Jul 23 AT 3:00 PM Dustin Earley 6 Comments

SwiftKey introduces Cloud services for backup, sync, trending phrases and more


SwiftKey, one of the most popular Android keyboard replacement apps, is about to be upgraded in a big way. Announced on the SwiftKey blog, SwiftKey Cloud has officially entered beta today, featuring dictionary backup, syncing across devices and access to trending phrases.

SwiftKey, for those of you who aren’t in the know, is a keyboard replacement app that analyzes your past communications in texts, emails and social media posts to not only help predict the words you are typing out, concurrent words in a sentence as well. It learns more as you use the keyboard, making predictions much better over time. For anyone who regularly switches phones or uses multiple devices, there has always been one big flaw in SwiftKey. Every time you install SwiftKey on a new device, you have to start from scratch. Or if you’re using it on two devices, those devices can’t share information to SwiftKey, so you have to keep teaching different installs of SwiftKey the same thing. That changes today.

Now, with SwiftKey Cloud, your personalized dictionary, all the things you’ve taught SwiftKey, will be uploaded to the cloud. If you install SwiftKey on a new device, you can log into SwiftKey Cloud and all the work you’ve put into SwiftKey will be ready and waiting for you. If you use multiple devices, everything will sync across those devices. SwiftKey is also introducing enhanced personalization with SwiftKey Cloud to better recognize common phrases you regularly use.

As if that wasn’t enough, SwiftKey also announced a new trending phrases feature that will “analyze Twitter and other news sources to sift out the most relevant daily discussions and trending topics.” SwiftKey will know that it’s football season, know that a player is making headlines for whatever reason, and know you’re trying to discuss that reason. Names, places and phrases from news headlines and pop culture will automatically show up in SwiftKey’s suggestion bar as soon as you start typing them.

Once the beta period is over, which you can get in on by visiting SwiftKey’s beta website, all of the features announced with SwiftKey Cloud will be available for free with the purchased app. No extra subscriptions or charges required.

Source: SwiftKey

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  • Matt

    This is nice although when I used swype they had all these features for some time now this is just SwiftKey playing catchup.

  • Rajesh Narayanan

    Great to know it will be made available to those who already purchased. There have been some devs who just create a whole new paid app with a couple of updates over the old one. Nice to note SwiftKey isn’t among them!

    The “trending phrase” concept seems interesting. I hope they make the content regional as well. For eg., people in India wouldn’t care about NFL and I expect the same to be true for Cricket in the USA. Will try the beta soon.

    • Ruth at SwiftKey

      Hi Rajesh thank you for your comment. Trending Phrases is localized for users of these language packs at the moment: US English, UK English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Korean, Indonesian and Arabic.

      This means we’re analyzing news sources and social media discussions in countries where these languages are spoken. Localized support for more languages will be coming soon.

      Ruth at SwiftKey

  • donger

    To the cloud!

  • rob

    OK having tested this program against Google Android keyboard with similar swipe features it looses… badly. And there is no way in hell I am letting them store everything I type in my email etc come on people that’s a security risk, think about it.I mean seriously, you are literally giving them access to most if not all of your communications… and you are paying them for it. It still won’t be as good as the Android keyboard that you can get for free… which isn’t a security risk.

  • Rob

    Now if we can just get bulk dictionary editing…