Swiftkey’s New Flow Keyboard Emulates Swype, Still Looks Awesome

There’s little question that SwiftKey’s new “Flow” keyboard takes a page right out of Swype’s playbook, as SwiftKey is definitely looking to counter the uber-popular Swype style of message. SwiftKey calls it “gliding” over the screen and says it incorporates its existing word prediction engine, which can analyze your writing styles to help predict your next word choice to help make typing faster. SwiftKey says the system can correctly predict around 30% of all next-words before any characters are entered, and 84% of next words are predicted accurately after two characters.

“We built SwiftKey Flow from the ground up using a completely new approach that harnesses the power of our powerful prediction engine. It’s our technology and we’ve patented it,” the company tells TechCrunch. “There’s nothing else out there that is able to predict, with such personalized accuracy, what you want to type from the moment your finger starts gliding on the screen. This is thanks to our use of natural language processing and machine learning through each and every innovation we create.”

SwiftKey CEO Jon Reynolds added in a statement: “We know our users have different tastes and habits — this way they’ll get to choose what style of writing suits them best without compromising the power of the predictions.”

Futhermore, SwiftKey believes that there is room in the keyboard market for two similar style keyboards and denies they are directly copying Swype. “There have been several continuous input keyboards in the past that have been supported by the market, so of course there is scope for further innovation, especially when you consider that we sell not just to OEMs, but also directly to consumers,” the company says.

The company says their new Flow keyboard will likely release sometime in the first quarter of next year, but you can try and get early access by registering as a SwiftKey VIP member.

It may steer off the T-Mobile path, but SwiftKey remains one of the very best Android applications I’ve ever discovered and one that I would highly recommend.

TechCrunch via SwiftKey

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  • eurohomie

    It looks really cool.. I’m tired of Swype beta’s orange and regular swype’s blue…

    • Logan

      You know the new version has different themes right?

      • eurohomie

        I’m stuck on a sidekick.. I try not to download new things that slow it down even more… but thanks for informing me maybe I’ll try it out when i get my note II

        • Logan

          No problem. But yeah, the newest update to the beta added like 10 themes to choose from

  • TheReder

    I’ll definitely give it a try. I like the idea of Swiftkey, but tap-tap-tap-tapping on a screen is so…. 2007. Swype is quiet, one handed, accurate and graceful. If they can combine the powerful prediction engine in Swiftkey with the beauty and comfort of Swype, they have a surefire winner on their hands.

  • JBLmobileG1

    So this is a new keyboard altogether? I was actually wondering when or if they would ever have a Swipe type feature on SwiftKey. I wonder if current users of SwiftKey will get it for free or at least some type of discount. I know I am interested because this is a feature I have been waiting for without having to jump back to Swipe.

  • squiggleslash

    Does it allow you to disable the “Pressing “Space” means “I’ve finished typing the word, now please replace it with a random word from the dictionary that I never typed that you think I intended despite the fact that if the word was in the dictionary I’d have friggin’ swyped it and wouldn’t be painstakingly typing it in” feature that all the other word tracing keyboards have?

    Because that’s really, really, annoying me at the moment. Even the keyboards that have a “Disable suggestions” thing more often than not don’t, actually, either disable the suggestions or their definition of “space” when you tell them to. I swear keyboards are getting dumber.

  • Lanh Nguyen

    when this gets released I’m ditching swype because I know swiftkey is going to be much better. Swype is awesome but I hate how the keyboard is laid out and the bottom two rows are not centered. Also the manual input is not as great as Swiftkey’s.

  • Benjamin@tmo

    I have been using Swiftkey for about a year and HOLY CRAP do I love it. I liked swype but it wasn’t as fast as I wanted nor as good as I wanted. THIS is what I’ve been needing! I’m stoked to see it finally launched. I’ll be purchasing it DAY 1! If anyone has yet to try out Swiftkey X, give it a go. I love it. PLUS you can change how long it takes for the key to change like when holding Q to get 1 put in. I have mine at like . seconds…. No more waiting 5 minutes to do it! So much faster than switching back and forth between SYM and ABC. Anyways, give it a go! They have a free trial on the PlayStore.

  • http://twitter.com/ClarkKent113 Kal-El

    FINALLY. I’ve been wanting the ease and intuitiveness of Swype with the prediction power of Swiftkey.

  • Mike in FL

    I love Swiftkey. I used Swype for a while and like it, but nits predictiveness wasn’t that great.

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    I use the paid version of SwiftKey 3, it’s fantastic. The word prediction is spot on, it’s amazing to say the least. This new Swype version will have it all and that is the answer. Bring it on. Thank You SwiftKey.

  • thepanttherlady

    How secure is this app?

    I downloaded the free version to check out but I have to agree to it collecting everything I type including credit card numbers and personal data.