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

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.  (more…)

Google Keyboard Update Brings Back the Blue Color Scheme in Theme Changer

Haters of white, Kit Kat themed keyboards, the blue is back. In an update to the official Google Keyboard, a theme switcher has been introduced that will take you from 4.4-white to Jelly Bean-blue in a matter of taps. There are also some bug fixes tossed into this update, but the big deal here is the color battle. Seriously, that’s all there is to it.

The update is rolling out now, though potentially as a staged rollout, so the .apk file can be had below.  (more…)

Swype Update Introduces New Keyboard Layouts and Adjustments, New Theme, and More

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Swype, one of the pioneers in the gesture typing arena for Android, introduced their latest update this morning along with a handful of new features. Users of Swype can now decide how big, small, wide or tall they would like their keyboard to be (split layouts included for landscape or tablets), change to the new Blackbird theme, type in two languages thanks to bilingual support, or use continuous dictation to see words and phrases appear on their screen as they speak.

It’s a major update for one the oldies-but-goodies in the keyboard game. If you are still using Swype, be sure to give it a shot.  (more…)

Swiftkey 4.3 Beta Arrives – Merges Tablet and Phone Keyboards, Lets You Resize and Move Keyboard as You See Fit

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This morning, Swiftkey introduced version 4.3 beta of its popular Android keyboard. This latest build is significant because it builds on Swiftkey cloud by finally merging the Swiftkey tablet and phone keyboards into one app, while also providing users with the power to resize and move keyboard layouts anywhere on a device. As you can imagine on a big screen, this feature could come in handy quite often.  (more…)

SwiftKey Updated to Version 4.2.1, Just a Bug Crusher Build

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SwiftKey was updated to version 4.2 not too long ago, bringing a ton of new features for third party keyboard lovers. As you would imagine with a major update release, there were plenty of bugs inside, but thanks to SwiftKey’s awesome community of users, the development team was able to track most of them down and squash them in the newest 4.2.1 release. The update is now available as a free update through Google Play, or you can still go check out the keyboard for $3.99.  (more…)

Google Keyboard Updated, Brings Long-Press Numbers for Tablet Users and More

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Today, Google is sending out an update to the official Google Keyboard application, full of a few new bugfixes and added little features for tablet users. Listed in the changelog is “tuned keyboard layouts” when using some languages, as well as long-press numbers along the top row of tablet layouts.

Nothing major, but it’s an update, which we know you all love. Also, you might see that inside of Google Play there are no buttons to “update” or “uninstall” currently. We don’t know why that is, but Google must be messing around with something inside of the app.  (more…)

Minuum Keyboard Receives Update to V1.1 – Includes Full Keyboard, Voice Typing, and More

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Minuum, the keyboard in a single dimension, received its first major update this morning since its first beta build arrived to backers of its Indiegogo campaign. We were admittedly not all that excited about this radical change in keyboard thinking, but updates that add missing functionality are always a step towards change for the better. This update appears to do just that.  (more…)