It has been almost a month since the first beta of SwiftKey flow was released and now the developers , after listening to user feedback made some important changes to the keyboard and have released a brand new beta for you to download.
A quick look at what’s new in SwiftKey Flow Beta 188.8.131.52:
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
Good to see that they finally fixed the Smiley key. But it’s still frustrating as the predictions don’t work in the text fields available in the Play store app, browsers. And it still causes my P500 to lag, the original SwiftKey works fine though.
Here is a list of the known-issues in SwiftKey flow
Flow trail is sometimes left on the screen at the end of a word
Personalization service continues running when it has finished
Memory usage is still higher than we would like
Flow trail is very faint on some CyanogenMod ROMs
Force closes on Motorola Atrix and LG G2X with custom ROMs >= 4.0
If a language pack is downloaded while typing the keyboard is not refreshed
Predictions are too large on LDPI devices
Predictions occasionally lost when alternately backspacing/spacing at the end of a word
Ukrainian spit layout is broken
Estonian words containing ö are not predicted
Arrow keys do not repeat on longpress
Download the new beta version from Swiftkey’s website.
Note: Separate versions for tablets and phones are available at the above mentioned webpage.
Well, it still has to catch up to Swype’s standards but the recent update and the known issues list, which we could consider as a to-fix-list shows promise. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.