July 30, 2014

Swiftkey updated, introduces performance improvements and more


There’s a lot to like about Swiftkey, such as its excellent prediction engine and decent emoji. One area where it’s not so great is its tendency to lag from time to time. Thankfully a new update is rolling out that promises to improve this situation.

In addition to improving overall performance, the update introduces plenty of other bug fixes and improvements that have to do with Yahoo personalization, forced closes and other issues. Here’s the full change log:
  • Improved typing performance
  • Improved translations
  • Improved keyboard loading time
  • Improved Flow performance
  • Fix for the bottom row being hidden in some devices
  • Fixed Yahoo! personalization
  • Fixed background disappearing issue in some themes
  • Fixed various other force closes and crashes
In addition to bringing us plenty of improvements, Swiftkey also has added new themes to its store: Spotlight Purple, Edge Green, Pulse Yellow, Pulse Pink and Hazy Pink. Swiftkey is also holding a sale that applies to many of its existing themes, bringing prices down 33% for a limited time.

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides pick up new home pages with Material Design look

Google Docs and several other Google Android apps are receiving hints of Material Design in their latest updates, and now the web components of Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are coming along for the ride. Google is promoting its simple shortcut URLs to go straight into your Google Docs, Sheets and Slides now that they have a fresh look, which keeps with the idea of bold colors, drop shadows and clean lines.

To access the new pages you'll simply go to google.com/docs, google.com/sheets or google.com/slides, and you'll be greeted with a fresh new page to get at all of your content.

Of course if you want to see it all together you'll have to go to the Google Drive website, which has recently received an update as well but doesn't have the exact same design elements as shown off here. The above URLs will be great for folks who don't live in Drive all the time, and instead focus on creating and working with just one document type.

These new pages look great, and it just keeps getting us even more excited to see the Material Design refreshes of the rest of Google's properties.

[Source: Android Central]