Users of Swiftkey noticed some odd behavior from the popular keyboard this week, behavior that resulted in “unfamiliar” terms, and in some cases email addresses, showing as predictions. In a short blog post released this morning, Swiftkey acknowledged the problems while stating that they do not believe any of this is the result of a security issue. For the time being, though, they will be turning off cloud syncing.
It’s tough to tell the cause for Swiftkey’s behavior and the company even noted that the “vast majority” of users were not at all affected. With that said, they are asking that you email [email protected] if you are seeing odd predictions as you type. (more…)
Exiting the existing beta channel, Chrooma Keyboard for the public was updated to version 3.0 this morning, bringing hefty changes to the already incredible 3rd-party keyboard app. Inside of version 3.0, the Chrooma team has implemented what appears to be all of the major changes that arrived for Google Keyboard 5.0. These changes include dragging on the space bar to move the cursor, as well as swiping on the space bar to enable a one-hand operation mode.
On top of the Google Keyboard feature forks, Chrooma also added in its own ingredients, such as an improved Action Row, Google Now integration for built-in search, and two new keyboard styles with key boarders. (more…)
The SwiftKey beta application is receiving an update today, bringing with it a new Clipboard feature for users. When using, the Clipboard will allow users to maintain, albeit for a limited amount of time, a list of text that is copied (or cut) on Android. Items that are copied or cut will remain on the list for an hour, granting quick access to the information you copied via SwiftKey Hub. (more…)
“I can’t help but think this feels a lot like the silent abandonment that comes with a company being acquired.”
That was the statement I left you with last week when we talked about the sudden silence of Fleksy as rumors swirled of them abandoning the app. From their dead support site to the lack of updates and general quietness on previously active social media accounts, it made sense that Fleksy was about to be (or had been) acquired by someone. Today, Fleksy announced that they have indeed been acquired and the company who has done so is Pinterest. (more…)
Chrooma Keyboard, the Google Keyboard-esque color-switching that has become a favorite around these parts, now has a beta available that will let you test v3.0 of the app. This isn’t just a bug-fixer either. No, v3.0 of Chrooma is packed full of new goodness for you to play with, assuming you are down to help the developer work through some bugs on the way to stable.
In this 3.0 update, Chrooma has improved text suggestion, prediction, and gestures swiping. You’ll find new settings, an emoji page restyling, new emoji too, and bug fixes as well. As for what’s new, well, strap in for a minute here. (more…)
Over the weekend, a reddit thread suggesting that popular keyboard app, Fleksy, had been abandoned, really picked up steam and caused a number of its users to worry about future support.
The thread pointed out that the app hadn’t received an update in almost two months, even though it previously seemed to receive them every couple of weeks. The keyboard’s social media accounts have also all basically gone silent since early March, plus some of the changes that were introduced in the last big update are head-scratchers (like the removal of cloud syncing and all premium features going free). Oh, and the support site is 100% offline. (more…)
Since there is no shortage of options for keyboard apps on Google Play, it seems that no matter who I talk to, everyone is using something different. For me, the standard Google Keyboard works great. I especially love the custom photos I can use to theme it. More importantly, though, the swipe functionality on Google Keyboard seems very accurate more times than not, which saves me time during typing and also allows me to use one hand.
Other people, known as peckers, prefer to type each individual letter in a word. These people don’t care about saving time and would much rather watch the whole world go up in flames than to swipe out words on their keyboard. Don’t worry, only kidding. Peckers would argue that swiping words out is not as accurate as they would like, plus with auto-correct becoming better over the years, the words that they peck out are usually spot on which saves them time from redoing a swipe.
Different strokes for different folks.
So, are you a keyboard swiper or pecker?
Buried inside the the new Android N Developer Preview 3 is the new Google Keyboard 5.1, a slight bump in version number from the recent v5.0 that rolled out a few weeks back. We weren’t exactly expecting a bunch of new features this soon after the big 5.0 push, but one in particular should bring customizers some joy – themes and custom keyboards! (more…)