SwiftKey Beta now colors the navigation bar to match the keyboard
Swiftkey keyboard is among the most popular and most used third-party keyboards available for Android. Besides making predictions accurately and learning your typing preferences, Swiftkey offers many themes and customization options like the ability to create your own themes. Swiftkey is now getting a new option to color the navigation bar automatically as per the keyboard’s theme, some new features for the Incognito mode, and support for a new language.
With the latest version of Swiftkey Beta, the color of the navigation bar will match the primary color of the keyboard. I find the new addition really palatable and the feature works well with the majority of the available themes. I tried a handful of those on the Swiftkey keyboard to see how the colors turn out. Here are a few examples:
The themes with solid colors work seamlessly, but some with gradients, neon colors, or more intricate backgrounds like “Snowy Sky” in the screenshots might not work very well. The feature is still in beta, which means we can expect better integration when it arrives on the stable version.
Apart from this customization enhancement, Swiftkey also added support for a new language: Karakalpak. The Swiftkey Beta update also brings the secondary characters back in the Incognito mode and makes the watermark more transparent.
Curiously, the theming feature does not work on my Honor 6X running EMUI 8.0 based on Android Oreo, but it does work on the Pocophone (POCO F1) running Android Pie-based MIUI 10. We’ll update the article once we can be sure about who to blame – EMUI or Android Oreo. But meanwhile, you can try out some of the themes and let us know how that works out for you.