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SwiftKey 4 launches: Android keyboard app introduces SwiftKey Flow

Launching today on the Google Play store Swiftkey 4 is the latest version of the hugely popular Android keyboard app. The latest version adds a host of new features, including SwiftKey Flow designed to make typing on a touchscreen quicker and more efficient.

SwiftKey Flow functions in a way similar to Swipe found on Samsung smartphones keyboard, whereby you move your finger over the keyboard from letter to letter to compose words and the autocorrect engine predicts what is coming next. ‘Flow Through Space’ makes Flow even faster, enabling you to enter phrases simply by tapping the space bar between words.

SwiftKey 4 with SwiftKey Flow

Flow has been in beta since 2012, during which time SwiftKey has been collecting feedback from users. The swiping method of typing isn’t for everyone, but you don’t have to use Flow – when you launch Swiftkey 4 for the first time it will give you the option to activate the feature.

Elsewhere SwiftKey 4 boasts increased language support, doubling from 30 to 60 within a year and among the new languages on offer are Vietnamese and Thai.  Each includes contextual understanding rather than dictionary understanding, ensuring greater accuracy.

Corrections are easier than ever, simply tap on a word and SwiftKey 4 will move the curser to the end of the word, offering two options. 

SwiftKey has also improved the Heat Mapping of the app. The Heat Map is virtualisation of the keyboard, showing how accurately you type, for example you might aim for the spacebar and accidentally tap an adjacent key.  Now the apP adjusts to suit your typing style, resulting in less mistakes.

SwiftKey is one of our favourite apps, we awarded SwiftKey 3 App of the Year at the 2012 Recombu Mobile awards. If you’ve got an Android smartphone, try it –  prediction is eerily accurate.

SwiftKey 4 is available as a free upgrade to existing SwiftKey customers from the SwiftKey website. It will be available for £1.49 for a week from today, before reverting to its standard price of £2.99.

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