A look at the new SwiftKey 4 keyboard for Android and also my hands-on of it

SwiftKey 4.0 is finally out and available in Google Play Store. It's a really great Android keyboard with both predictive typing and gestured based typing. Predictions works great with both way of using it. I like it a lot. This is the first version that I think is better than Swype. The SwiftKey Flow beta was not better, but this Swifkey 4 version is. I will switch to SwiftKey now. I am mainly a gesture typer and the predictions in Swiftkey beats Swype now. And it learns much more from the user now too.

I can highly recommend SwiftKey 4.

This is what's new:

SwiftKey Flow: World’s most accurate gesture input. Write by gliding your finger on the keyboard.

Multimodal - SwiftKey Flow can be mixed with tap input, with switching mid-word.

Mid-word completion: when you see the word you want just lift your finger off and the word will be inserted.

Flow Through Space: Gesture multiple words without lifting a finger, just by sliding your finger down to the space bar between words

Flow with next-word prediction: when you finish flowing a word, SwiftKey immediately shows you its best guesses for your next word

Three SwiftKey Flow candidates: tap backspace after completion of a flow to see three potential words

Easier corrections: Tap anywhere on any word to choose an alternative from SwiftKey’s three best guesses, based on the context and on your input

Better personalization: More thorough learning of your language and typing style - size of personal language profile increased in SwiftKey’s real-time prediction engine.

SwiftKey automatically detects writing style - SwiftKey predictions will tend towards completing your word or correcting your mistyping depending on your behavior - no need to select “rapid” or “precise” as in previous versions

Better predictions: Enhanced language engine, predictions in more text fields (as requested by our users)

60 languages: Now including Albanian, Bosnian, Javanese, Sundanese, Thai, Vietnamese

Improved layouts for Russian and Korean.

Multi-coloured ink: The on screen ‘ink’ that shows progress of a flow uses a multi-layered effect to show the beginning and end of a ‘flow’. Ink colour complements the keyboard theme selected

Hold to delete: Long-press the delete key to remove the whole word. Deletion accelerates as you continue to hold. Slide to delete gesture can only be used when SwiftKey Flow is disabled.

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftkey