The new SwiftKey Beta attempts to clean up the app’s numerous settings and put them within easy access of the keyboard.
It introduces the Hub, which lives just to the left of the keyboard. When you touch the three-lined menu, you’ll have access to your SwiftKey Cloud data, see the number of keystrokes you’ve been saved, and be able to customize the size and overall look of your keyboard.
It’s more of a reorganization than a major feature rollout, but it’s good to see SwiftKey continuing to push forward with its well-regarded keyboard app.
The most intriguing revelation is that SwiftKey is partnering with password-manager Dashlane on a method to integrate your passwords on your Android device. While LastPass, 1Password, and others do an admirable job, the idea that your keyboard would automatically know which password to use without any pop-up messages has piqued our interest.
The impact on you: If you like to live dangerously with beta software, the new SwiftKey Beta is worth checking out. You’ll have to jump through the usual hoops: join the Google Group, after which you’ll be able to become a tester. After following those steps, you’ll be prompted to download the app from the Play Store.