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The SwiftKey Flow beta test continues with another release for phones and tablets today. Version includes a new round of bug fixes, including behavior fixes for the Google Chrome Beta, various crash fixes and a new Turkish layout. Here's the full changelog for your perusal --

  • Fixed crash on changing keyboards
  • Fixed force close on clicking update language
  • Fixed other crashes
  • Resolved majority of non-English punctuation problems
  • New look installer to match SwiftKey Flow colors and include an introduction to SwiftKey Flow
  • Added Turkish layout
  • Chrome Beta should now behave like Chrome
  • Snap and tap (correction of words) now compatible with Vietnamese
  • Memory usage of settings app reduced
  • Improved handling of non-zero length selection in Chrome and Samsung mail client
  • Fixed jumping cursor in ExDialler and Samsung calculator
  • Microphone key disabled in fields that don’t support voice input
  • Fix for keyboard disappearing when phone build installed on tablet sized devices
  • Disabled predictions in Kingsoft Office and UC browser to make SK usable in them
  • Double space for period turned off by default to prevent accidental period insertion when flowing
  • Replaced ‘learnt’ with ‘learned’ in personalization page (US English)
  • Turned off slide down from candidate bar to close keyboard when flow is on (to be consistent with the description in the Settings menu)

There's still a handful of known issues in the current beta build, so you might want to take a look over them at the source link before installing for the first time. That's also where you'll find download links for both phone and tablet versions of the keyboard.

SwiftKey Flow remains the keyboard of choice for many of us here at AC, despite its beta status. Hopefully we'll see it graduate to Google Play soon.

Source: SwiftKey


Reader comments

SwiftKey Flow beta updated with fresh round of bug fixes


Can't wait tell they release it on the market. I've been checking my apps everyday hoping for the swiftkeyFlow update :-)

I've been using the beta version on both my tablet and phone and the few bugs it does have are minor. It's become my premiere from for texting and posting.

Using it aswel. First used the normal Swiftkey, then tried the 4.2 keyboard for a few days, but then downloaded Swiftkey Flow and it's way better. The swiping is equally good as 4.2 (imho), but the automatic learning is waaaaaay better. I type in a local Flemish dialect a lot, so it's great for me.

This one puts the beta expiration date out to the 21st, and I'm pretty sure that the last date was also the 21st. I'm thinking we're getting close to this coming out of beta. I love this keyboard, been using it since the beta came out in flow. Good solid work here.

If you haven't tried it, there's nothing to lose by giving 9 days of your time to a different keyboard.

I'm becoming very fond of Swiftkey Flow and I've been a Swype user for quite some time. I've been running Swype Beta (and it's updates) for quite some time on my GNEX. I really like that input method but Swype's beta has become frustrating at best.

So I tried SKF and it's really nice, and the prediction is great. Once its out of Beta I will happily buy it.

I was a long time SwiftKey user, but the keyboard on the Nexus 4 is just too good to use anything else. I have been participating in the Flow beta for a couple of months now and every time a new version is released, I try it for a few hours and then immediately switch back to stock. I see Flow being a viable alternative to older phones or non-stock phones that don't have Google's gesture typing, but on Nexus devices its usefulness is extremely limited.

Out of this Swiftkey beta, the Swype beta and the Samsung JB keyboard, Swiftkey is by far the best keyboard out of the three for ease of use - especially in the accuracy and ease of use of the auto-predictions.

I have had issues with double letters using flow. When it gets it right, it is way faster. But sometimes double letters will not work even when I hover and re-circle them

I've found that Swype is WAY better with double letters, but I cannot stand the way Swype malfunctions with certain websites (like Facebook). So I've switched to Swiftkey Flow, and I haven't looked back.