Android Central

Four weeks on from the original SwiftKey Flow beta launch, a new version of the app is available. The new version 4.0.0.61 of the trace-enabled keyboard features improved performance, as well as fixes for a number of bugs identified over the past month --

  • Flow-through-space autocommit: if you flow-through space but mess up your last word, all the prior words will be inserted (instead of losing all the words)
  • Flow in landscape on tablets (not on split layout with numpad)
  • Battery usage improved (when flowing and when not in use)
  • Performance of flowing and tapping improved
  • Longpress of bottom-right (smiley/enter) button now works
  • Fixed some force close issues
  • Fixed some memory leaks
  • Predictions not lost when changing keyboard layout (e.g to symbols)
  • Fixed DOuble CApitalization issue

The new version is available for tablets and phones over at the source link below. Remember that SwiftKey Flow is still  in beta, so the app won't be as stable as the current version of SwiftKey 3.1 on Google Play. (A list of known issues can also be found at the source link.)

Source: SwiftKey blog

 
There are 14 comments

Jaysus says:

I like being able to flow in landscape on a tablet... I will not use it often, but the option is certainly nice to have.

Dr0me says:

installed and tested. Yup still sucks. Uninstall. The default android 4.2 keyboard feels the best to me for peck typing, gesture and most importantly keyboard layout / design (you can also set it up to toggle to emoji with one button). Now all it needs is to auto learn your dictionary form FB and Gmail and it will be complete. Never understood the appeal of Swiftkey.

schrack3000 says:

To each his own. The only thing I hate about Android is the stock keyboard. I find it nearly unusable. First thing I do with a new device is install SwiftKey, and now I'm using flow. I can type lightening fast with it. It's fantastic.

eahinrichsen says:

The first change on the list is huge. The problem with losing a whole sentence if I screw up the last word kept me from really using the flow-through-space function at all.

I never really noticed any battery life or memory leak issues with the first beta version (N4, CM10.1), but those are welcome changes in any case.

NDchem2014 says:

Can anyone comment on the how Flow compares to Swype? The ability to create a whole sentence in one motion is very cool.

Steve Anders says:

Personally, I like Flow better than Swype. Maybe it's just because I was bored with Swype but I really do like Flow a lot better. I love the pumpkin theme. It really makes the keyboard pop out.
It runs really smooth and fast. No complaints from me. I'm using a galaxy Note 2.

kamiller42 says:

Still no numerical row like Samsung and Kii keyboards.

JoeyRation says:

Try Kii Keyboard. I've tried so many and it's definitely the best right now.

The "Flow" feature still does not work in apps like Chrome and Foursquare just to name a few. This keyboard is great but if I am unable to use it throughout all apps on my phone than it becomes cumbersome.

qwick says:

It actually works in chrome but not in the address bar, which is still annoying :(

There are quite a few other places as well.

It should be possible to fix this since Swype works in these places. I was hoping for a fix for this in this update, oh well hopefully in the next one.

fbrubbo says:

I hope they are going to update current users who have bought the normal SwiftKey 3 keyboard with the new Flow version functionalists. Please, please, please SwiftKey.. Make your customers happy.

overfloater says:

"Flow-through-space autocommit: if you flow-through space but mess up your last word, all the prior words will be inserted (instead of losing all the words)"

Woohoo, my main complaint. Heading to update now.

I only started using Flow about a week ago, after Phil included it on his "must-have apps" list. Never used Swiftkey or Swype or anything similar before, so I'm still getting used to it but I'm definitely appreciating it. Drafted a looooong letter on an 8 hour flight on NYE, and did so on my phone with one hand without having to break out the laptop.

The one annoyance I have is being unable to flow through punctuation. Since comma and period already have dedicated keys, I'm not sure why those couldn't be incorporated into the flow. Having to break flow to press them independently kinda defeats the purpose...

dizzle16 says:

I've tried Swype for years but the prediction is way better. Been using this since it came out and sticking with it. Bugs are further and fewer in between than Swype. I started using Swype, then so did my wife, I tried this, had my wife try it and we both agree this is the better keyboard and as a bonus it uses less internal memory than Swype even though that's not that big a deal for me. Typing this post with it now.

dizzle16 says:

I've tried Swype for years but the prediction is way better. Been using this since it came out and sticking with it. Bugs are further and fewer in between than Swype. I started using Swype, then so did my wife, I tried this, had my wife try it and we both agree this is the better keyboard and as a bonus it uses less internal memory than Swype even though that's not that big a deal for me. Typing this post with it now.