Trace-typing, ala Swype, has become all the rage for many people. While some say Swype is hard to get used to or just plain prefer a tap-type keyboard, it’s no secret that keyboard makers want to appeal to the widest group of people possible. One of the most advanced touchscreen keyboards ever, SwiftKey, looks to be taking the next step in its long journey to stardom.
The folks at SwiftKey have announced SwiftKey Flow, and while the firm probably wouldn’t prefer it to be called “SwiftKey, but with Swype,” that’s exactly what comes to mind. Users trace through the letter of the words they want to type and SwiftKey will accurately insert whatever word you were looking for. It can be faster than tap-typing for some people as these methods of typing have consistently been used to break texting records across the world.
SwiftKey Flow does add something a bit unique to the trace-typing table, though — real-time word prediction. As you’re tracing a word out the keyboard will attempt to predict the word you are looking for and you can stop mid-trace to select the word if it ended up guessing the correct word.
And the tracing line looks very nice, to boot. I mean, there are only so many ways you can make the line look unique but there are also ways to mess it up, so kudos. The app is currently in beta and those interested in trying it out can head to SwiftKey.net to sign up for it. Take a look at the demo video above.