Among the third party keyboards available for Android and iOS devices, SwiftKey is considered one of the best. But popular as it is, SwiftKey is not immune to bugs and performance issues.
However, its developers must have figured them out because a new update is being deployed right now, and this time around, it looks like it is going to take care of most of the lingering problems.
One of the enhancements brought on by the update is that the keyboard now appears 15 percent to 20 percent faster. The developers wanted to minimize the gap between the time the users clicks on a text box and the time the keyboard actually displays. They made this possible by reportedly via a "cold load" method in which the SwiftKey app is stored in cache in order to maximize speeds in displaying the keyboard.
Just as the keyboard appears quicker, so is its exit. The new SwiftKey update does exactly that -- allowing the keyboard to leave your display screen 20 percent to 30 percent faster.
Another thing the latest update makes quick is the amount of time it takes to switch between fields. Consider this scenario: when composing text messages, you sometimes send a text, then quickly tap the field again in order for the keyboard to re-appear. The newest update makes this process 15 percent to 50 percent quicker.
As for users with lightning-fast fingers, they will be glad to know that the latest Swiftkey update has made the keyboard app even more responsive. How fast is the improvement in responsiveness? The SwiftKey team is saying that it will be 10 percent to 18 percent more responsive.
Also, the latest update comes with 12 new languages including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali, and Sinhalese, among many others. That now brings the total of SwiftKey's supported languages to 81.
Other features include easier editing of capitalization, emoji prediction support for 14 additional languages (including Bulgarian, Finnish, Romanian, and Ukrainian), and a host of bug fixes.
Those expecting a major change in the keyboard's design and theme may be disappointed. But it should be noted that SwiftKey just released its Material Design keyboard theme pack just a few days ago. Users who want to customize how their SwiftKey keyboards look would do well to check out that theme pack.
The update should be made available via Play Store any time now. For those who have not tried downloading SwiftKey yet, they can do so by visiting here.
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