SwiftKey 4.2 adds cloud sync and improved predictions, on sale for $1.99

Daniel Bader

August 21, 2013 11:07am

SwiftKey, one of Android’s best third-party keyboard alternatives (and a reason to choose Android over a competing platform, in my opinion) has been updated to version 4.2, adding a number of intriguing new features.

Main on the list is SwiftKey Cloud, the company’s new backend service that syncs all your dictionary words, punctuation preferences and app settings — haptic feedback length and such — across multiple devices. Because it uses Google’s own sign-in process, there are no passwords to remember or enter — it just works. We’ve been testing this feature in beta for a few weeks now, and it’s brilliant. Swype offers the same thing, but SwiftKey’s is just better.

The new version also improves predictions, which the company says now adapts to your writing style and “recognizes deliberate actions e.g use of punctuation and delete keys and includes these in all suggestions,” according to the press release.

If you’re one of the few people still unsure about SwiftKey, there is a one-month free trial to whet your appetite.

  • Rich

    Personally, I found the predictions became worse in this latest update.
    Overall though, amazing keyboard.

    • Henry

      The predictions is why I ditched Swiftkey a few months ago and went to stock Android keyboard. Just yesterday switched back to swift and all is well again but I wonder if over time the predictions get worse because of all the learning? Doesn’t make sense, I know…

    • Jem

      i get that same feeling actually…

  • Erik N.

    Used swiftkey since almost its inception…can’t ever go back to stock keyboards for anything!

  • Max Fireman

    SwiftKey is like underwear. Can’t leave the house without it on my android, unless I’m going commando.

  • YYC81

    I took advantage of this sale to buy the actual tablet version for my Nexus 7, both my tablet and Nexus 4 connected to the cloud service without any problems.

  • Miguel

    Maybe one day I’ll be able to say duck and shot as much as I want. One ducking day SwiftKey will treat me like a Goddard adult and not like an 8 year old child. One day.

  • Stuntman06

    I sure hope the developers of the Minuum keyboard is looking at this. SwiftKey, the full version, is half the price of the Minuum beta and there is a one month free trial of SwiftKey. Where do you think people are going to spend their money?

    • Max Fireman

      Plus minuum got a ton of free dough from their kick starter campaign. They should be charging ¢.99 for an app that has no recognition as of yet.