By Prarthito Maity | Dec 07, 2012 10:14 PM EST
SwiftKey, the award-winning keyboard app for smartphones and tablets, has been in news for quite some time now and the company has been teasing the upcoming arrival of its new SwiftKey Flow beta. Now, per reports, the SwiftKey Flow public beta is finally live.
SwiftKey Flow, basically, is a mash-up of SwiftKey and Swype. The new app combines SwiftKey’s predictive engine with a special kind of speedy text-entry that comes with the Swype. However, SwiftKey Flow’s real advantage is that it offers users predictions in real time and, therefore, users don’t always need to complete a full gesture in order to enter a word.
“SwiftKey Flow is so much more than another gesture input keyboard. It redefines touchscreen typing with a series of incredible innovations,” the official SwiftKey page states. “Most notably, SwiftKey Flow lets you write an entire sentence without letting go of the screen. All you need to do is pass your finger over the space bar between each word that you trace out. Let SwiftKey Flow do the rest, and you’ll see the words you want magically appear on the screen. We call this ‘Flow Through Space’.”
Nonetheless, since this is a beta version of the app, SwiftKey is hoping that testers will help contribute feedback in the hopes of working out any glitches and getting the keyboard working as well as possible.
“So as many of you can try the SwiftKey Flow beta as possible, we’ve made it so that all you need to is download the following APK(s) and install them on your devices. But please do remember to come back to our VIP community and give us feedback; we rely on this to refine the beta and make Flow as awesome as possible,” the page adds.
SwiftKey Flow was in the news previously as well when a comparison was made between the SwiftKey that comes with the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the then upcoming Flow beta.
At that time, Pocketnow stated: “It’s similar, sure, but there’s one big difference: the Note II version doesn’t make its predictions until you complete your swipe, while the beta features real-time prediction.”
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