Over the last month, we’ve announced multiple phases of our SwiftKey for Android beta – including a brand new look in the form of SwiftKey Hub, the next stage of our partnership with password management experts Dashlane, and new adaptive layouts and languages for speakers of Indian languages, among other changes. Today, this latest big update to SwiftKey Keyboard for Android is officially available to everyone on Google Play.
SwiftKey Hub is designed to be the home for all of the content and features you use most often. The Hub replaces the subset of settings previously accessible via long-pressing the ‘123’ key; you can tap or slide on the ‘hamburger’ menu on the far left of the prediction bar for quick access to Personalize, the SwiftKey Store, and Settings.
Inspired by Google’s Material Design language, the Hub makes it easy for you to configure SwiftKey exactly the way you want it. Since the beta, the Hub has undergone a few changes, for example the color scheme has been updated with a lighter look.
In addition to being a faster and easier way to access the SwiftKey Store, the Hub features a carousel of themes you’ve already downloaded as well as built-in free themes for quick and easy browsing. In here you’ll also notice ‘Carbon’ – a brand new default theme! From the Hub, you can tap through to the Store in the SwiftKey app to check out new themes, both free and premium.
CARBON – NEW DEFAULT THEME
Carbon’s design is a combination of the Minimal and Material themes, and aims to visually capture the sleekness and speed of SwiftKey. The base color of this theme was inspired by the element Carbon. Check it out – and read more about this brand new theme here!
LAYOUTS FOR INDIAN LANGUAGES
We’ve also introduced adaptive new layouts to our Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi and Nepali languages. The innovative layouts will enable you to write more quickly and easily in the languages that you want to type in. You can read a full rundown of these new layouts and languages here.
DASHLANE PASSWORD MANAGER
Last but not least, the second phase of our Dashlane integration is now available to all SwiftKey users. If you’re already a Dashlane user, you’ll find it now works with SwiftKey to securely predict exactly when you need your passwords, and make them instantly accessible. You can find more about how to use this feature here.
Eric & the Community Team