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.