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The new version of SwiftKey comes armed with SwiftKey Flow, a swipe-to-type feature that is supported with a more intelligent word prediction engine. Gesture based typing solutions are all the rage, and that has been the selling feature on most alternative Android keyboards. Headlining the arrival of version 4, SwiftKey Flow promises to accurately predict what you are going to type next.

SwiftKey Flow was actually introduced as a beta back in October last year. The idea behind the design was to make it easier to type by combining the traditional tapping with gliding your fingers across the keyboard – ‘flowing’ as SwiftKey would like to call it. The advanced prediction engine also comes into play by guessing what you are going to type next, so that you don’t have to type complete words. SwiftKey 4 seamlessly allows you to choose between tapping, flowing and choosing words. With the innovative ‘Flow Through Space’ feature, you don’t even have to take your fingers off the keyboard. You can insert words by sliding your finger down to the space bar between words and text-prediction does the rest.

SwiftKey has tweaked its error correction, Smart Space, and also heat maps how you interact with the touchscreen to make it work more powerfully. Language support has been extended to 60 languages. SwiftKey is also celebrating the launch with special offers. Check out the source link below and come back to tell us about your first impressions.

Source: SwiftKey Blog

  1. Mac Witty
    February 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Reading the user review on Googel Play it seems as it works better for phones than tablet - lets hope they fix it as it looks very nice.

    • Saikat Basu
      February 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

      With tablets it is probably the spacing and the travel distance. Otherwise it sounds like a very good upgrade.

  2. jtbaum
    February 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    SwiftKey has been my favorite keyboard for a while now, so I just tried out the Flow upgrade. As someone who never used a swiping keyboard, I was a bit skeptical. Overall, I found it works pretty well. I had expected all kinds of prediction errors, but it was very accurate. A couple of issues, though:

    Using Flow on my Nexus 10 in landscape mode is essentially impossible. There's just too much space to cover and it's not worth the effort. I've heard that some other swipe type keyboards have a compressed layout in landscape which makes it more functional, but that's not the case here.

    Fortunately, using Flow does not mean you can't use the regular, predictive style of typing that I'm used to. In landscape mode, that's the way to go. Unfortunately, the swipe to delete (a very handy function), no longer works. In those circumstances when the prediction is wrong, or you just enter the wrong word, you have to resort to multiple backspaces, something I now find annoying after getting used to swipe to delete. The downswipe to hide the keyboard had never worked for me on my tablet like it did on the phone, but that one is obviously gone too. I don't know how they can put these two functions back in, but I really hope they figure something out since not having them is a loss of functionality that I'll miss.

    I'll probably keep using Flow for a while to see if I really like it. It's not perfect, but the developers are clearly doing good work.

  3. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 21, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I liked the new comment management system. Congratulations MakeUseOf team.

  4. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

    My favorite for a long time. It has now a Turkish keyboard which I've been waiting for. I'm a happy SwiftKey user :)
    by the way, It's on sale (50%), so don't miss if you still not have it.

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