On Tuesday evening SwiftKey took to their blog to formally announce that a new major update had arrived for the beta version of their app.

The biggest change here is that there is a newly redesigned emoji keyboard UI with a backspace bar, swipe gestures to switch tabs, and a few general layout changes as well. Beyond the change to the keyboard, there is also a plethora of bug fixes and other under-the-hood changes that should address keyboard freezing, issues when syncing and more.

Here’s the full change-log of what to expect from the new update:

  • Secondary characters on the top letter row modified when number row is enabled
  • Redesigned emoji UI including new space and backspace bar, swipe gestures to switch emoji tab and changes to how the layout works under the hood
  • Fixed performance issues when switching between tabs
  • Emoji now appear larger
  • Fixed issue where emoji still predicted even when disabled
  • General memory problems fixed
  • Fixed issue where Ice theme used extra RAM
  • Fixed keyboard freezes
  • Fixed issues when syncing
  • Fixed problem with Trending Phrases not updating
  • Fixed incorrect vibration feedback when scrolling

As you can see, there are quite a few improvements to the latest beta that should make it more stable and enjoyable. For those looking for a more stable experience however, you’re probably better off with the official version, which you can grab through Google Play.

If you’d like to give the Beta a spin or learn more information about the latest changes, you’ll want to head over to Swiftkey’s official blog or click here to download the beta’s APK.

Andrew Grush
Andrew Grush has been with Team AA for 5 years now. He's passionate about tech, writing, gaming, and doing his best to help grow the AA team.