SwiftKey Flow

The folks over at SwiftKey have released the latest version of their SwiftKey Flow beta, which brings a number of bug fixes and behavioural annoyances. They’ve added a pretty new installer as well as an introduction to the Flow method of typing.

You can grab the latest beta apk for your phone or tablet from the SwiftKey blog.

The full changelog is as follows:

Changes in this version:

  • Fixed crash on changing keyboards
  • Fixed force close on clicking update language
  • Fixed other crashes
  • Resolved majority of non-English punctuation problems
  • New look installer to match SwiftKey Flow colors and include an introduction to SwiftKey Flow
  • Added Turkish layout
  • Chrome Beta should now behave like Chrome
  • Snap and tap (correction of words) now compatible with Vietnamese
  • Memory usage of settings app reduced
  • Improved handling of non-zero length selection in Chrome and Samsung mail client
  • Fixed jumping cursor in ExDialler and Samsung calculator
  • Microphone key disabled in fields that don’t support voice input
  • Fix for keyboard disappearing when phone build installed on tablet sized devices
  • Disabled predictions in Kingsoft Office and UC browser to make SK usable in them
  • Double space for period turned off by default to prevent accidental period insertion when flowing
  • Replaced ‘learnt’ with ‘learned’ in personalization page (US English)
  • Turned off slide down from candidate bar to close keyboard when flow is on (to be consistent with the description in the Settings menu)

Known Issues:

  • Crashes when looking at the heatmap if you visit immediately after using the alternative symbols layout
  • Comma key on Arabic keyboard inserts western comma
  • Predictions sometimes blank when switching between languages
  • Flowing words sometimes results in surprising capitalizations
  • “No SD card” ribbon looks bad on low end devices
Source: SwiftKey blog.
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    Almost French

    The previous version didn’t work in some cases like in search engines, dictionaries… and even in other language.
    The Android 4.1.2 update for Galaxy S3 provides improved keyboard which works better than Swiftkey Flow (in my opinion).

    Graham Bae

    Yeah, that was pretty annoying. I haven’t had a chance to test out the new beta extensively but I know they’re working on getting Flow enabled in more text fields.

    It’s a beta so it’s only naturally that there’ll be some kinks, but it’s definitely improving consistently.

    David Rose

    Be even better if they fixed all the bugs in the normal swiftkey getting so anored at the crashes all the time have gone back to stock samsung keyboard

    Graham Bae

    I’m willing to keep testing the beta and giving them a chance to get things right.

    The SwiftKey devs work incredibly hard and do fairly well when it comes to listening to customer feedback.