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Swiftkey Gets Festive, Introduces Holiday “Ice” Theme With Falling Snowflakes During Flow

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Swiftkey introduced us to a new beta last week that included two highly requested features: over 500 emoji and an optional number key. Today, they are taking care of their paid fans through Google Play by pushing out update v4.4. In v4.4, the highlight is a new “Ice” theme that arrives just in time for the holidays. When active, the theme will create a snowstorm as your Flow through words or simply drop a snowflake as you thumb tap away. So merry. 

They also fixed a bunch of bugs:

  • Fixed a bug with punctuation where the symbols weren’t inserted in some situations
  • Improved performance while switching fields or after sending messages in some apps
  • Fixed several instances of Force Closes in the app
  • Fixed last column of the keyboard being cut on smileys layout
  • Fixed a bug in Hangouts for the keyboard not inserting text after an emoticon
  • Fixed a bug in the installer summary screen where if you tap themes twice in quick successions, it opened two instances of the Settings
  • Keyboard doesn’t hide the field when signing into Cloud anymore
  • Not showing notifications on Cloud screen during installation anymore

And last, the beta has an update as well that includes this new keyboard theme, plus you’ll also have to be on the lookout for a hidden X-mas Easter Egg in there somewhere.

Play Link | Beta Download

Via:  Swiftkey
  • Ralph Basile

    Fun. Probably will take about 1 day to get annoying.
    I wish they would fix the KitKat bug with defaulting back to the Google keyboard every time there is an update.

  • Alex Habba

    Where is the easter egg????????

    • michael hill

      I am waiting to find out.

    • Joshua Sotnick

      type “hohoho” and long press the prediction

  • Stevennnnnnnnn

    Why can’t they release pinyin input already..

  • Dan

    I like it, especially like how the snow piles up at the bottom. I’ll rock it a while, then back to pumpkin for me :)

    Oh, and loving the number row on beta!

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    SwiftKey’s design is the only thing holding it back from being the most perfect Android keyboard currently available.

  • Pratik Holla

    They should make themes that mimic good deisgn. Not the colorful garbage they keep throwing at us and nudging us to use them. :/
    Wish they could make a theme that mimics the IOS 7 keyboard, the AOSP keyboard and the windows phone 8 keyboard. Those actually look nice.

    Slapping a new color on a white keyboard does not make it a good one.

    • Dan

      the ios keyboard is f-ing awful.

      • Pratik Holla

        The deisgn or the functionality? I like the design. The fucntionality though is indeed awful

  • Billy Noyes

    Looks like a pretty awesome little theme.

  • Chippah

    Top Number row and better looking themes or GTFO…

    • Dan

      hit the link for the beta it has the number row. And the themes are fine, just pick one.

  • Sweet!

    Loving the new theme. Merry Christmas everyone :-)

  • Jpx

    How about they focus on making a real minimalistic theme. Their design isn’t that bad, but even when comparing it to the standard google keyboard their is a lot to be desired

  • AndrewScottRox

    U-G-L-Y it ain’t got no alibi it’s ugly…yeah yeah…it’s ugly.

  • 918273645ams

    Personally I have never used swiftkey because I find all of their themes so ugly compared to the rest of stock android. This theme surely did not change my mind.

    • Detonation

      The holo theme is pretty close to stock, otherwise I agree that all the other themes are ugly. But hey, there’s that whole market segment of teen girls and soccer moms that just eat this kind of stuff up.

  • EdubE24

    Damn people calm down, it was a nice try for the holidays!!

  • mustbepbs

    Augh, puke.

  • AndySamberg

    Happy Birthday to the GROUND!

  • jbdan

    I really like their keyboard but it really lacks minimalist clean themes. The ice theme is a mess I can’t even see the keyboard when flowing….. Nice idea, not pulled off nicely.

    • Mr E

      I’d have to agree. I keep going back to the Holo or Neon themes, but I’m not sure either is perfect. I often wonder if it would be so hard to have custom themes where you can just pick [solid] colors for the background, outlines, and letters.

      • jbdan

        Would love that!

      • DisGuy

        I personally like Pitch. It’s just black and white but it’s fairly clean.

  • Mark2134

    It’s actually pretty cool….

  • viewthis66

    good grief that’s ugly…

    • EvanTheGamer

      We heard you the first time, Mr. Grinch.

      Damn trolls.

      • viewthis66

        i actually typed this up because my first comment didn’t seem to take. i see that it’s back so i can delete this one.

        btw watch your tongue boy. i do not troll.

      • Kevin

        Who’s the real Mr. Grinch right here?

  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

    Looks like a theme I would have put on my OG DROID back in the diz-zay.

  • viewthis66

    damn that’s ugly as hell…

    • EvanTheGamer

      Okay Mr. Grinch.

  • chris kilps

    Man, that keyboard looks like gingerbread.

  • MichaelFranz

    Still not auto awesome snow …

    now where is my kit-kat for my droid maxx!!