Happy Halloween everyone!

Have you set your SwiftKey theme to Pumpkin to celebrate?

If you’re not sure how to change themes, check out our how-to video below. We have more helpful hints and tips on how to become an expert SwiftKey user on our videos page.

Cheers, Charlie

Today we’re giving a sneak peek of SwiftKey Flow, a new approach to Android typing with SwiftKey that means you won’t have to lift a finger.

Register for the SwiftKey Flow beta here.

SwiftKey Flow harnesses the unrivaled predictive power of SwiftKey to give a completely new take on continuous input, offering real-time prediction as you begin to ‘flow’ a word on the keys. But don’t take our word for it. Check out the video:

This is different to the other keyboards out there. It’s been built from the ground up based on SwiftKey’s powerful engine. From the moment you touch the screen, SwiftKey Flow begins offering predictions based on the movement of your finger. Simply let go of the screen as soon as the desired word is predicted – sometimes four or five characters before you’ve finished gesturing it out – and SwiftKey seamlessly enters your word onto the screen.

SwiftKey Flow has been engineered to simultaneously support both typing by ‘tapping’ on the keys (SwiftKey as you currently know and love it) and gliding across the keyboard. This means you can seamlessly switch between the two as you please, ‘flowing’ a quick text if you only have one hand free, or tapping out a longer note with both thumbs at speed. Add the fact that SwiftKey constantly predicts the next word in a sentence and you may not even have to type at all for some words.

We’ll be releasing a beta of SwiftKey Flow soon. As always, our VIP community will be the first to get their hands on it. To register your interest, give us your email address here. Or register as a SwiftKey VIP right now.

Cheers,

Joe

p.s. have a look at our amazing video showcasing some SwiftKey users and what the app means to them.

SwiftKey is more than just a keyboard – it keeps you in touch with the people who matter in your life. SwiftKey is all about the experience of the individual – every single instance of SwiftKey is different, because it learns and adapts to the way that you communicate and interact with your device.

We went out to New York and San Francisco to meet some SwiftKey fans and ask them “what does SwiftKey mean to you?”. Our gratitude goes out to the VIPs who participated in this project. We’re happy to have had the opportunity to share some personal stories and put faces to the names. So here’s a big thank you for Patrick and Andrew and Hillary-Marie and Juan and Tarik and Senén and Ryan and Michael and Kevin and Andre and Shannon and Mike. THANK YOU.

We put our users at the heart of what we do. While we want to lead innovation and surprise you with the new features and ideas we develop, we always listen to your thoughts and feedback. Hearing the impact our work has had on your life – making communicating faster, easier, more fun – is why we do what we do.

Our VIP Community is the vibrant hub of this conversation. In the last six months membership of that has doubled from around 35,000 to 70,000. We’re excited to have these new recruits on board.

Want to join 70,000 other SwiftKey fans on our VIP Community and be the first to try out new features, new languages (and maybe even new apps)? Just sign up at vip.swiftkey.net.

Watch this space for more cool stuff coming soon…

With the Presidential election approaching fast, we’ve created a fun game to see which candidate you tweet or write most like.

Perhaps you’ve already picked your guy or you’re not interested or not eligible.  But you might be just a little curious to discover who you – linguistically speaking – have most in common with.

We pulled together around 150,000 words each from speeches by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney and analyzed them using some of the advanced language technology we’ve created  at SwiftKey.

Just head to http://prezometer.swiftkey.net/, type in your Twitter username or some text you’ve written and press the button. It looks at the topics you’re talking about but also examines how you use language and compares this to the candidates. You can also type in the Twitter name of one of your friends, or a public figure like a sports star or celebrity. You might be surprised!

Analyzing language is a complex challenge – even for the experts we have here working on it.  The differences between the two candidates aren’t always clear cut, they often talk about the same topics or use similar phrases. The fact they both tend to end speeches by saying: “Thank you. God bless you and God bless the United States of America,” can help explain why even Obama and Romney aren’t ranked “100%” themselves.

We’re not here to nudge you to vote a certain way, it’s your vote. But we do work in a democratic way, for example by trying to open up parts of our decision-making to our users – you can vote for features you want and offer feedback – and by having a pretty non-hierarchical workplace. We believe in having a say and being heard.

So if you do want to exercise your right to vote, you can find neutral information here. Barack Obama’s website is here and Mitt Romney’s is here.

This was created during one of our Innovation Days – a monthly opportunity to test out new skills, work in different ways, try to build something. Big thanks to Jaley, Joe F and Mike for the hard work.

:: What score did you get? What scores do celebrities, sports stars or brands get? Leave your results in the comments!

We’re thrilled SwiftKey Healthcare won its first gong last night, scooping Best Enterprise App at the Appsters awards.

It means a lot to the team as it’s recognition in a new area – the product only officially launched in June and already the number of clients has doubled.

We know clinicians and carers don’t go into these vocations to spend all their time doing admin. They want this process to be as easy, simple and accurate as possible so they can focus on their patients, and we’re proud to be helping tackle this.

SwiftKey Healthcare was up against the Aviva Risk Management Solution app, Nokia Coalface (Bolser), EDGEfolio (Deloitte), HSBC Private Bank, Sales Navigator (The Casey Group) and the Guardian Jobs Facebook app (Net Natives).

I was handed a brilliant shiny blue trophy at the event in Kensington, London, which will take pride of place in a new awards wall we’re making at our new London HQ…