SwiftKey, the popular on-screen keyboard has just been acquired by Microsoft. Available on both iOS and Android platforms, SwiftKey and its SDK are being used in over 300 million devices worldwide. Microsoft’s focus is in its predictive technology and it goes in line with their ambition to develop intelligent systems for greater productivity.
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Yesterday we reported that Samsung’s pre-installed keyboard had an exploit that could completely compromise your phone. Samsung has now announced that it is taking care of the problem using their own KNOX security feature. While the keyboard looks nothing like SwiftKey, its the SDK that Samsung uses for their word predictive feature that makes it vulnerable.
UPDATE: Samsung addresses the keyboard vulnerability issue using KNOX.
If you happen to own a Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Mini, Note 3, Galaxy S5 or the more recent Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S6, we have a bit of bad news for you. Samsung’s built-in stock keyboard apparently has an exploit that might potentially allow people to execute code remotely on your phone no thanks to a flaw in the SwiftKey software.
SwiftKey’s Chinese Input is finally out of Beta and it is now available for Android users. With the latest update, you are able to add Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese for either Taiwan and Hongkong. For quicker typing, the Chinese version also gets its famed predictive input where it studies your typing patterns and will try to predict the next word that you’re going to type next.
Pinyin (romanised spelling) is only available for simplified Chinese. To type even faster, you can just tap on the first romanised character of each word. So if you want to type 你好吗 (how are you?), you can just type “nhm” instead of “nihaoma”. If you’re a sloppy typist, it recognises typos and will autocorrect them for you. This also works with names and it gets smarter each time you use it.
To download, head over to the Google Play Store.
SwiftKey is an incredible on-screen keyboard that offers intelligent predictive input and swipe gestures for faster typing. The more you use it, the better it gets in predicting your next choice of words.
In their latest update for its Android version, the have made some minor tweaks that promises better performance than before.
Some of the changes include:
Keyboard appears 15-20% quicker
Keyboard closes 20-30% quicker
Switching between fields is 15-50% faster
Keyboard is now 10-18% more responsive
They have also added 12 more languages but unfortunately Chinese isn’t supported officially right now. However if you do want to use SwiftKey in Chinese, you can give its Beta Chinese input (Traditional/Simplified) a try over here.
If you haven’t tried it yet, you can download SwiftKey which is now a Free download pn the Play Store.
If you’re using an iPhone 5S or an older model, don’t chuck your phone away because of the iPhone 6. The biggest change ever for the iOS platform is coming next week as Apple is rolling out its iOS 8 update.
iPhone and iPad users have long been deprived of having customised keyboards for quicker input. With the latest iOS 8 that’s available on 17th September, users can now switch to better keyboards such as SwiftKey.
The popular SwiftKey keyboard is now available for free on the Google Play Store. Previously offered as a paid app at US$3.99, the intelligent keyboard has switched to a Freemium model. While it is free for unlimited use, SwiftKey will be making money by selling custom keyboard themes.
So what happens to those who have paid for the keyboard? You’ll get a additional 10 keyboard themes for free with their “Premier Pack” that’s valued at US$4.99. On the latest version 5, SwiftKey is introducing a couple new features including an extra row for numbers, an improved prediction engine and a new SwiftKey Store to discover new themes.
SwiftKey is an awesome keyboard which understands your typing habits and is able to predict the next word that you’re going to type. For those who prefer to swipe, there’s also a Flow Keyboard where you can glide away instead of tapping on each individual keys. Even Apple will be including SwiftKey-like features in their upcoming QuickType keyboard on iOS 8.
You can download SwiftKey over at Google Play Store here. Are you new to SwiftKey? Check out the promo video after the break.
Swipe input from Swype and Swiftkey is incredibly easy to use on a smart phone, offering faster input that the usual QWERTY typing. So far swiping is only limited to touch screens and desktop users seem to be left out. Not anymore.
Today SwiftKey has introduced Flow Hard which brings Swipe input to your normal physical keyboards on your PC and Laptops. According to SwiftKey, Flow hard improves typing speed by 257% compared to conventional typing. According to one of their testers, he doesn’t need to bite his nails an ymore since prolonged Flow Hard typing wears out his finger nails.
This isn’t just a joke and SwiftKey has a working demo which you can try it over at their site. It works rather accurately like the actual Swiping input on your smart phone. This is yet another innovation from SwiftKey adding on to last year’s SwiftKey Tilt input.
Check out the SwiftKey Flow Hard video after the break.
SwiftKey has unveiled what they are calling the future of typing on your mobile phones with its latest SwiftKey Tilt. Combining the ease of keyboard swiping and the popularity of pinball balancing, the new SwiftKey Tilt brings up a whole new typing experiencing which involves your entire body. This is probably the best mobile innovation that can help reduce overweight and obesity problems in Malaysia.
Watch the video after the jump
Google is pushing the boundaries with its introduction of Gmail Tap, the newest and fastest way to type. Instead of focusing on the best way of cramming 26 alphabetical keys onto the mobile screen, Google is focusing on just 2. All the texting/emailing you need is now represented by a “dot” and a “dash” in Morse fashion.
With large button areas, you can Gmail Tap easily without looking at the screen. Even at meetings, you can tap on your lap while staying focus with your audience. To double up productivity, there’s even multi-email mode where you can type 2 separate emails simultaneously with 2 sets of Gmail tap keyboards.
Other software keyboard developers like SwiftKey isn’t letting Google have all the fun. They too have introduced SwiftKey Mono, that features the world’s longest space bar. For those who have used SwiftKey would appreciate its rather accurate predictive input based on historical data. With this new version, all you get is a big keyboard without the clutter of a standard keyboard. Since it’s incredibly accurate, you won’t need to type anymore! All you need is just a big spacebar and follow the choices that SwiftKey predicts. For more information on SwiftKey Mono, head over here.
Don’t forget to check out other Google “innovation” that was released recently after the break.