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Video: SwiftKey Tilt Isn’t Just an April Fools Joke, It’s Real


While rounding up today’s best April Fools’ stories, many came across SwiftKey Tilt, where users can tilt their device to type out sentences. It was taken as a joke since in their promo video you see a lady on a unicycle typing, a whole office of people doing some type of Harlem Shake, but it appears as if this is no joke. 

Inside SwiftKey, there is indeed the option to turn on the Tilt feature. Surprise! So, go ahead and check out our brief hands-on with it and Kellen trying to use it.

  • Alaska Fishing Lodges

    i will try this to my mobile phone .

    Alaska Fishing Lodges

  • Hawaii Fishing

    That a way SwiftKey. I still can’t do that any ways this awesome.

    Hawaii Fishing

  • Hawaii Fishing

    That a way SwiftKey. I still can’t do that any ways this awesome.

  • AranelAlasse

    Swiftkey should increase the resistance to motion (i.e. treat a 1 degree tilt as only a .5 degree tilt or something). Then it would require more motion to move the ball, and you’d have more time to control which way it goes.

    Sadly, I couldn’t find the easter egg on my device/version. but it sounds fun to play with. 🙂

  • Marilyn M. Augustine

    I still can’t do that any ways this awesome.

    Alaska Salmon Fishing

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  • yummy

    The more comments I read, the
    scareder I get. I just don’t know
    what I want to tell myself to believe

  • Tilted

    @Kellen What version is that your running ? Mine doesn’t have it. The only option I get is to remove the word “TILT” I am on version and no dice

  • talleric

    Why would this video be posted as flash, on an Android site, when newer Android devices don’t support flash?

    • because its youtube and any device made after 2008 can play youtube natively

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      All Android devices running Android 2.2 or above can run flash. You just need to sideload the right apk. Regardless, you don’t need flash to watch this video. It runs just fine on Chrome (it automatically opens the YouTube app).

    • Speedracer98

      youtube uses html5

  • Trevor

    It would be funny if your predictions just kept typing out “I love Apple” over and over again. It’d be like everything we know is a lie. Droid-Life would no longer be credible, and I’m pretty sure our sun would explode, and we’d all die.

  • vitriolix

    so… how the hell do I turn this off????

    • Hit the back button that retracts the keyboard and reopen the keyboard.

  • alien_x

    Actually it types only when ball touches upper edge. Also most important point is that it types a prefixed story. Try holding it such that it bounces near upper right or left corner, and you will see it typing a already fed story.

  • rslh

    Made me dizzy just watching the ball rolling around in the video. Oy.

    Originally, I thought the functionality was by tilting the keyboard a certain position, it would turn the mic on or something snazzy.

  • Pedro

    Wasn’t it last year that Swiftkey brought us the Spacebar keyboard?

  • We now know what words Kellen types the most

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Sweet. I just tried it out. It’s kinda like the game Brickball (I think it’s called?) with the bricks being the suggestions.

    • Guest

      You mean BrickBreaker?

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        Yes! That’s it.

  • Terius

    It should type out the lyrics to “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

  • Joe

    If it’s real then it doesn’t seem very useful.

    • Pedro

      Uhm, it’s not real.
      Or, it’s not real as in a real product.

      • Q Tip

        It’s real. It’s horrible to try to use, but it’s real.

  • You must type “Samsung” a lot 🙂

  • Joey

    That a way SwiftKey. Love me some Easter eggs.

  • Joey

    Best Day Evar!!

  • T4rd

    Looks like the perfect solution to text while driving!

    • XphoneTroll

      Oh no its still a bad solution while driving!

    • Austin Warren

      We need a car integrated keyboard. Swirve to type.

      • T4rd

        I’m just going to dash mount my phone and try to type with it later on my way home. Wish me luck! (I’m a bus driver, btw)

        • TheFirstUniverseKing

          Awesome! Let me know if you guys survive! 🙂

        • SKG

          tomorrow’s headlines:
          “Bus driver kills 40 people while swerving irrationally in order to text a message”

      • michael arazan

        just use Voice to text, one button tap and talk