SwiftKey Flow: Your Thoughts?

Posted Dec 11, 2012 at 1:48 am in Threads > Apps

I’ve been using the SwiftKey Flow Beta for a few days now and I have a feel for what I like and dislike. I’m looking to compile a list of what the community likes and dislikes to submit to the SwiftKey team. If you agree with an existing point, reiterate so I can weight comments accordingly.

Here’s what we think about SwiftKey’s first attempt at gaining ground on Swype (so far). Numbers like this (2) mean how many people think this opinion.

Comments have been submitted to the SwiftKey team:
Thanks for the feedback. Also, please pass my direct thanks on to the rest of the Androidandme community for participating in this Beta.

Many of the issues that you mentioned have already been either posted as Known Issues or we’ve collected these reports after listening to what you all have to say. Our team constantly strives to provide everyone with the best keyboard created. I’ve said this before in many ways because it’s true: We wouldn’t be where we are without listening to feedback. I know this. The SwiftKey Team knows it.

Kindly,

Evan
Like:

  • It’s SwiftKey that we know and love
  • But you can swipe around if you like (but don’t have to) (2)
  • You can swipe multiple words (2)
  • It’s in semi-open beta, meaning you can try it for free
  • Future Google Play availability

No Like:

  • Swiping multiple words means if you make a mistake bad enough, you lose all your work and every word since you started the chain (ie it gets confused and just clears everything on that swipe). (3)
  • No more “swipe left to delete” whole word. This is a big change that takes a lot of time to get used to. (3)
  • Swiping around reduces your options for choosing a word. You get just the one prediction since you can’t lift to select. Includes inability to go back and correct prior words with suggestions intact, poor suggestions (5)
  • There are many slowdowns at times where the keyboard crawls, producing words seconds after they are entered. Battery implications, especially for older devices. (2)
  • Typing “Three” and like words are problematic (ie Three vs thee vs the) without choices to choose post-flow. (2)
  • No flow allowed in username and passwords field. Moreso for usernames and web addresses in browser bar, etc.
  • SwiftKey-like learning of flowing style is absent – it takes many tries to get the right word sometimes.
  • Flow disabled on landscape on Tablet version

It suffers from trying to be great like SwiftKey….but also including Swype-like features. Maybe the best at touch typing can’t be combined with a flowing typing style app.

What are your thoughts on SwiftKey Flow?

  • Jeffdwisc

    I agree. I am not finding the guesses of flow to be as good as swipe. For example, I cannot flow type the word ‘three’. It always wants to type ‘the’.

    I think SwiftKey is great, but am not in love with flow so far. Probably my biggest complaint is that if I want to go back and fix an incorrect word, and my options of alternative words are maxed at three. I’m finding that none of the three is the word I was looking for. It definitely has potential, but I don’t think it is there yet.

    • alexanderharri3

      Yes, swype is nice with the multiple word alternatives. I do like SwiftKey and the ability to swipe out a word when needed.

    • R_Leslie

      I’ve had the same experience with the quesses and the corrections. I’ve gone back to swype.

    • celo175

      Agreed it seems to be mistaking quite a bit of predictions

    • awesomellamas57

      I don’t mind SwiftKey Flow. Just remember it’s still in beta mode and things are still being tested. I’m keeping it, for now at least, to see how it goes.

  • MagikalTrev

    Swiftkey Flow is fantastic in many ways, though as you stated OP there are many issues to be fixed. These issues are very apparent to all, this does not mean they have extensive issues. Overall I seem to get the idea that they do a great job of integrating both and feel no restrictions using swiftkey for what its great at in certain situations I know the flow features wont excel at. Generally we can just appreciate the new ventures of this great keyboard app and understand it as one thing: BETA
    Cheers

    • alexanderharri3

      That is a good point: beta. Good input. I was hoping to collect some opinions and send a good summary out to the SwiftKey team to improve the app for release with this thread.

  • alexanderharri3

    I also forgot one of the big future advantages to flow: Google play availability.

  • bdub

    Definite potential, and something I’ll try out throughout development but I’m pretty well hooked currently on the JB “swyping” ability. Its guesses have been the most accurate for me personally.

    • alexanderharri3

      I haven’t had the chance to try the jb keyboard… Maybe next phone. There also haven’t been many follow ups from initial reviews on the stock jelly bean keyboard with swiping.

  • MarcusJ

    I won’t go on about what it is good at because they know that. I will touch on points I dislike. I have used Swiftkey and Swype and settled on Swype, once I heard about flew coming I could hardly contain myself. All of what Swype offers with the prediction of Swiftkey….. Amazing! Well, not exactly. I am missing the accuracy of Swype and how it corrects for my wild Swype attempts at words, Swype is flawless at this. I am missing the use of flow in all settings life the browser bar, search and password fields. I also think they need a flow for double letters and Swype left to delete. Swype also has the ability to go back and click on a word to correct it later and it still remembers the suggestions for you Swype. Finally it does not seem to be learning my flowing style nor my way of communicating like Swiftkey does. I used flow to type this message and it took countless deletes on misses. I will use for a bit longer but it looks like they missed the boat here, even for a beta. Me biggest let down of the year :’(

    • alexanderharri3

      Good point about the learning part. It doesn’t seem to learn from flows as much as SwiftKey learns from typing. Learning from words used is one thing they do very well, but they don’t seem to learn from how things are flowed. I’ve personally switched back to SwiftKey 3 for any major typing for a few reasons, with two being flow mistakes and lack of back to delete.

  • MarcusJ

    Forgot to mention that Swype had never shown on my list of battery users, Swiftkey does every day

  • gh0st665

    Lurking. This is relevant to my interests.

  • Brandon Thomas

    my gripe is no swipe in landscape version on the tablets. otherwise i like it.

    • alexanderharri3

      I see where they’d be coming from about swiping on a landscape 10″ tablet, that’s a lot of distance to cover. Swiping would be quite useful on a 7-8″ tablet. I’ve included your thought in the original post.

      • Brandon Thomas

        Thanks! I agree with your assessment. That would be a lot of ground to cover, but would still be nice.

  • sivart79

    I like that it is an option and not the main way of using it. It’s good for when I need to one thumb it!

    • alexanderharri3

      Very true, Flow has a much better touch type experience built into Flow than Swype has – but Swype still has Flow in many regions (hopefully the SwiftKey team can work on our suggestions to improve it and bring it to the Play store as an awesome app)

  • hollywoodfrodo

    Well, obviously they need to find a way to bring back a “Swipe right to left to delete whole previous word” feature, but other than that, it’s pretty good. In general I prefer typing and using SwiftKey’s word prediction feature. However, having the option to “flow” when I only have one had or something is great and the word prediction seems to do a fairly good job. I’m sure it’ll only get better as they look at everyone’s feedback and make some tweaks.

  • alexanderharri3

    Alright everyone, last chance to add your comments before I submit the aggregate suggestions to the SwiftKey team. I’ll be submitting on Friday afternoon.

  • Chris Lewis

    I just dont use the flow and type normally

    • alexanderharri3

      Sounds like SwiftKey 3 is the keyboard for you. Well worth the couple bucks.

      • Chris Lewis

        I already have it! got it form Amazon app store as one of their free daily apps. I flash roms all the time and swiftkey 3 is always the first app I download.

        • Chris Lewis

          To whoever is making it their mission to find all my comments and down vote them, please stop acting like a child and grow up…

  • alexanderharri3

    Submitted to SwiftKey, thanks everyone for your feedback.

  • alexanderharri3

    From the SwiftKey team:

    Thanks for the feedback. Also, please pass my direct thanks on to the rest of the Androidandme community for participating in this Beta.

    Many of the issues that you mentioned have already been either posted as Known Issues or we’ve collected these reports after listening to what you all have to say. Our team constantly strives to provide everyone with the best keyboard created. I’ve said this before in many ways because it’s true: We wouldn’t be where we are without listening to feedback. I know this. The SwiftKey Team knows it.

    Kindly,

    Evan

  • TheVoodoo

    It took me a few days but I’ve finally gotten used to it; however, I won’t be able to use it daily, until a swipe to delete feature or equivalent is implemented.

  • dbcher

    I prefer swype but swiftkey is not too bad.
    Once they work on some of the swyping functions….. swiftkey may bet another chance from me.

  • tylerfoy

    I enjoy it in general, but I find there are some inaccuracies with some words. Theres only a little polishing that needs to be done.

  • http://spmvs.com Adam Spriggs

    I like it for the most part. I keep getting frustrated in the spots where the flow is not allowed. I like number and long-press key configuration. I don’t like how the backspace deletes the whole word at a time. Performance-wise, it’s been pretty good.

  • Sambomojo

    I think over time it will become really awesome, it’s just not there yet. Definitely a few kinks to work out. Until then, I’m back to regular SwiftKey and occasionally Swype. Android 4.2 keyboard aint bad either.

  • ibap

    I really did want the flow functionality. I’m thinking that the training process has started all over again, so it’s like starting SwiftKey from scratch. Here’s hoping it learns and the predictions get better.

  • LadyDi

    The neon looks so pretty but my thumb hurt using it too much. I’ll switch back and forth. Swiftkey is just an awesome app. Forget anything else.

  • sonicdeathmunky

    I’m not sure if it’s enough of an improvement over the stock Jelly Bean keyboard to bother with. I find it’s “swiping” abilities good enough.

  • Daniel Hakimi

    I want a keyboard that works like SwiftKey, but feels and looks like stock 4.2.