I woke up this morning to a surprisingly lovely email from Swiftkey about a new feature that they are testing in an alpha version of their X keyboard. Multi-touch anyone? As someone that hammers away on his on-screen keyboard at a rapid rate, being able to touch the screen with both fingers at the same time and still produce results is beyond needed. And as one of my favorite keyboards of all time because it always seems a step ahead my sometimes slow moving Pacific coast time brain, this new feature is going to be incredibly huge once they get all of the bugs worked out.
Over the next few days, we would greatly appreciate your participation in Alpha testing our latest update to multi-touch functionality. This version is an Alpha, so we would advise against using it as your primary SwiftKey keyboard. However, your feedback will assist us in refining the SwiftKey experience for the betterment of all of our users. We’d appreciate if you could take some time to give this Alpha a thorough test.
We have made improvements for rapid typists. We now properly support multi-touch so you shouldn’t get accidentally repeated letters or accidentally missed letters when typing at speed with more than one finger. If you could try this out and in particular look out for issues with long-press keys, alternative character selection or keys where the highlighting gets stuck. We are particularly interested in results from tablet users touch typing as well as phone users with two thumbs. When reporting if you could be as descriptive as possible about exactly what you do to create the problem otherwise it will be very hard for us to fix it.
So this “alpha” is only for members of their VIP program which means that not everyone will get to test it. If you are a part of Swiftkey’s testing program though, you will want to check your email or at least jump into their forums to get the file. It will be up for two weeks – go get your testing on.
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.
Not sure what the deal is, but I had like 12 apps asking to be updated this afternoon. Flash Player 11 received some security fixes, Tumblr fixed bugs and added new post screens, Foursquare changed icons, Swiftkey X improved, and Evernote made it easier to go “Premium.” Nothing major from most of these, but you may want to cruise into your market if you haven’t been notified yet and see if anything has a new version. I guess Friday is now a prime time to update your apps before the weekend.
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
Swiftkey: Phone | Tablet
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?
Monday is international Talk Like a Pirate Day, and Swiftkey wants to help facilitate that by giving you a special edition Pirate-talking keyboard. It works just like their normal predictive text staple, but it suggests pirate lingo along the way. As you can see from the screenies above, they held nothing back and even themed the app to be pirate-esque. It’s silly sure, but fun.
Oh, they also launched a new VIP forum and are thinking about doing other fun keyboards like this in the future.
If you are a Swiftkey member, you can grab the file from this thread.
We have plenty of people here who love them some SwiftKey. It is one of the top alternative keyboard choices for Android alongside Swype and FlextT9. SwiftKey has just announced that they have saved users a combined 10 billion keystrokes thanks to their word-predicting engine. And to celebrate, are giving away tablets, launches of trial applications, and support for six new languages.
If you want to get in on the fun, and happen to be a SwiftKey user, then follow these easy instructions to enter yourself in to win a Vizio tablet.
To enter the drawing, SwiftKey users are being asked to tweet how many keystrokes they have saved – a stat available in their app’s settings – along with the hashtag #SKX10bn. And for Android users yet to try SwiftKey, the company has just launched two new free trial apps, so users can give the award-winning technology a shot and then submit their tweet. One winner will then be randomly chosen and contacted via direct message at the end of each day.
If you choose to enter, then good luck to you. I would love for people to put down in the comment section how many keystrokes they have saved. Are Droid Life readers anywhere near at least a billion?
Via: SwiftKey, SwiftKey Twitter
Everyone here definitely has their own opinions on what their favorite keyboard is. Whether it be Swype, FlexT9, Swiftkey, etc, each one of those has their certain niche which works for individual people. Well, TouchPal thinks you’re all wrong, but it isn’t entirely your fault. You just don’t know about their awesome new input system yet. (more…)