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SwiftKey Flow coming soon to Android phones, aims to out-swipe Swype


SwiftKey has announced the next iteration in its venerable Android keyboard line, dubbed SwiftKey Flow. Like Swype, SwiftKey Flow allows you to trace your finger across multiple keys to form words. We’d imagine there are some differences in the product itself — VIPs will have access to it in the coming weeks — but ultimately it caters better to one-handed typists than legacy SwiftKey.

The benefits of SwiftKey Flow over Swype has to do with the company’s Natural Language Processing, which better predicts your next word than any other keyboard we’ve used. Flow incorporates those predictions and auto-correct into the keyboard’s “gliding” mechanism.

SwiftKey sells its products directly to consumers via Google Play, but it also allows OEMs to incorporate it into their own operating systems. Currently Swype seems to have the market cornered for pre-loaded keyboards, so it wouldn’t be surprising if SwiftKey is trying to get into that market in a big way.

SwiftKey Flow is coming soon to VIPs, and will likely be available shortly thereafter on Google Play. You can sign up for more information on their website.

Source: SwiftKey
Via: Techcrunch

  • Nameless

    Is it just me, or is she holding the phone upside-down?

    • bob

      yes it is just you, its the button of the galaxy s3 on the bottom there :P

      also just no with the iphone keyboard…

    • mark paisley

      Swype owns the market because it is already incredible. Just came out with new update and is impeccable. i understand swiftkey is trying to come out with something better, but it is just not possible

  • AppleStockHolder

    Doesn’t matter. iPhone keyboard wins!

    • Dalex

      At being irreplacable due to the locked down archaic OS the phone is running? Yep its a champ in that domain.

    • iphoneuser

      Actually, iPhone has the worst keyboard of all smartphones. The spell correction/prediction sucks.

    • Derek

      As someone who has worked in cell phone retail for a while, and used Swype, Swiftkey and iPhone keyboards, Swiftkey 3 is the best keyboard I have ever used. The error recognition and word prediction is the *best* on the market. So, look away from the blinding light of the Apple Cloud and give something else a try. Don’t be afraid; you might find there are better things out there.

  • HighClassFrenchCricket

    VIP? what is a swift key vip? I bought swift key for 10 cents on the discount sale. Am i a VIP too?

  • drone

    YES!! Finally! Swype’s prediction engine blows. It’s simply pathetic at times lol.

    On the other hand, swiftkey’s prediction is pretty impeccable. All that was missing was the “swype” feature.

    • b

      Swypes predicition engine blows?? Its phenomenal compared to any of the competition. Maybe ur on one of the preinstalled samsung versions, try the current Beta.

  • Jaymerman79

    Personally I love swype… willing to give swiftkey another try though as long as I don’t have to re-purchase it to get Flow

  • HwyXingFrog

    Since I have multiple Android devices, I think I still prefer Swype, unless SwiftKey starts syncing your dictionary like the new Swype update.

    I still haven’t even scratched the surface of Swype to hit it’s full potential.

    • Andy

      Agreed with dictionary syncing. At least exporting. That is one big thing missing from Swiftkey

  • Benz

    I’m more impressed with the BB10 keyboard

  • B.W.

    I guess you can debate prediction accuracy, but one way SwiftKey wins hands down is the ability to mix/switch languages seamlessly.

  • Moose

    I used Swype for over a year. Their layout and Engine SUCKS. Only problem is I also don’t like paying for a keyboard either. TouchPal came out like a week ago and I love it. Smart and customizable, but more importantly, FREEEEE : )

  • crimsona

    This will be the only thing that could make me move to SwiftKey from Swype…paid for SwiftKey but never use it

    Having used touchpal, slide it and Swype back to back to back over a few weeks, Swype had the best word correction function of the three, and it wasn’t even close (for example, swyping my email address)

  • 45

    I love Swype, and love SwiftKey’s predictive text. I’m sure I’ll be a fan of this, and can’t wait to try it.

  • Decoi

    Swype fanboys! Just kidding. I’m using Swype right now and love it.

    If Swiftkey gets Flow working correctly, then I’ll purchase the product. All I hear is good things about Swiftkey already, but I refuse to ‘peck’ text now that I’m on Swype. This sounds like the best of both worlds.

  • chris c.

    Swiftkey will get sued for this no doubt.

  • Michael

    I love swype for now mainly because the other swiping keyboards on the market suck. I have swiftkey installed on my phone and its amazing, cant wait for FLOW should be great

  • Kriilin Namek

    I just wish we could delete pre-defined “words” from the Swype dictionary. Call me old school, but “ur” and “10q” aren’t words! Maybe they could move them to the “i***t kiddie-speak” language!

    • Kriilin Namek

      So why did the system censor “id 10 t” ? Political correctness is out of control!

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