Swiftkey’s predictive typing feature is unmatched. There are remarkably few third party keyboards on the market that offer such a rich array of features and precision options. Swiftkey scans your personal blog, emails, Facebook posts and Twitter content to learn what words are included in your vocabulary and what you say most. Then it delivers those words, and that content right up front when predicting your SMS speak.
The app helps reduce typos when you’re producing content on a touchscreen device, and it even offers much smarter word suggestions based on the way you write. For example, instead of seeing the same stupid suggestions that have nothing to do with what you’re typing, Swiftkey prioritizes word suggestions based on how you chat and what’s around the word in question. Essentially, it takes into account the other content in the message, as well.
Unfortunately, Swiftkey uses a more traditional typing system and does not natively support gestures or uninvolved typing a la Swype. That means you have to pluck away at letters while typing, in a more traditional style. This can be problematic, especially at times when you’re forced to type with one hand. This has been overcome in most modern devices thanks to a gesture support feature, provided by Swype. Android even supports gesture typing natively, thanks to the 4.2 Jelly Bean update.
Swiftkey, however, still uses old school typing methods.
Pretty soon all of that will change, and Swiftkey will have a new gesture typing function called Flow. Swiftkey Flow will operate just like any other keyboard that supports gesture typing, except that it will be complimented by Swiftkey’s renowned prediction features.
Before Flow releases to everyone, it has to go through a public Beta so that the developers can iron out any significant issues with it. Verizon Galaxy Note 2 users already have a version of Swiftkey Flow preinstalled on their phablet. Everyone else will just have to wait until after the Beta, that is if you don’t want to participate.
If you want to be a part of the Swiftkey Flow Beta, you have to join the VIP program and then opt-in. After doing so, you’ll have to wait for an invite to the Beta to appear in your email inbox. It goes without saying, you'll also need a valid and up-to-date copy of Swiftkey installed on your Android device of choice.
Once you’re all signed up, you’ll get an email that looks just like this:
Thank you for registering your interest in SwiftKey Flow. We’re very pleased that so many of you are eager to help us test it out.
SwiftKey Flow is very nearly ready for beta testing. When it is, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to download it and how to leave us feedback. Your comments are very important to us – you’ll be a vital part of making sure that the public release of SwiftKey with SwiftKey Flow is our best keyboard yet.
To make sure that you receive the SwiftKey Flow testing email and it doesn’t end up in your spam folder, please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your list of contacts.
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All the best,
SwiftKey Community Manager
I’ve opted into the Swiftkey VIP program and will probably be able to try out the Flow Beta soon. If I get accepted, expect a lengthy preview right here on AndroidPIT. In the meantime, you can watch this demo video that shows off Swiftkey Flow.