February 20, 2013 | by Natesh Sood
For a while now, SwiftKey had been testing SwiftKey Flow in beta for several months. However, the Flow feature is now neatly baked into SwiftKey as the popular third party keyboard app has been officially updated in the Play Store. Even though it is technically known as SwiftKey 4, it will remain in the Play Store as SwiftKey.
The Flow aspect is similar to what we are familiar with in Swype, but it represents SwiftKey’s take on swiping as a method of text input. Users can switch easily between Flow and the normal tap method of text input. Another cool new feature found in the latest version of SwiftKey is Flow Through Space. Essentially, this mode of text input allows you to input entire sentences without ever having to lift a finger.
Other new features are as follows:
- SwiftKey Flow – blending SwiftKey’s mind-reading next-word prediction and autocorrect with the speed of gesture typing
- Flow Through Space – lets users write entire sentences in one motion without ever having to lift their finger to add a space
- Support for contextual prediction across 60 languages – with new support for Albanian, Bosnian, Javanese, Sundanese, Thai and Vietnamese, all with dynamic auto-correction and next word prediction
- Easier corrections – tap on a word and SwiftKey 4 will move the cursor to the end of the word and offer two alternatives
- Personalized typing style – whether you write inaccurately with two thumbs or more carefully using a single finger, SwiftKey 4 now automatically adapts to how users type to provide more insightful corrections and prediction
As a limited time promotion, SwiftKey is offering its latest Android app for $1.99 in the Google Play Store. Typically, the keyboard sells for $3.99, but SwiftKey wants to entice new users to give the updated keyboard a chance. Current owners of SwiftKey will receive a free update to SwiftKey 4.