First, there was Swype. Then, there were lots of other third-party keyboards that followed suit and duplicated Swype’s unique way of inputting text on an Android device. Then, manufacturers got in on the fun: HTC and ASUS both offer “trace” functionality on their own keyboards that they bundle with their newer devices. According to some rumors, even Google will soon add trace functionality to the stock Android keyboard.
Enter SwiftKey Flow. SwiftKey, of course, is a favorite keyboard of many Android enthusiasts, and it’s often praised as having one of the best predicative text engines. But what’s the one thing it’s always lacked? Trace.
Well, the company now has a new version of its popular keyboard, with trace, currently in beta form. And it adds a nice, new feature that actually isn’t found in other trace keyboards at the moment: real-time word prediction while you are tracing. So, in other words, you can actually stop in mid-trace and select the word you want, if it happens to predict it correctly.
That’s pretty darn nice – and innovative – if you ask me. Right now, if you want to try this out yourself, you’ll have to sign up for the beta at SwiftKey’s site (click the source link below). If you do, be sure to come back and trace a comment, letting us know how it’s working out for you.