Feb, 12 2013

SwiftKey Flow is still in beta, but the folks at SwiftKey aren’t using that as an excuse not to introduce timely and numerous bug fixes. The latest upgrade — which brings the alternate keyboard up to version 4.0.0.99 — introduces a huge list of bug fixes and changes. To name a few, you can expect the addition of a Turkish keyboard layout, a new installer to match the look of the rest of the app, better correction for Vietnamese words, a fix for Chrome Beta, better punctuation for non-English languages, and more.

Take a look at the full list of changes below to see if anything that has been bothering you has been fixed. That said, you can always expect a small list of known issues that the team is still figuring out. SwiftKey’s todo list includes fixing the comma key on Arabic keyboards, fixing a blank list of predictions when switching between languages, fixing the bad-looking “no SD card” ribbon on low-end devices, fixing a crash that occurs when looking at the heatmap directly after using the alternative symbols layout, and more.

There may be more bugs hiding throughout the app, of course, but that’s the nature of a beta. As a tester, you should do everything in your power to report those bugs to make sure we all get the best experience possible once it launches in the Google Play Store. You can grab the latest version for tablets and phones from SwiftKey’s website if you want in on the next big thing in trace typing.

Changes in this version:

* Fixed crash on changing keyboards
* Fixed force close on clicking update language
* Fixed other crashes
* Resolved majority of non-English punctuation problems
* New look installer to match SwiftKey Flow colors and include an introduction to SwiftKey Flow
* Added Turkish layout
* Chrome Beta should now behave like Chrome
* Snap and tap (correction of words) now compatible with Vietnamese
* Memory usage of settings app reduced
* Improved handling of non-zero length selection in Chrome and Samsung mail client
* Fixed jumping cursor in ExDialler and Samsung calculator
* Microphone key disabled in fields that don’t support voice input
* Fix for keyboard disappearing when phone build installed on tablet sized devices
* Disabled predictions in Kingsoft Office and UC browser to make SK usable in them
* Double space for period turned off by default to prevent accidental period insertion when flowing
* Replaced ‘learnt’ with ‘learned’ in personalization page (US English)
* Turned off slide down from candidate bar to close keyboard when flow is on (to be consistent with the description in the Settings menu)

Known Issues:

* Crashes when looking at the heatmap if you visit immediately after using the alternative symbols layout
* Comma key on Arabic keyboard inserts western comma
* Predictions sometimes blank when switching between languages
* Flowing words sometimes results in surprising capitalizations
* “No SD card” ribbon looks bad on low end devices