but the Android version has unarguably been missing one pretty snazzy feature that other keyboards like Gboard have: Sliding cursor control. Or, at least, that was true until today, because the latest beta just picked up the feature. And true to form, SwiftKey made its version a little bit better than Google's implementation.

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SwiftKey picks up Emoji 12.0 support, more conspicuous Microsoft branding

SwiftKey picks up Emoji 12.0 support, more conspicuous Microsoft branding

Microsoft acquired SwiftKey about four years ago, and apart from some additions like optional Microsoft accounts, Bing, and the company's translate feature, it didn't change too much about the popular third-party keyboard. Earlier this year, though, Microsoft's name got more prominent in the app's settings, and now, the Redmond giant has decided it's about time to make it even more obvious whose keyboard you're using. Following a beta test run, the latest stable version of SwiftKey is now called "Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard" and comes with a refreshed logo.

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Latest SwiftKey Beta comes with an incomplete dark mode and revamped settings

Latest SwiftKey Beta comes with an incomplete dark mode and revamped settings

SwiftKey has only recently received an update that made many of its fans unhappy with changes to the toolbar. A new release to the beta channel doesn't mitigate these issues, but it packs some much-needed improvements: SwiftKey's settings have been completely redesigned with a more conventional interface that now also supports Android 10's dark mode. The keyboard itself doesn't switch themes automatically yet, though — baby steps.

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SwiftKey Beta introduces 'Puppets' so everyone can make 3D emoji abominations

SwiftKey Beta introduces 'Puppets' so everyone can make 3D emoji abominations

One way or another, people will find new ways to express their thoughts or ideas using all the tools that developers like to cook up. When it comes to the world of animated three-dimensional avatars, for example, we have Apple's Animoji, Samsung's AR Emoji, and a bunch of other OEM-proprietary solutions that look interesting. But what if your phone's manufacturer failed to include this new and important feature, don't worry! Microsoft's cross-platform keyboard app, SwiftKey, has taken up the mantle to create Puppets, now available in beta.

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SwiftKey Beta now colors the navigation bar with your primary theme color

SwiftKey Beta now colors the navigation bar with your primary theme color

Most Android users I know stick with Gboard nowadays, but there are some of you out there who still use third-party keyboards. The most popular one on the Play Store is SwiftKey, and now, the beta version has been updated to color the navigation bar with your keyboard's primary theme color.

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[Update: Now in stable version too] SwiftKey Beta automatic Incognito mode is here to save you from awkward predictions

[Update: Now in stable version too] SwiftKey Beta automatic Incognito mode is here to save you from awkward predictions

Picture this: you have national security level web browsing to do, and fire up Incognito mode. However, unless you also remember to toggle your keyboard over to Incognito, it's still studying what you type to add words to its dictionary. If you can already see a potentially embarrassing situation brewing, worry no more, as the newest SwiftKey Beta picks up the ability to automatically switch itself to Incognito mode.

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SwiftKey Beta v7.1.3.25 picks up Microsoft Translator integration

SwiftKey Beta v7.1.3.25 picks up Microsoft Translator integration

Text translation seems like an obvious feature for a phone keyboard. It eliminates the hassle of having to swap between apps, copying and pasting when you want to say something in a language you don't speak (however infrequent that need may be). SwiftKey seems to agree, as the latest update of the keyboard's Beta version comes with Microsoft Translator integration.

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