SwiftKey Flow Outs New Improved Beta

Posted on Jan 28 2013 - 6:06pm by Chad Buenaflor

One of the advantages of using Android smartphones is that there is a wide range of customizations you can do to personalize it. One such customization that you can do is replacing the default Android stock keyboard with something that is more convenient to use. This is where SwiftKey Flow comes in.

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SwiftKey Flow is an aftermarket keyboard alternative that is out to rival the other popular keyboard app Swype. The app was first introduced last October and lets you type easily by just gliding your fingers over a sequence of letters. Even if you pass other letters the word prediction that the app uses will figure out what you are typing in.

A new beta version of the app is now released that brings in tons of improvements that come from user feedback. This new beta version is in preparation for the upcoming official release of the app. If you want to try this app out you won’t be getting it at Google Play yet instead you have to go to the developer’s app and download the APK file and install it manually on your device.

Here’s the changelog of the new SwiftKey Flow beta (Update 28th January 2013)

  • Predictions (and Flow) now on in most places (exceptions: email fields, passwords, anywhere where the app doesn’t behave itself with SwiftKey, fields offering their own corrections on Android versions <= 2.2)
  • Easier corrections – just tap on the word and SwiftKey will offer you 3 possibilities
  • New languages: Thai, Vietnamese, Bosnian, Albanian, Javan, Sundanese (plus those added in 3.1)
  • Features from SwiftKey 3.1: Berry theme, split layout in landscape on phones, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Hindi, Hinglish, Irish, Macedonian, Spanish (Latin America) and Tagalog
  • New layouts for Hindi and Russian
  • Ukrainian landscape layout fixed
  • Backspacing on to the final word of a multi word prediction (Flow through space)  will now give better alternatives
  • Typing style now inferred rather than a setting
  • Long press delete accelerates after the first word

Bugs Fixed

  • Flowing off shift no longer triggers a change in shift state
  • Flow no longer gets stuck when you flow off the bottom of a page
  • Quick period working after single letter words
  • Arrow key repeats
  • Learning when sending messages or tabbing between fields with the enter key fixed
  • Azeri capital i behaviour corrected
  • Estonian will now predict words containing ö
  • Fixed force close on Beta predictions
  • Flow trace no longer left behind after flowing
  • Mounting an SD card will turn predictions off only if SwiftKey language packs are stored on that SD card
  • Keyclick sounds no longer doubled
  • Haptic duration made consistent with flow on and off

Known Issues

  • Places you still cannot Flow: email fields, passwords, anywhere where the app doesn’t behave itself with SwiftKey, fields offering their own corrections on Android versions <= 2.2
  • Selecting and deleting a chunk of text in Samsung email client on SIII and Note 2 deletes text before the cursor as well as after
  • Slight jitteriness when toggling between Hindi and Thai primary and secondary layouts
  • Turkish i still does not capitalise correctly
  • Long pressing SwiftKey mic in Google Now causes the keyboard to disappear
  • Occasional surprising capitalisations of flowed words
  • Flowing through space often fails after relatively unusual words
  • If you experience high memory usage after installing, this may be fixed by rebooting your phone

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Chad Buenaflor is a tech writer, gadget reviewer and blogger. In his free time he likes to watch movies, listen to music and play chess.

  • billy

    Will this work on a HTC wildfire s ? If so is there a video showing how to install this app??