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SwiftKey Beta gets a new update, adds redesigned emoji UI and plenty of bug fixes

On Tuesday night Swiftkey officially announced a new version of its beta app, adding quite a few bug fixes and a redesigned emoji keyboard layout. Keep reading for more details!
January 15, 2014

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.