Nov 20th, 2014

SwiftKey faster update

An update to SwiftKey in the Google Play Store today is bringing a much needed performance boost to the world’s best prediction keyboard. Back in June SwiftKey went full-on free, dropping their original pricing in favor of an all new theme store hoping to entice buyers looking to customize the look of their keyboard.

At some point during all these updates, SwiftKey’s performance fell to the wayside but today’s update (5.10.60) SwiftKey looks to finally address the lag some of you were experiencing with the keyboard for awhile now.

According to SwiftKey, the keyboard is quicker to launch by as much as 20% faster than previous versions, while closing the keyboard comes in at around 30% faster. More importantly, actual typing has also gotten a boost, with typing up to 18% more responsive than before. Of course, a lot of this is dependent on the hardware capabilities of your device, so your mileage may vary.

SwiftKey 5.1 update speed

In addition to fixing other weirdness (like correction of capitalization), SwiftKey has also made available an additional 12 new Indian languages, including:

  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Kannada
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Oriya
  • Punjabi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Nepali
  • Sinhala

While emoji prediction arrives for 14 additional languages with Bulgarian, Finnish, Romanian and Ukrainian naming a few. It’s a pretty big update, and one that was badly needed. Have to admit, it’s always nice to see the folks at SwiftKey never resting on their laurels, instead continually improving their already phenomenal keyboard app.