When it comes to third-party keyboards Android has it pretty well covered, however, there are only a few that repeatedly get recommended over and over, SwiftKey being one of them.
SwiftKey have just released their first public beta of their new ‘Flow’ keyboard and we at Land Of Technology were lucky to have had some hands on time with it.
SwiftKey flow brings us everything we love about earlier SwiftKey keyboards but with one pretty impressive enhancement, Flow! ‘Flow’ (as you might be able to tell from the name) gives you the ability to trace (or swipe) with your finger and type words. You might be thinking that other keyboards already allow you to do this, well you would be both wrong and right.
Flow gives us the chance to do this style of typing with the SwiftKey prediction logic. This means that the keyboard really gets to know the way you type and the words you say. It also adds one pretty amazing feature known as ‘continuous flow’ (or ‘Flow Through Space’).
Continuous Flow allows you to type full sentences without lifting your finger at all! Basically when you have traced a word you go to the space and then start the second word without lifting, it works out what you are trying to say. The only limitation we have found early on is, typing is dependent on your own accuracy and the speed your brain can keep up with what you’re doing, but the more you use it the better you will get.
The keyboard is not yet perfect (it is only a first beta after all), it has a few bugs, especially with some words when ‘flowing’ but I trust SwiftKey to do what they have always done in the past, listen to feedback and fix any problems, or add new things that people suggest.
Now all that is left is for you all to try it! Grab the beta (phone and tablet) from the link: