SwiftKey 301 brings new themes, languages and bug fixes

Rejoice, Android keyboard enthusiasts! SwiftKey announced today that it's pushing out an update to its popular virtual keyboard that brings new themes, languages and bug fixes. Version 3.0.1 incorporates two new summer themes -- Sky blue and Fuchsia -- and bumps the language count to 44 with the addition of Malay and Urdu. The keyboard now also supports continuous dictation with Google voice typing on Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. Most important, however, are a plethora of tweaks, performance improvements and bug fixes designed to further improve the SwiftKey user experience. We've been using the update for a few hours now on AT&T's red Galaxy S III and it definitely makes our favorite Android virtual keyboard even better. Hit the break for screenshots of the new themes plus the full PR.

SwiftKey 301 brings new themes, languages and bug fixes

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SwiftKey announces new update to SwiftKey 3

SwiftKey today is unveiling two colorful new themes to celebrate summer - Sky and Fuchsia and adding two new languages, Malay and Urdu, which takes the total to 44.

The update, version 3.0.1, also includes a host of bug fixes and improvements to ensure the user experience is better than ever, whatever browser or device you choose. If you like to talk rather than type you'll be happy to know that SwiftKey now incorporates Google voice typing for continuing dictation, if you are using Android Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean (4.0 or 4.1).

Predictions now appear in Google Now and the Jelly Bean web browser, as well as Dolphin HD and the HTC notes app; SwiftKey's done substantial work on the "doubledouble" problems in Google Chrome and Firefox (where text repeats or corrupts in web fields when backspacing); the jumpy cursor in Chrome has also been fixed; and the smiley button is back in GTalk! Additionally, we've improved behavior on Samsung Galaxy S3 devices.

The full list of fixes and changes is below.

The new version is available for smartphones and tablets via Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and AndroidPIT and is free of charge to current users. There is also a one-month trial available, as always.

Dr Ben Medlock, SwiftKey co-founder and CTO, said the latest update shows the team's commitment to our customers, "Themes and languages are often the most discussed topics on our community and we're positive our users will be excited to get their hands on more."

"We've also worked hard to roll out improvements and bug fixes as quickly as possible as we know having a smooth user experience is vital."

The update comes after a phenomenal response to the launch of SwiftKey 3. It shot SwiftKey back up to the top of the global paid-apps chart on Google Play to critical acclaim.

FULL DETAILS

- Look and feel
New Themes: Two new themes for summer, Sky and Fuchsia.

- User Experience
General performance improvements;
Improved application compatibility;

- Improvements
Google voice typing for Android 4.0 and 4.1 users - now allows continuous dictation

- Chrome
Fixed Doubledouble problems;
Fixed Jumpy cursor problems;

- Dolphin HD browser
Now has predictions.

- Firefox
Fixed Doubledouble problems;

- Google Now
Now has predictions;

-HTC notes app
Predictions in the HTC notes app;

- Jelly Bean stock browser
Now has predictions;

-Samsung default mail client app
Fixed selection problems on the Samsung Galaxy S3;
Fixed crashes on the Samsung Galaxy S3.

KNOWN ISSUES

- Chrome
Arrow keys still not functional due to restrictions from the browser - we're looking for workarounds;
Predictions do not update when coming back from sleep, need to set selection a couple of times to make them re-sync - have informed Google of this bug;

- Jellybean stock browser
Arrow keys do not work due to restrictions from the browser - we're looking for workarounds;

NEW LANGUAGES

Two new supported languages added, bringing the total to 44: Malay and Urdu.

BUG FIXES

Fixed the following issues:
Font size and indentation inconsistencies in preference menus;
Font size too large on the sharable Heatmap;
GTalk smiley button has gone in JellyBean
Handle the case where languagePacks.json somehow gets set to "readonly"
Punctuation does not always auto correct
Reports of performance lag on some devices for some users;
Swedish localization problems for key height settings;
Theme list wrong after upgrade 2.2 -> 3.0;
Twitter personalization does not handle OAuthException gracefully;
When composing, after an auto-completing punctuation character, selecting the prediction inserts it twice.