SwiftKey 4.3 is a unified app which works equally well on Android smartphones and tablets and it lets user customize the layout of their keyboard for the first time.
The new ‘Layouts for Living’ feature enables users to move the keyboard around the screen, shrink it for one-handed use and even split it in two for two-handed typing. Another less notable addition is that the app now supports the Canadian English language.
As with previous editions, the app (free, Google Play) supports SwiftKey Cloud to sync personalized settings across devices, and accepts swipe-based text input. The app is a free update for existing SwiftKey users, but has also been [...]
Confirming the news in a press release, the London start-up indicated that SwiftKey 4.3 unifies the previous smartphone and tablet editions and hinted that this may have been down to growing popularity for phablets.
“Listening to fan feedback, SwiftKey has merged the phone and tablet apps to eliminate guesswork as to which version of the app a user should purchase”, read the firm’s statement.
The other big news is the introduction of ‘Layouts for Living’, a new feature which lets user move the keyboard anywhere, shrink it for one-handed use or even split it in two for two-handed typing. As before, the app supports SwiftKey Cloud to sync [...]
As is the case with other leading keyboard apps on Android, SwiftKey Cloud enables users to back-up their custom phrases and personal writing habits and then sync these to other Android devices (SwiftKey isn’t available on other platforms).
Users will however have to be on a Wi-Fi network and signed into their SwiftKey account for these settings to come into effect.
SwiftKey says that users will be able to set how often phrases are synced to SwiftKey Cloud and reveals that the service’s ‘Trending Phrases’ feature will also update the keyboard’s predictive-word database on a daily basis with trending names and terms.
SwiftKey Cloud is [...]
Google now offers its own alternative virtual keyboard for download at the Google Play store to compete with the likes of SwiftKey and Swype.
The Google keyboard supports what the company calls "gesture typing" for Android (4.0 and higher) smartphones and tablets.
The keyboard also offers access to Voice Typing, word prediction and correction, in addition to dictionary support for 26 languages.
Readdle and SwiftKey, two of these app developers who concentrate on making mobile and tablet users more productive, both announced their own Black Friday offers today.
Readdle has discounted a plethora of productivity apps, with some of these now up to 80% off or even completely free. The iPad-specific deals are listed below:PDF Expert for iPad has been reduced from $9.99 to $4.99. Printer Pro for iPad was available for $6.99, but now costs $1.99. Remarks for iPad is temporarily cut from $4.99 to $1.99. ReaddleDocs for iPad has been discounted from $4.99 to $1.99. PDF Convertor for iPad now costs $1.99, having previously been price at $4.99.
There are a number of new features;
Smart Space: This new function basically gives your space bar some time off, by detecting and correcting when you've forgotten to add a space into a particular phrase in real-time. SwiftKey now claims to offer the most accurate and complete auto-correction available on a smartphone or a tablet.
Two new themes: The beta brings about two new color themes; ‘Cobalt’ and the Ice Cream Sandwich-styled ‘Holo’, which was apparently approved by SwiftKey’s VIP community.
Improved UI: There’s now a much larger space bar and a smart punctuation key to aid typing accuracy.
The app is available from the Android Market and offers a simple, clutter-free UI when entering the app. The keyboard works across various applications and supports 22 languages.
The virtual keyboard is well designed; offering ample spacing, a fast response time and striking visibility. There are options for audio input and a split keyboard while typists can choose between ‘rapid’ (needs auto-correction) and ‘precise’ (utilizes predictions) text entry.
Impressively, SwiftKey Tablet X is can learn how you write through Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and SMS integration, while the predictions engine begins suggesting words before you’ve finished [...]
The discounted apps appeared quietly early Tuesday in Google’s Android Market as Android Central and a number of other sites reported. Until mid-morning Google hadn’t officially released details other than featuring the apps for sale at its 10 Billion Promo page on the Android Market site. But in a new post Tuesday morning at Google's Mobile Blog, the company confirmed the ten app promo will rotate in a new top ten apps each day for the next ten days.
The promotion is to celebrate over 10 billion downloads at Android Market since its debut three years ago. The promotion is supposed to last ten days and discounts ten “premium apps” [...]
The update adds a faster, artificially intelligent language engine, a new multi-touch framework for faster typing and a ‘polished’ UI for a better settings menu, alternative character selection and extra sharing features.
The upgrade had added new languages, including Arabic and Hebrew, taking the total of supported languages up to 35, while SwiftKey has also added support for mobile devices running Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).
For improving multi-touch control, SwiftKey is now able to make sense of multiple, successive key-presses, while the Dvorak and Colemak keyboard layouts have been added to aid typists who prefer this [...]