Forget about the whole Android versus iOS battle, when it comes to third party keyboards, things get really bloody really fast. Some people prefer the stock keyboard that Google builds into Android, others swear by Swype, and then there’s SwiftKey. SwiftKey is easily our favorite, and with their new “Flow Through Space” feature, we’re even more in love. Here’s how it works: Instead of having to swipe a word, lift up your finger, swipe another word, and so on and so forth, now all you have to do is swipe over the spacebar to insert a space. Put another way, you never have to take your finger off the screen. Confused? Just watch the video below.
Will Google bake this feature into Android? Why wouldn’t they? Google pretty much stole Swype when they came out with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. We wouldn’t be surprised to see them steal “Flow Through Space” when they announce Key Lime Pie in 2013. Why doesn’t Google simply buy SwiftKey? We honestly have no idea. It seems like such an obvious thing to do, but then again maybe the SwiftKey team wants to stay independent? Maybe they’re fine with the lives they’re currently living and don’t want to move just to take on a new job? We’ll never really know.
Anyway, it’s kind of funny now that we think about the market today. When the iPhone came out, and then Android a year later, there were people who swore that they’d never get a touch screen device. That hitting physical keys was the only way they’d ever want to use a smartphone. The total lack of QWERTY devices today is a testament to how far we’ve come with touch keyboard technology.
Imagine how much better they’ll be in another five years?