By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 20, 2013 07:40 AM EST
Here's some good news for all those who regularly use SwiftKey as their primary typing app.
Per reports, the all new SwiftKey has finally arrived at the Google Play Store for all those who have been looking forward to an upgraded version of this popular app.
The app is longer a beta, and it now includes the heavily anticipated SwiftKey's take on gesture typing, called Flow. Unlike other gesture-based keyboards in the market, the new SwiftKey, with Flow, allows the user to continuously swipe through entire sentences without ever lifting the finger, and the company calls it Flow Through Space.
"If you've been using any of the beta versions, then you already know what a fantastic feature it is, and now it's finally mature. Not only that, but Flow is part of SwiftKey 4, which is a free upgrade to existing SwiftKey users," Android Police writes.
Moreover, another notable change made to the new version of SwiftKey is that the app inherits the user's dictionary and some other settings from SwiftKey 3 by default. "If you have the Flow beta installed and would like for SK4 to pull its info from that instead, simply uninstall SK3. Likewise, if you'd rather it pull from v3, go ahead and uninstall the Flow beta just to be safe."
As far as pricing is concerned, SwiftKey 4 is a free upgrade for existing users. However, newcomers to the keyboard can get it for a promo price of just $2 (normally $5) for either smartphones or tablets.
Interested users also need to note that if they are not seeing the app on the Play Store right now, they have to remain a bit patient as the app, as expected, will be taking a bit of time to fully reach the store, but it will reach eventually.
Check out the full list of features below:
SwiftKey Flow: World's most accurate gesture input. Write by gliding your finger on the keyboard.
Multimodal - SwiftKey Flow can be mixed with tap input, with switching mid-word.
Mid-word completion: when you see the word you want just lift your finger off and the word will be inserted.
Flow Through Space: Gesture multiple words without lifting a finger, just by sliding your finger down to the space bar between words.
Flow with next-word prediction: when you finish flowing a word, SwiftKey immediately shows you its best guesses for your next word.
Three SwiftKey Flow candidates: tap backspace after completion of a flow to see three potential words.
Easier corrections: Tap anywhere on any word to choose an alternative from SwiftKey's three best guesses, based on the context and on your input.
Better personalization: More thorough learning of your language and typing style - size of personal language profile increased in SwiftKey's real-time prediction engine.
SwiftKey automatically detects writing style - SwiftKey predictions will tend towards completing your word or correcting your mistyping depending on your behavior - no need to select "rapid" or "precise" as in previous versions.
Better predictions: Enhanced language engine, predictions in more text fields (as requested by our users).
60 languages: Now including Albanian, Bosnian, Javanese, Sundanese, Thai, Vietnamese
Improved layouts for Russian and Korean.
Multi-colored ink: The on screen 'ink' that shows progress of a flow uses a multi-layered effect to show the beginning and end of a 'flow'. Ink color complements the keyboard theme selected.
Hold to delete: Long-press the delete key to remove the whole word. Deletion accelerates as you continue to hold. Slide to delete gesture can only be used when SwiftKey Flow is disabled.