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Swiftkey Powers the Samsung Galaxy S4 Keyboard

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If you plan to pick up the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S4 when it launches in April, know that you are in good hands when it comes to the keyboard technology. Swiftkey, one of our favorite Android keyboards of all time, is powering this beast, so your predictive nature will be satisfied.

We should point out that the keyboard may not look like the Swiftkey you have come to love, as Samsung has likely skinned it, but all of the brains are there. Your days of saving taps will continue on.

For those not interested in the GS4, don’t worry, Swiftkey has promised to continue to innovate on the consumer side as well. So Swiftkey 4 or 5 or 6 or whatever is next, will only get better as they have done over the last couple of years.

Via:  Swiftkey

  • Buckoman

    The ONLY thing I can’t stand about swiftkey? No option to change the layout to normal Android layout. I’m hardwired for the stock keyboard layout, and it kinda makes it clumsy to use for me.

    But that neon theme. I can’t stay away.

  • Steve

    Note 2 keyboard is nicer, I want the number row.

  • I still haven’t found a reason to abandon the stock keyboard from Android 4.2.

    • JMonkeYJ

      i’ve tried a couple times and always come back. but i’ll keep trying…i love new keyboards!

  • cruzfl0w

    Samsung’s current keyboard can’t get any worse so any improvement is worth it.

  • overclock

    I love SK but they are so slow and practically never incorporate good suggestions. Basically if they didn’t think of it then it doesn’t need to be included. Why do companies make something only so good but ignore simple suggestions that would make it even better?

  • I find Swype to be more accurate and faster than Swiftkey so this was a downgrade, but luckily, the beauty of Android is you can choose.

  • I’m sorry, because I know everyone here seems to have an enormous boner for it, but Swiftkey is just not that great. tried to use it for extended periods twice and went back to using either Swype or Multiling, depending upon what I’m doing. Swiftkey? Bleh…

    • JoshGroff

      Funny, I felt the same about Swype, but that’s the beauty of Android, choices. Be glad we have the ability to argue about which keyboards we do and don’t like.

    • Agreed, I’ve tried SK numerous times and will continue to give it multiple chances, but I don’t get the hype. Swype’s not perfect, but it’s still the best, followed by Kii Keyboard, then I find it’s a tie between Swiftkey Flow and Stock Android Gesture Typing.

    • JMonkeYJ

      i just used swiftkey again for a month or so, and was mostly enjoying it with a few annoyances. then i went back to stock (4.2.2) keyboard and the stock experience blew me away. using swiftkey made me realize that i actually much prefer stock now. i was surprised by that, and i will continue to try new keyboards, but the stock one just works so well for how i use my mobile keyboard.

  • Austin Warren

    Awesome, can’t wait to sell my Note 2. Screen is killing my eyes on this thing.

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  • Ted

    Actually the Note 2 keyboard also uses the Swiftkey logic. Go ahead and see: Open the Note 2 keyboard settings, open their privacy policy, and you will be redirected to a Swiftkey’s website

    • Dan

      It does, but it’s prediction model pales in comparison to the real thing. Stripped down maybe? It’s main advantage is the constant number row which I keep begging swiftkey to add.

  • Aaa

    Swiftkey lagged out my Tbolt so bad, so I went back to stock.

    • When I had a thunderbolt, SwiftKey keyboard never lagged

    • you can’t count the Tbolt as the reason Swiftkey was bad, the phone was just horrible and I was one of those ppl who got the tbolt to be first lol

    • It’s fine on mine, I think you’re blaming SK for Sense being terrible

  • Bert336

    what if we already bought swift?

    • I assume you could still use it on its own if you want. This would probably have the advantage of getting the latest updates, etc.

      • JoshGroff

        That’s what I do on my Note 2.

  • DJyoSNOW

    Kii is pretty pimp

  • m82a1

    Hate swiftkey

    • Agreed. It sucks and I have no idea why everyone here raves about it.

    • She_Beast

      Well, that was a productive addition to the comments.

  • Troy Myers

    Nice to see Samsung addressed what was easily the worst feature if touchwiz on the s3

  • Tweekex

    I love Swiftkey, I couldn’t go back to stock.

    • zurginator

      I used to use SK exclusively, and then 4.0 happened and the stock keyboard stopped sucking. I stuck with Swype though, because Swype. Then stock took that and made me go back to stock. Now SK has a swipe system but it’s horribly laggy when starting up, and since I change between swiping and tapping depending on the word, It just isn’t usable for me anymore.

      • MikeCiggy

        I think swype is better than switfkey flow but always sideloading the beta got tiring. Is swype even in the play store?

        • zurginator

          I don’t think so. Also Swype is ugly (or was, last I used it).

        • Dask0341

          No it is not however, the days of sideloading are over. You do have to start that way but then it updates itself over the air. I still love swype and I find it much easier to use than SK. That being said, I really like the stock JB keyboard as well.

      • Tweekex

        True, the stock Android keyboard isn’t bad. When I said stock, I meant the stock GS3 keyboard, which is almost unusable.

      • Dan

        swype was good until they went dragon, which just plain sucks.

    • ZELDA!!!!

      • Tweekex


    • BulletTooth_Tony

      I just can’t stand the “.com” split in the spacebar when in browsers… I’m a right thumb spacebar user… and I .com just about every word I type when doing searches.

      • Tweekex

        I completely agree with this ^ .It’s annoying.

      • She_Beast

        You’d think they’d put in an option to disable that. Maybe put “.com” as a long press right above the spacebar or something, but only when you are in a URL bar.

  • They also did the one for note 2.

  • JoshGroff

    Well, that’s cool.