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(Update: now in Play Store) SwiftKey 6.0 has dual-word predictive goodness, UI changes and more
Update, November 6: Version 6 of the SwiftKey keyboard app has made the jump from beta to general availability to the public. Get it now in the Play Store.
Original post, October 23: October is turning out to be a good month for SwiftKey users. Just a couple of weeks ago we were given the opportunity to enjoy early access to neural networks, and now the company has updated its standard keyboard app to Beta 6.0 on the Google Play Store. The build is billed as the “biggest bundle of new features and improvements…since making SwiftKey free for everyone last year” and includes:
• Double-Word Prediction adds a new dimension to the predictions you see, helping you type faster than ever.
• The settings menu has been rebuilt from the ground up to make sure you can find settings and fine tune your experience. Inserting emoji is now faster, smoother and more intuitive.
• Carbon Light is another free theme that’s a distinctively SwiftKey flavor of Google’s Material Design approach.
The double-word predictive input will no doubt appeal to users, and the company has the following to say about it on its official blog:
For the first time, we’ve taken SwiftKey’s mind-reading accuracy to the next level with the introduction of Double-Word Prediction. SwiftKey will now predict the next two words you’re likely to type at the same time, resulting in a much faster (up to 2x) experience for you than ever before. In true SwiftKey style, the Double-Word Prediction feature will continue to capture the phrases that matter most to you to truly embody your personal writing style.The feature is a seamless new addition to the app and you won’t need to do anything beyond look out for the two word display in your usual prediction bar – applicable in every single language (over 100!) we support in our library.
Please be aware that the Beta might not work perfectly with every Android device, and that given its pre-release state, bugs or other glitches may be present.
You can download SwiftKey Beta 6.0 from the Google Play Store here: