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Swiftkey updated, introduces performance improvements and more

A new update to Swiftkey has arrived, bringing performance improvements that greatly reduce lag and other issues that the keyboard is known to have.
July 29, 2014

There’s a lot to like about Swiftkey, such as its excellent prediction engine and decent emoji. One area where it’s not so great is its tendency to lag from time to time. Thankfully a new update is rolling out that promises to improve this situation.

In addition to improving overall performance, the update introduces plenty of other bug fixes and improvements that have to do with Yahoo personalization, forced closes and other issues. Here’s the full change log:

  • Improved typing performance
  • Improved translations
  • Improved keyboard loading time
  • Improved Flow performance
  • Fix for the bottom row being hidden in some devices
  • Fixed Yahoo! personalization
  • Fixed background disappearing issue in some themes
  • Fixed various other force closes and crashes

So does the update really make a difference, like Swiftkey claims? It seems to depend on who you ask. A quick look around various blogs, forums and Reddit shows that while some folks say the lag is gone, others say its as bad as ever. For what it’s worth, I personally use Swiftkey as my main keyboard (not a fan of Android L’s keyboard) and have found that the whole experience does seem a little snappier on my Nexus 5. The keyboard also seems to load up quicker than before.

In addition to bringing us plenty of improvements, Swiftkey also has added new themes to its store: Spotlight Purple, Edge Green, Pulse Yellow, Pulse Pink and Hazy Pink. Swiftkey is also holding a sale that applies to many of its existing themes, bringing prices down 33% for a limited time. To grab the latest version of Swiftkey, you’ll want to head on over to Google Play.

For those that have downloaded it already, what do you think? Has the speed and overall lag improved for you?