In the world of gesture typing, there are two big keyboards that most users know about. The first being Swype, which comes pre-installed on quite a few Android phones nowadays, and the latest keyboard from Android 4.2. One is an old favorite, and the other is the new hotness. There is now even newer hotness out there for users to try out. Most are familiar with SwiftKey. Now, SwiftKey Flow beta is available for free for everyone to try out.
The SwiftKey Flow beta comes with all the goodies that comes with the latest SwiftKey goodies including predictive text, theming, and the ability to learn your grammar and typing tendencies from your email, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. The big deal, though, is its new gesture typing functionality.
It’s a beta, so there are some issues reported. Sometimes, words don’t get saved to the dictionary. It doesn’t have the same gesture functions as Swype, so typing words like “it’s,” “they’re,” or “I’ll” means you have to swipe the letters and hope the predictive text gets it on the first try. Additionally, typing website URLs can be challenging, as SwiftKey Flow likes to add spaces after every period. Other than that, people have reported that it works remarkably well. Swype finally faced some good competition with the Android 4.2 gesture typing. Now, it seems a third contender has taken to the gesture typing field.