Our fine friends at Swiftkey notified us yesterday that their Swiftkey X keyboard had an update available in the market. Included was this Pumpkin-inspired look to make your Halloween adventures this weekend that much more complete. They also threw in some bug fixes and new keyboard layouts. A fine update to one of the best Android keyboards you will ever use.
Our inboxes and Twitter timeline indicate that a bunch of you were not aware that the DROIDX keyboard fixer had started rolling out already. In case you missed it though, build 4.5.605 became available to most handsets last Wednesday and really has just one purpose – to stop your keyboard from acting all crazy on its own.
To pull it if you haven’t already: Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates.
The tablet and phone versions of Swiftkey beta received sizable updates today, bringing them to version 18.104.22.168. If you are a part of the program, then as always, we suggest you jump on over to the forums and pick up these newest builds. The Swiftkey team has added an autocaps toggle, more personalizations, easier language switching, more stats about how you type, and this really cool heatmap of your keyboard use.
There were also bug fixes and some improvements made, but this is the list of the new toys:
- Autocaps toggle – now choose whether your sentences begin with a capital letter or not
- Better personalization – SwiftKey can now learn your typing style from your blog
- Language switching – easy transitions between (e.g.) English and Russian keyboards, just slide the spacebar
- More stats about how you type with SwiftKey – and more links to share them
- My typing heatmap – cool visualization shows how you use your keyboard
There are so many keyboards these days that it has almost become a chore to keep up with them. I seem to find myself switching on a weekly basis, falling in love for a couple of days with one, and then reverting back to or finding a new option shortly after. My current active keyboard of choice is GO Keyboard, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have the itch to jump back to FlexT9 or Swiftkey X. A lot of these keyboards are just so good in their own right, however, I can never decide which is my go to. What about you? Favorite keyboard right now is…? Or better yet, which keyboard can you not live without?
The original DROIDX Gingerbread update brought with it a massive list of bugs that were eventually fixed – well, except one. The keyboard remained a problem even after a couple of updates were pushed out by Moto and Verizon. That bug will go away though, over the next couple of weeks when the latest 113MB fixer is made available. Not sure why a keyboard fix takes 113MB (maybe to fix the current root method?), but that’s what we have here.
Update: Some folks over at RootzWiki pulled this .605 file a couple of days ago. There has been some discussion around the phone actually being more buggy after loading it.
Update 2: Hearing now that the update will start to roll out on the 19th.