Q&A with a SwiftKey iOS dev: Meet Tom Dixon
November 21, 2014
January 14, 2014
Today we’re pleased to let you know we’re putting out an update to the SwiftKey beta with emoji support and the optional number row.
Download the updated beta: http://bit.ly/skemojibeta3
Firstly, a big thank you to all who’ve downloaded it and shared your feedback in vip.swiftkey.net - this helps us identify where any problems are and take on board your suggestions.
The changes in this latest update are mainly under the hood – we’ve focused on some performance and memory issues to improve your overall experience. This isn’t the end of the improvements we’re making so don’t worry if we haven’t fixed something you’ve flagged yet – many issues and ideas are still being worked on and we’re still listening to your feedback.
Some of you have asked us why emoji look different depending on what you’re doing. In short, what you see varies between different versions of Android and different apps. Emoji are only supported on Android Jellybean and KitKat (4.1 and later). SwiftKey uses the system emoji font which is black and white in Jellybean and colour in KitKat but some apps (eg WhatsApp) render the emoji within messages with app-specific fonts whereas Google Hangouts uses the same colour emoji font as KitKat. This means that although the meaning remains the same, the actual images may vary between apps and between the sending and receiving device. We hope that helps!
Thank you for all your feedback so far – we hope you enjoy these fixes and improvements!
Evan and the SwiftKey team