I’ve just spent the best part of a day making the SwiftKey FAQ better; it’s now grouped into thematic categories, with numbered questions, the latest issues and responses. It is also formatted to be clear and easy to read on a smartphone, as it’s now also accessible directly from the SwiftKey settings menu.
Please let me know what you think. Leave a comment if you think anything needs to be explained more clearly, and tell me if I’ve missed anything. If the page doesn’t look clear on your smartphone, it’d also be great if you could let me know. All comments on this blog, please!
We’ve finalised the changelog for the latest release of SwiftKey Beta, just to clarify what has changed. In future, this will always be available at swiftkey.net/changelog
Here it is. Any questions, fire us a comment or get in touch.
SWIFTKEY BETA CHANGELOG – VERSION 1.0.492
The following features have been added in the latest SwiftKey Beta release for Android Smartphones:
- Installation wizard process improved to guide user through four phases of enabling keyboard
- In-app help process improved by adding ‘how to use’ and FAQ sections, two routes for contact
- Inserting space after word prediction inserts period/full-stop (see note below)
- ? and ! now visible on primary punctuation screen
- # moved to primary punctuation screen
- ^ added as secondary character on * key
- The keys have been made wider
The following bugs were fixed:
- Several internal bugs fixed to increase overall stability
- Hard keyboard integration issues with capitalization and key toggling fixed
- View not attached to window manager bug fixed
- Orientation change during LM download fixed
- NPE prediction button listener fixed
- Unable to add window — android.os.BinderProxy – fixed
More details on double space inserting period/fullstop:
- Operates for users who do not have AutoAccept enabled (this uses space key at all times)
- Pressing space once after selecting a predicted word (which already has a space after by default) will create a second space, and thus introduce a period
- The function adds a trailing space after the period
- It even happens when going back and editing some previous text
- It only happens in prediction mode
- It doesn’t happen with the hard keyboard
- Only happens after alphanumeric character (per Android keyboard)
The SwiftKey Team
Great news! After just one week in the Google Android Market, SwiftKey exceeded 100,000 downloads and was named as the most popular Android download.
The blog Android and Me listed us as the most downloaded Android app last week, Tech Radar has already named SwiftKey as the best keyboard app on Android and Gizmodo had us top of their favourite Android apps of the week.
In the last week we’ve also had an incredible amount of feedback, and I’m pleased to announce that in the coming hour to two, we’ll be releasing our first update to the SwiftKey Beta. This includes a number of key bug fixes to improve overall stability, improved support for users of hard keyboards, wider keys, easier to find ?, ! and # symbols, a double tap space for period/full-stop function, and better help features.
Let us know how you all get on with it or give us a shout on Twitter.
Well! SwiftKey Beta is now well and truly in the Android Market. It’s been a very very long day for Team TouchType, but so far things are going far better than we expected.
I just checked our progress in the Android Market rankings on my HTC Hero and … woah! We are currently THIRD among all free apps on there. That’s a dream come true for us, as we really think SwiftKey is an amazing app and we’d love as many people as possible to try it out.
In the last 24 hours, there have been roughly 85,000 things written about SwiftKey, according to Google. That’s just mindblowing. We’ve been featured by some of our favourite blogs and news sites – thanks for helping us to spread the word!
Our support area is getting full to overflowing, so I just wanted to deal with a couple of recurring issues. At first, some people with modded or unofficial releases of Android couldn’t download SwiftKey. We’ve now fixed this, so you should be able to go right ahead and get it.
Lots of people haven’t worked out the swiping gestures you can do on the keys to perform various functions. If you swipe from top to bottom, the keyboard minimises. If you swipe right to left, your last word is deleted. If you swipe bottom to top, the keys capitalise.
To get to ! and ?, you need to long press , and . respectively. We know this isn’t ideal for all users, so we’re looking at making this better. We’re also going to move the # key, as for Twitter fans it’s hard to get to. These improvements should take us a few weeks, because we’ve got a bunch of other improvements we’re currently working on.
One of those is incorporating the voice dictation button that many Nexus One users cherish so dearly. This is in the pipeline – Google only made it possible for custom keyboards to incorporate this fairly recently, so bear with us. It’ll be with you all soon!
Lots of you are asking about skins. We plan to implement skins, but first we’re focusing on making the productivity elements of SwiftKey as good as we possibly can.
And privacy concerns are cropping up, partially because Google doesn’t vet code before allowing it on to the Android Market, meaning they place some fairly alarmist warnings in the installation process. We take privacy very seriously. SwiftKey does not collect any personal data like credit card numbers or passwords. Nor does it log your conversations at all – it simply observes how you use individual words next to each other and builds a personal language model from this, which it stores on your phone’s SD card.
We hope you’re all loving SwiftKey as much as we are and thanks for all your support! Keep telling everyone about SwiftKey and maybe we can de-seat Rupert Murdoch’s apps from Google’s top spots! (Ironically, I used to work for him…)
Today we’re pleased to announce that the SwiftKey Beta has launched as a free app on the Google Android Market. You can download it here.
It’s taken an immense amount of work to get us here, including over two years of development work and some intense testing. But we’re confident you’ll love SwiftKey and we can’t wait to hear from you with feedback on how you’ve found it.
Please tell all your friends with Android phones about the launch and if you’re a blogger, we’d love for you to write about it. You may also find our press release useful if you’d like a bit more information about the story behind SwiftKey.
Look forward to hearing from you all – and happy typing!
This is the first of many blog posts as we chart the journey made by SwiftKey and the TouchType team to bring the power of effortless expression to smartphones, everywhere.
TouchType was started two years ago with a simple goal – to make it easy to write quickly and accurately on a touchscreen phone. There was a new generation of handheld devices flooding the market at the time, but none of them offered a clever way to make it easy to type fast. If anything, the imprecise result of hurling your thumbs at a cluster of key icons on a screen made typing slower.
Our founders Jon Reynolds (CEO) and Ben Medlock (CTO) met while studying at Cambridge University and together worked on a way to combine the touchscreen interface and processing power of smartphones with recent breakthroughs in language computing. Jon had some solid business experience working as a UK civil service fast stream graduate and Ben was finishing off a PhD in Natural Language Processing.
With the surge in application-based platforms for mobile phones, they realised there was a great opportunity to show the mobile industry what it’d been missing.
So, after more than 18 months of intense development, in the coming days we will unveil SwiftKey™ – a revolutionary text prediction app for smartphones.
We’re launching the beta of SwiftKey on Google’s Android Market, just the first of many app stores and platforms that we are planning to bring this extraordinary software to. But with dozens of Android handsets being launched this year, and the number of Android users growing at a fast pace, we feel it’s a great place to start.
And if you love SwiftKey just as much as we do, be sure to tell your friends about it and let us know how you get on.
Chief Marketing Officer, TouchType