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Swiftkey Flow Beta Invites Near, Time to Get Ready

Swiftkey Flow, a new gesture-inspired typing experience, will go into beta testing very soon. The Swiftkey team sent out reminder emails moments ago, telling you to get ready for the invite to test their “best keyboard yet.” As long as you are a part of their VIP forums and have “feedback@swiftkey.net” in your contacts to prevent it from going into spam, you should have received this email, but should also be in line to receive an invite to the beta as soon as it’s released.

First teased back in October as the newest upgrade to the one of the better Android keyboards on the planet, we couldn’t help but get excited over the thought of Swiftkey getting even better. The technology is already built into the Galaxy Note 2 (well, sort of), something we’ll show you in a moment. Until then, check out the promo video below to get a feel for the new keyboard. 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rapeed.else Rapeed Else

    Worried about emails, that is wat this product is all about, check this product which is completely tested and maintained unlike Swiftkey. Its called Adaptxt

    Download it now from play store

  • dawn m. armfield

    I don’t like Swype (I tried it for several months and switched to Swiftkey because it works for my style better), so I hope this is an option I can turn off when it comes out of beta.

  • Prime7

    Having recently switched from Swype to Android 4.2 Keyboard, I can say right now that the latter is missing a few key features that I hope SwiftKey Flow can include:

    1. On Swype, drawing a loop on a letter gives you a double letter; with Android 4.2 Keyboard, you have to just hope the prediction algorithm gets the word you want (it usually does, but it’s still more hassle than necessary).

    2. On Swype, if you draw straight up through the keyboard, it will capitalize the letter you were on; this feature is completely missing on 4.2.
    3. On Swype, you can add a space by drawing from a punctuation to the space bar; this is missing on 4.2.

    It would also be nice to have a dedicated key for comma, which is a very common punctuation. On 4.2, you can get it by long-pressing the period key, but that’s an extra step.

    That said, I still prefer the 4.2 keyboard over Swype for its general smoothness and better predictions. It’s also way the hell better for regular, touch typing, where Swype is almost unusable.

  • AranelAlasse

    I know this is silly, but: the colors of the word “flow” are so pretty! (p.s. I’m a girl.) If the finger trace comes in the multi-color like that, then I’ll love it so much more than swype and the android 4.2 keyboards, just because of that. lol

  • Trey Mitchell

    Might try this but I still like my touchpal keyboard.

  • http://rpad.tv/ RPadTV

    I was a longtime Swype user before the latest version of Android. I was also looking forward to the new SwiftKey before the release for 4.2. I’m very happy with the new, native gesture-based keyboard and predictive text. The native option is always better than having a third-party add-on, so I I’ll give SwiftKey Flow a shot, but doubt I’ll keep it.

  • http://twitter.com/DCBenson7 David Benson

    I use the swipe way of typing on the 4.2.1 Nexus 10 keyboard and it is amazing. Much better than the Swype that I have on my Droid 3.

  • Dr_Buttballs

    Nice video. Could of done without the Dubstep as background music though.

  • Matreyu Hermano

    C’mon man! I JUST purchased this last week on the black friday Play sale. Will this be a free update, or a separate purchase?

    • Abe Lincoln

      SwiftKey traditionally just updates the app for free and the fact that the email says “Swiftkey with Swiftkey Flow” makes me think it will be an added feature, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens…

  • TheWenger

    I got the email and all I had to do was sign up at the web site.
    Maybe I’m a VIP and I didn’t know it.

  • Bigwavedave25

    The new swiping feature of the 4.2 keyboard was the only thing that pulled me away form SwiftKey. I jump back occasionally when I need to type out a really long message, but instantly miss the ease the 4.2 swipeboard has… I start thinking “Aw man, I have to pack each key now! ahhh” been spoiled.

    I cannot wait for this to drop!

  • http://twitter.com/iNateG Nate

    This email is a tease. I saw it and thought the beta was out.

  • HuskerHog

    As a long time Swype user, this looks promising. I like the predictive phrasing.

  • 10yck

    Just got my invite for when it is released.

  • jbegs

    Got the email and can’t wait to try this. I’m using Swype Beta and am very happy with it so far.

  • Dustin Beare

    I want this.

  • http://twitter.com/_GotHeeem Eric Witts

    4.2 “gesture” keyboard needs work
    Swype was decent
    And I LOVE SwiftKey… excited for this

  • http://twitter.com/Littlehorsie ZombieDroid

    Verizon Note 2 comes with swiftkey flow

  • j__h

    I really do not need nor want an email telling me to get ready for another email…

    • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

      i thought it was a way of reaching out to people who are obviously interested in their app and asking them to vote for them in the techcrunch.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

        This is how it felt to me too.

    • http://twitter.com/nklenchik Nick Klenchik

      Literally lol’d

    • Jeffrey Tarman

      I’m sure they’ll send us another email soon to say it’s almost here; then another 2 months will get the link for the beta. Then the next day and link to the play store to pay for it again

  • John

    Wonder how long it’ll take for their server(s) to go down this time around. Love/use their keyboard but they always get annihilated when releasing a beta vers of anything.

  • John B

    Why do I need this with the 4.2 AOSP keyboard?

    • John

      Themes, Personalization, better prediction(imo), more options

    • summit1986

      Much better predictions in SK than the AOSP.

    • r0lct

      Agreed, the 4.2 works great and for me and especially like not losing the button for Google’s voice typing. I dropped FlexT9 which I loved for it.

    • kretz7

      I use swype and I gave AOSP a change for a few days. I switched back because once you get used to multi-key features it’s frustrating to have to go to a separate window for something you could easily enter by long pressing a key. Also, I agree with @summit1986:disqus on AOSP lacking good predictions.

    • sk3litor

      I agree. I rarely have to enter more than 4 letters per word. I used to not like swipe keyboards but was very impressed with aosp’s keyboard. But you never know, I’ll have to give it a try and see.

  • JoshGroff

    To think I just finished reading this email, weird.

    • http://twitter.com/BigDaddyBesbris Ethan Besbris

      Same. Lol.

    • brando56894

      After reading this, I looked down at my phone and there the email was lol