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Swiftkey Introduces Swiftkey Flow, a Gliding and Predicting Typing Experience

Swiftkey, one of the most popular Android keyboards, announced a new keyboard experience today, called Flow. As the name implies, Flow allows you to glide between keys so that you can type words without lifting up a finger. Before you jump in with the “This is like Swype!” comments, I recommend that you watch the video. Swiftkey’s version of swiping between keys comes off as being much more predictive than other options. During the video, Flow shows that it can predict words after you have swiped only a couple of letters. According to Swiftkey, it also stays top notch at normal typing for those rapid tappers out there.

There is going to be a beta release of Flow soon, so be sure to stop by Swiftkey’s site to sign up


  • Slick video demo.

  • George264


  • Ever since Swype came out, I have used it as my keyboard of choice. I have played with Swiftkey some, but I am so use to Swype that it just doesn’t feel right not swyping. I am so glad to see Swiftkey trying to adopt the best of Swype features.

  • Frank

    Swype is cool but it encouraged me to reply to txts while driving so I went to SwiftKey full time both on galaxy nexus and nexus 7.

  • Prime7

    This is going to be the keyboard that finally takes me away from Swype.

  • Medications

    I used swype for a while, but its predictions never got better like I thought they would and i finally got tired of so many typos due to incorrect predictions. So I went and bought swiftkey to give it a try, and I was instantly impressed with how crazy good it was with predictions. I still prefer the swype method of typing as opposed to finger-lifting, but its worthless if the prediction engine sucks.

    Point being, this is a dream come true

    • Kyleen Blanchard

      I agree with everything you said. Can’t wait for this.

  • I’ll give it a try, but it’s going to take a lot to get me to switch from Swype.

  • Diablo81588

    Dubstep FTW 😛

  • joejoe5709

    Never tried a Swype style keyboard before but this looks pretty good. Might give it a try when it’s official and not Beta.

  • I don’t really need Swype, but I know a lot of people that love it and their phones don’t come with it pre-loaded, so this should be a good option.

  • roberthenderson

    Game over Swype

  • I’ve been wanting this!!!!!!

  • ToddAwesome

    As a Swype user I must say this looks good. For anyone who knocks Swype saying they can type faster, that’s not why I use Swype. I really love the ability to text with one hand. (insert pron joke here)

    • Tyler

      So you can’t type with one hand using a normal keyboard? /confused

      • ToddAwesome

        Well of course you can, I’ve tried most every keyboard, I find Swype easiest for texting while not really paying attention to my keyboard. Which makes me very interested to see how Swiftkey can meld their already good keyboard with Flow.

        • Tyler

          Ohh ok. I was really confused at first.

    • Agreed. Swype is easily the fastest for me when one handed typing.

  • Nice, now, how do we teach SwiftKey to use Oxford commas?

  • Tyler

    Beta please???

  • What a tease… I want this now

    • brando56894

      As soon as I saw my girlfriend post this earlier, I was about to go download it and then I saw it wasn’t available yet and was sad…

  • KreeTerry

    brb, gotta change my pants

  • cjlee89

    So do current owners get this upgrade or is this another program we would have to purchase?

    • Xavier Fields

      this better be a free upgrade for current owners. or else…….or else….

      • its not like its $20…

        • CompCrash

          Knowing SwiftKey it will be another $4 for it. But hoping it will be an update to the current app, or at least discounted for either beta testers or at launch.

          • Manny

            Did they charge for the big overhaul that happened a while back? I don’t think they did. Either way I think SwiftKey is a great company and I’ll gladly buy another app from them because they deserve it.

          • Royal2000H

            What do you mean? Knowing SwiftKey, it will be free. They seem to not charge for things even when they can.

  • andrew galvin

    dubstep reminded me of microsoft commercial

  • Every time I see an advertisement which uses dub-step I think of Borderlands 2, ‘Now with 95.5 percent more Wub Wub’

    • SchwannyT

      And 87.7 buzillan guns?

  • DanWazz

    I’ve been hoping for this for a while. Swiftkey will be the only keyboard I use as soon as this update hits.

  • TouchPal has had predictive swiping for a couple years now. Can’t say I use it all that much but they’ve never stopped developing it. I have plenty of keyboards on my phone and switch back and forth between them depending on the situation but I’m principally a Swyper.

  • Sonic_44

    I want that song! And Google Ears didn’t pick it up. 🙁

  • AranelAlasse

    I Want!!

  • I can’t swipe but I would give gliding a try! Lol. SwiftKey has been my keyboard of oice for a long long time. They rock and their prediction really is that good.

  • yessssssssssss

  • It’s funny because this demo is trying to show how fast you can type with the flow system but this demo pretty much sums up why i dont use swype. I’m not trying to brag but my typing speed on regular swiftkey is way faster than what i see on this video.

    • roberthenderson

      Swiping is great for 1 handed typing

    • Kindroid

      Remember that 10 years from now when carpal tunnel of the thumbs sets in.

  • MichaelFranz

    Swiftkey Vs Swype for the world record….back and forth battle, watch

  • John Jenness

    Pac Man pillows! waka, waka, waka…

  • Jeremy Turnley

    My fingers go from being unable to slide across the screen to being so oily that I don’t want to, and pretty much nothing in between – no swiping for me 😛

  • Symbiotx

    As a fan of both Swype and Swiftkey, I’m looking forward to trying this.

  • Brandon White

    This is like Swype!

  • I love me some Swiftkey don’t get me wrong, but I wonder how many hundreds of takes it took to produce that video?

    And yeah, an up the skirt shot would have been nice!

    • fixxmyhead

      i said it once and i’ll say it again upskirt videos ftw

  • Matreyu Hermano

    Think I’ll finally purchase Swiftkey

  • Famouz Starz

    ill give it a whirl!

  • T4rd

    Who else was hoping for an upskirt shot at the beginning..? =p

    • YEMan0443

      I use Swype, and love it, but that intro had me switching to SwiftKey…until the camera panned up and didn’t go upskirt… Sticking with Swype.

      • Jonathan Perrine

        Your comments are both bad and you should feel bad. Grow up.

        I don’t mean to knock you too personally, but this is the kind of crap some people don’t appreciate on their gadget blogs. Think about it in the future please.

        • doxymoron

          Get off the internet.

        • cizzlen

          white knightin’

  • That logo looks like a Taylor Swift album cover.

  • Disqus_engadget13

    That’s a long text she is sending… looks cool though

  • JoshGroff

    Swiftkey with a swype style function. Am I dreaming?

    • brando56894

      I know right? I loved Swype but its prediction engine was poor and landscape typing was just awful. I love Swiftkey’s prediction engine so this seems like it’s the best of both worlds.

    • panicswhenubered

      This is awesome. I’ve been on Swype beta for a couple years. The landscape version of it sucks and prediction engine is okay at best. If Swype won’t take my money to create a better keyboard, I will gladly give it to Swiftkey. lol

  • William Ku

    and i’m assuming they are going to charge this as a separate product. both for phones and tablets.

    • JoshGroff

      Hopefully not, for the sake of those who picked swiftkey up at full price, but I wouldn’t mind paying since i did get it for $.10.

    • wickets

      I hope so….i dont want this as part of my keyboard

  • Ed Chan

    Looks nice!

  • Andrew

    This looks great. Can’t wait to try it!