Launching SwiftKey Cloud with 50% off

August 21, 2013

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Hi everyone!

Today we’re launching SwiftKey 4.2 on Google Play (and other app stores once submission is approved), featuring SwiftKey Cloud! This exciting new set of features allows you to create a cloud-based hub for your personal language profile for the first time.

SwiftKey 4.2 is a free update for existing users – just return to the app store you purchased SwiftKey from and hit ‘update’. For new users, we’re holding a 50% off sale on Google Play, so now’s a great time to recommend the app to your friends and co-workers.

Enabling SwiftKey Cloud delivers these essential features:

Backup & Sync – With Backup, your personal language profile is kept safe in the cloud, giving you the personalized SwiftKey experience within seconds of installing the app on a new device. With Sync, the words and phrases that matter to you are seamlessly shared across all your devices.

Trending Phrases – SwiftKey’s technology analyzes Twitter and other news sources to sift out the most relevant daily discussions and localized trending topics in your language. Using advanced technology, SwiftKey captures the day’s most important phrases from the worlds of news, showbiz and sport to help you type about what’s on the agenda that day.

This feature launches in the following languages: English (US), English (UK), English (AU), Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese (PT), Portuguese (BR), Russian, Spanish (ES), Spanish (LA), Swedish, Turkish.

Enhanced Personalization – SwiftKey Cloud makes it easier than ever to ensure your next-word predictions and auto-corrections are tailored to you. Full integration with the Gmail and Facebook APIs allows for ‘one-click’ personalization for accounts registered on your device, and Yahoo! Mail has been added alongside Twitter, RSS and SMS personalization options.

Over to co-founder and CTO Ben Medlock: “We’re incredibly excited to bring the power of our predictions to our users wherever they are. We know an increasing number of people have multiple devices that they use in different settings. With today’s update, our users can now carry their personal experience with them across all their devices and receive words and phrases based on the news near them.”

At SwiftKey we take user privacy and data security very seriously, and all of SwiftKey Cloud’s features are subject to our robust privacy policy, which is there to protect your rights. We have also published a new data security policy to give you confidence about the measures we take to protect your data.

We’re really excited about SwiftKey Cloud – we hope you enjoy it!

Thanks,

The SwiftKey team

What else is new in SwiftKey 4.2?

As well as SwiftKey Cloud, SwiftKey 4.2 also includes:

  • Better contextual predictions: SwiftKey will recognize the kind of field you are typing in and suggest more relevant predictions. For example, a contact field will learn contact names over time as they are entered
  • Smarter learning: recognizes deliberate actions e.g use of punctuation and delete keys and includes these in all suggestions
  • Fewer keystrokes needed when searching contacts: SwiftKey will now emphasize what was previously typed in name fields
  • Quickly return to previously entered search terms: Words previously used in URL fields will be emphasized in predictions
  • New settings for physical keyboards: including space bar behavior and punctuation settings
  • Improved layouts for Russian (compact and phonetic) and Ukrainian (compact)
  • New layouts for Bulgarian (BDS), French (Bepo) and Swedish (Svorak)
  • Improved settings layout
  • Removed “.com” key from keyboard when typing in a URL bar (at our users’ request)
  • If you choose “large” or “small” key height (in Settings – Theme & Layout) your prediction keys will also be large or small

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  • http://dennisbareis.com/ Dennis Bareis

    I’d like to see template text and at least remembering my email address so I don’t need to enter it again and again.

  • xhozt

    and when will i be able to get the update in amazon store ?

    • Charlie Edmunds

      We’ve uploaded the update to the Amazon Appstore, it’ll be there just as soon as they’ve checked it over.

  • Stanislav Gruzdov

    Does it sync between phone and tablet versions of SwiftKey?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
      • Stanislav Gruzdov

        Thank you, Artem!
        P.S.: AP ftw!

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          NP and thanks!

          P.S. Updated with screenshot.

  • torxt

    please bring back the .com key !

    and make it customizable

    template text is also a great idea

  • Jean Durand

    Why would anyone want to REMOVE the .com key?!

    • rick

      Because, with over 3000 votes, it was the most annoying feature in the world to a lot of people, me included. See http://support.swiftkey.net/forums/116689-1-ideas-and-suggestions/suggestions/2197897-remove-com-button for details. It was driving me to the point of removing Swiftkey altogether, we’ve been asking for at least the ability to turn it off for a LONG time.

      • http://www.guyrintoul.com/ grintoul

        Glad they finally removed it, though I still think it’s really bad that it took them two years of users shouting to do so. It shouldn’t have been a difficult fix… not quite sure what they were doing in that time.

      • Stuart Lipinski

        OK, so a request had 3000 votes, however using that as a deciding factor to *remove* something is just silly. Personally, I liked the .com button, as I’m sure lots of other people did, but I’m not going to go online and campaign to keep it. So what you have now is a vocal minority – 3000 people vs 10,000,000+ free installs and 1,000,000+ paid for installs – resulting in something that that majority didn’t necessarily want.

        A much better option would have been a toggle.

        • Justin

          Agreed! This is the way everything works; complainers complain and everyone else has to suffer the results! At least leave the option for individuals to choose. Why force everyone into your way of thinking? I’ll be shopping for a new keyboard!

    • http://www.guyrintoul.com/ grintoul

      Also, to add to what Rick said – quite aside from the fact that a lot of people hit it by accident when they were going for the space bar, it was next to useless for many non-US users, since the alternative options when long-pressing the key (.org & .net) are US domains, and there was no option to add very widely-used local domains such as .co.uk, .de & .ie. The whole thing was just ill thought-out.

    • Fabio Passarelli

      Well, I guess everyone wanted an option to toggle it on/off. I also removed Swiftkey for a while because of that. Extremely annoying. And true, it did take too much effort to get it out. I hope Swiftkey starts responding quicker to its users.

    • EeZeEpEe

      I never even used it because typing in web addresses into Chrome autocompletes it just fine.

    • Leon B

      I must say it never was a problem for me. I agree that it was also used and support the comments that it should not take that long to change.
      Was any feedback given as to what the developers position was on the change?

      Awesome keyboard though.

    • itfitz

      I still don’t understand why the .com key would be annoying to anyone. Please bring it back for those of us who used it frequently. (If the .com key annoyed you, please explain to us why it did. I seriously can’t understand how it could be annoying.)

  • http://likhaavat.blogspot.com/ maxq nz

    I like the option to show the arrow keys on SwiftKey, why is this option not available in SwiftKey Tablet?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Seriously. I don’t get that. We need this, the tablet UI in portrait on a Nexus 7 is no different than on a phone, yet we don’t have the option for arrows.

    • mprost

      I also want to know why, it doesn’t make sense to me and it is the one thing that is preventing me from buying the app.

      • Charlie Edmunds

        HI everyone – we are working on better layouts for larger screen sizes as we know this is important to a lot of our users.

  • Veenal

    Just got it and I love it!

  • Kaizaad Kermani

    wow just what i was looking for thanks

  • klausfeurich

    I’m facing connecting problems with the new version. Do I have to uninstall the beta before? Or can it be a problem with the German localized version only?

    • Charlie Edmunds

      We are having a couple of issues with high demand right now – you shouldn’t have to uninstall the Beta and it’s not specific to Germany. We’re hoping to have everything up and running soon.

  • Matheus Rangel

    Please, SwiftKey team, change the keyboard sound to the default keyboard sound of android
    And even add some more, this would be great

  • Rocco Gallo

    when are they going to update so that we can change the sounds

  • Malahierba

    Can you guys sync? It doesnt work for me….

    • Averix

      I have the beta and now that I’ve switched to the real version, it won’t let me sync. Not sure what the problem is. Debating deleting my account, but really not wanting to start over on my learning curve.

      • Guest

        I just reinstalled and it doesnt work….

        • Evan Tapper

          We’re having some issues with extremely high demand right now. We’ll get things resolved for you ASAP.

      • Malahierba

        Ok I got it. I had to revoke acces from my google account settings, sync works now.

  • Sharath

    No option to turn off automatic addition of space?
    Atleast make it to add space when i start typing next word,not after i type a word.

  • Don Honabach

    Sounds like a great release! Thank you for removing the ‘.com’ key, but I believe what was requested by the users was the ABILITY to turn off the ‘.com’ key or at least move it to the left side of the keyboard. If it is truly removed, you’ll most likely have a large camp of the user base that will complain that it’s gone. For me, the ‘.com’ key drives me nuts and I actually stopped using your keyboard because of it. Now that it’s gone, I’ll go back to it and you’ve made my day. That said, I know other users that love that key and will be upset that it’s gone. My two cents – in the next release make it an option to enable/disable this key and allow the user to select left or right hand side of the keyboard for placement.

  • Steve

    I notice you’ve closed “Disable prediction for hard keyboard” ( http://support.swiftkey.net/forums/116689-1-ideas-and-suggestions/suggestions/1907247-disable-prediction-for-hard-keyboard?tracking_code=93e222c626d5f73f634bddc87cf51417 ) – however, although things have greatly improved with the ability to control how predictions work with a hardware keyboard, you haven’t provided an option to turn them off completely, and that’s what the Idea/Suggestion was. It actually says “I don’t want to waste the space for the predictions when using the hard keyboard. Please add an option to disable Swiftkey when using the physical keyboard.”

    Well done for adding the options that you have though, as it does make things much better,

    • Charlie Edmunds

      You’re right Steve – sorry about the mixup. I’ve taken away the “completed” status, because we haven’t yet made it possible to completely remove the prediction bar from the screen when using the hard keyboard.

  • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

    Can we get some new themes as well? Thank you =)

  • Stefan Salzburger

    is your yahoo mail learning working? im using a yahoo.de mail and it tells me right after yahoo login and “agree” – that it failed and i should try it again

  • SkuterPL

    I think that delete.com key wasn’t good idea, I used it, but you should add smart key “.pl for Poland”, “.co.uk for UK” etc, the keyboard should know in which country we are and choose right version of dot key.

  • http://profile.13x.fr/ Alexandre L.

    Where is my ^ (circumflex) key on version 4.2 ?! :(

    • Charlie Edmunds

      We’re very sorry about this – we didn’t intend to take away your circumflex and we’ll have it back in the next update.
      For now, you can access the circumflex by tapping the 123 button, then the {&= button, to access the second symbols layout.
      (yes we know this is annoying and we are really very sorry)

  • Milind

    So the only way I get backup to cloud is through a Google+ account? If that’s so, forget it. Why not make it through my gmail account? I have ZERO interest in getting a Google+ account EVER.

    • Zach B.

      Your Gmail account is your Google + account… All Google accounts are linked together. (Youtube, Andrioid, Gmail, Google +, Maps, Drive, Calendar, etc)

      • sonicmoon

        .. but you need not ‘activate’ the Google+ features of your Google account, which leave it unactivated if never initiated, and dormant if initiated and then ‘turned off’ or inactive.

        • Charlie Edmunds

          Thanks for answering here – we are following the Google branding rules for our sign in button, which do look a bit as if you need a Google + account, but you’ll find that as long as you have a Google account (the address you use to sign into Google Play, Gmail, etc) then it will work. https://developers.google.com/+/branding-guidelines

  • digitalzen

    Everybody is ready with a bitch, but I’ll bet very few of them are coders. SwiftKey would be worth twice what it costs if it never got another upgrade.

    That said, I wouldn’t mind having the arrow keys on my tablet, although I do understand why they were considered superfluous.

  • Rehaan

    Question: each person in my family has an android phone with swift key. We all share a Nexus 7 with multiple user accounts (android 4.3 feature). Will swift key cloud sync each person’s keyboard so they get their own predictions on each user account?

    • Charlie Edmunds

      I’ve asked our devs and they say that you should be able to have a separate SwiftKey Cloud account for each user profile.

  • Ravi

    One big issue which was also there in the previous version: Whenever my device is restarted Swift key is not default keyboard and need to reselect as default keyboard everytime.

  • mike

    Complaining about the.com button was like complaining about school buses being yellow. If you didn’t like the features then you didn’t have to purchase the product. What about the thousands of people who want what they paid for?

    • Justin

      Read the comment above about the number of users that didn’t want it vs the number that purchased the product, you are in the minority. So, I ask the same question that you do; why shouldn’t I get what I paid for? It’s like buying a car and when you bring it in for a service and they remove the navigation that you paid for. How is that right?

  • vampyren

    Finally! Thanks allot for this, now i feel safe knowing all my effort wont go to waste if i change phone.

  • mznormann

    Why do we have to sign in using Google+ to sign in now? I don’t want to sign up for that.

    • Charlie Edmunds

      You don’t have to sign up for Google+, just sign in using your Google email address.

  • awraynor

    SwiftKey and larger screens. THE 2 biggest reasons I stay with Android rather than an iPhone. SwiftKey is awesome and Apple should just buy you and make it the default keyboard.

  • Isaac

    PLEASE give me the option to turn the. Com button back on! Now I have to type 3 extra characters every time I go to a Web site!?

    Not trying to be an internet jerk here…..

  • mike

    So now that you have removed the .com key, will you be sending me notifications counting all the added keystrokes you have cost me?

  • Fabrizio Mentrasti

    Please add the option to ability three suggestion when we flow. With only one suggestion is very difficult that swiftkey suggest the right word that we want to swipe.

  • Jaimon Kuriakose

    We need an option to add new words to the Dictionary by logging in to the SK website.

  • paperhouse

    Purchased sk3 on my old phone, screen cracked, activated new phone, now I have to repurchase it? a little help,please.

  • Rbbartho

    When are you going to add spell check to underline all mistakes and correct AFTER the message is written. It is too distracting trying to correct misspelled words while I write . Kinda like MS Word. Get it??

  • jon

    unable to sync for months/doens’t remember words. switching back to stock keyboard.

    http://support.swiftkey.net/forums/116693-2-bug-reports/suggestions/4358679-no-cloud-sync-

    pls fix this.