Android users typing away with Microsoft's SwiftKey app will be getting some new features today. The company has updated the virtual keyboard app with several improvements. Chief among them are improved predictions for easier and more intuitive typing.
The update introduces personalized predictions for users. To implement this, SwiftKey looks into predictions based on Outlook email content. Yes, that means you will need to have Microsoft email client to get this new ability.
If you are not an Outlook user, the SwiftKey Android update is not a wash out. The release also comes with support for the following languages: Acehnese, Kurpian, Kiribati, Nauruan, Jamaican Creole, Persian (Latin), Mingrelian & Mizo. As always, Microsoft has squashed numerous bugs for a smoother experience.
SwiftKey is once again Microsoft's sole focus in terms of virtual keyboards. The company dabbled with Word Flow on iOS, an “experimental” deck. That experiment lasted a year, but Microsoft shuttered Word Flow earlier this year.
However, many of Word Flow's core features were killer. the keyboard featured an arc mode layout, which makes tapping away with one hand easy. Another interesting feature was intelligent dictionary, which takes words you type and learns them for future use.
Either way, SwiftKey is where it is at if you want a Microsoft-powered virtual keyboard. Android users of the app got keypress sounds for the first time in March. There are four sound profiles now available, Traditional, Android, Modern, and Blip.
Microsoft acquired SwiftKey early in 2016 for $250 million, and said at the time “We'll continue to develop SwiftKey's market-leading keyboard apps for Android and iOS as well as explore scenarios for the integration of the core technology across the breadth of our product and services portfolio.”