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New Swiftkey Beta Released for Tablets and Phones

Members of Swiftkey’s VIP beta program, please check your inboxes.  You should have received an invitation to download the new version for both tablets and phones within the last couple of minutes.  Each of the updates appear to be more than just bug fixers, especially the tablet version which has reworked layouts for both portrait and landscape.

If you haven’t signed up yet to be a part of their beta program, now would be a good time to head over to their site.  As many of you know, Swiftkey is easily one of our favorite keyboards of all time.  

Tablet changelog:

New features:
– installer and setting UIs;
– reworked large portrait and landscape layouts;
– addition of secondary characters to layouts.

Improvements to:
– the keyboard which address several of the typing issues found in the previous release;
the usability of the personalization functionality, particularly with regard to issues with Gmail and Google Apps;
– typing accuracy and spelling correction;
– status notifications, particularly during personalization;
-the usability of the installation process;
– the shortcut launcher (particularly in landscape and on larger devices);
– the preferences and language settings UI;
– general performance, responsiveness and power consumption.

Bug fixes
– Repeated characters (“DoubleDouble”) bugs are now fixed for the most part. There are still some application-specific problems (see Known Issues).
– No more flickering on Gingerbread devices.
– Web search fields now behave correctly.
– Fixed a bug where occasionally the installer got stuck in a loop.
– Language states and summaries now update correctly.

Phone changelog:

Improvements to:
– the usability of the personalization functionality, particularly with regard to issues with Gmail and Google Apps;
– typing accuracy and spelling correction;
– status notifications, particularly during personalization;
– the usability of the installation process;
– the shortcut launcher (particularly in landscape and on larger devices);
– the preferences and language settings UI;
– general performance, responsiveness and power consumption.

Bug fixes:
– Repeated characters (“DoubleDouble”) bugs are now fixed for the most part. There are still some application-specific problems (see Known Issues).
– Fixed problems with physical/hard keyboards where SHIFT and ALT would get stuck on and symbols were printed rather than alphabetic characters.
– No more flickering on Gingerbread devices.
– Web search fields now behave correctly.
– Fixed a bug where occasionally the installer got stuck in a loop.
– Language states and summaries now update correctly.

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  • Zac Livesay

    Oddly enough, I don’t like this very much. I guess because I rarely rely on word prediction as much as I rely on correction. I type pretty fast, so it’s actually faster to just type the word out than to focus on seeing if it’s being predicted. I’m weird like that though, and I don’t have swype (can’t find it for the dinc :( ) so I’m sticking with the gingerbread keyboard that comes with CM7.

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  • Griff

    Sure wish I could join the VIP :(

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  • Bob G

    the voice / settings button is still switched :( they gotta put voice back as NOT the long press option……….despite them wanting to show off their logo

  • http://twitter.com/DryZebra Ezra Byrd

    Sorry, I don’t like predictive text. So for me, it’s Ultra Keyboard. 

  • Anonymous

    Wish you could change colors. I hate the sickly green of gingerbread.

  • Me

    i’ve been using swiftkey for a few months now on my phone and xoom, i really really like it.  the prediction engine gets scary amazing after some time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674902817 Zach Davis

    ever since i downloaded FlexT9 from Amazon and then moving to CM4DX, I haven’t been able to use anything else lol

    • Anonymous

      Got rid of Swype when I installed that.

      • http://profiles.google.com/cavins01 chris cavins

        swype is terrible anyways

        • Anonymous

          Why do you guys like FlexT9 over Swype so much?  I have been a big Swype fan.  I had FlexT9 on my Xoom until the other day when Swype finally came out.  I’m really digging it on my Xoom, especially with the option go shrink the keyboard down.  There were certain things I hated about FlexT9 (maybe because I was used to Swype), but I didn’t like the way backspace worked nor how you couldn’t “swipe” in the URL bar.  So just curious why you guys like it so much more.

  • Cpdavis120280

    Not a fan. Flex9 Text input works better. First!!

    • Cgmartin33

      Weird! Am I the only one who’s phone slowed down to a crawl and damn near caught on fire using Flex T9? I was really looking forward to making it my daily driver too. I was running a leak at the time…maybe I will give it another shot on the rooted final build.

      • skaguyy

        I was just looking this up to see if it was just me!

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch Judah Richardson

    Hopefully they fixed the issues with the Droid 1 hardware keyboard mapping that have made it nearly useless for me

    • Anonymous

      Same for me…I stopped using it for that reason.  I went back to Swype and don’t plan to change; especially, since Swype now has horizontal word choice. 

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