SwiftKey has solely lately acquired an replace that made lots of its followers sad with modifications to the toolbar. A brand new launch to the beta channel does not mitigate these points, however it packs some much-needed enhancements: SwiftKey’s settings have been fully redesigned with a extra standard interface that now additionally helps Android 10’s darkish mode. The keyboard itself does not swap themes routinely but, although, and typing stats are fully gone. Child steps.

Left: The SwiftKey settings of outdated. Center & Proper: The brand new SwiftKey settings of their white and darkish theme variants.

Beforehand, SwiftKey’s settings have been populated by 4 giant buttons that took you to totally different subsections and an space devoted solely to your typing stats. Within the beta replace, the top-level sections have been reorganized to be extra granular from the get-go, providing you with entry to options that have been beforehand largely hidden within the typing part. For instance, you possibly can entry emoji, format, and voice enter settings with out further faucets now. Microsoft has additionally determined that it is time to put its personal title entrance and heart following its 2016 acquisition, because the app bar title has been renamed from “SwiftKey Keyboard” to “Microsoft SwiftKey.” The app settings additionally already respect Android 10’s system-wide darkish theme, although the keyboard itself does not simply but.

The typing stats have been fully faraway from the keyboard. I do not assume that is a foul resolution for the reason that acknowledged percentage-based enhancements in writing velocity have to be taken with a grain of salt — in any case, SwiftKey does not have entry to different keyboards’ writing stats in your cellphone it might correctly examine itself towards.

What’s new in v7.4.9.9

  • Your SwiftKey Keyboard now helps darkish mode. Darkish mode is accessible as an choice on Android 10 (and better).
  • Your SwiftKey Settings now provide a brand-new look. We’ve redesigned Settings to make issues simpler to seek out and your SwiftKey Keyboard simpler to customise. Go test it out by urgent the ‘Cog’ icon in your Toolbar or tapping your SwiftKey app icon out of your machine app drawer.

It is a bummer that keyboard themes aren’t routinely switching in line with the system-wide darkish or gentle mode but, however Microsoft will doubtless add that performance as a part of one other app replace. The present modifications are dwell in beta model 7.4.9.9, which you’ll obtain on the Play Retailer. Because it’s an additional itemizing, you should use the keyboard’s steady launch alongside it.

SwiftKey Beta
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