How can we improve SwiftKey?

Easier way to change language / language switcher

I usually use 3 languages: Spanish, Catalan and English, and it's not suitable to have enabled all 3 because predictions are not very fast or they are not in the wanted language. (and it get worst with Spanish and Catalan, because they have a lot of similar words) and it's uncomfortable to go to languages and keyboards everytime I chat or send an email to my different contacts.

It would be great to change the language in use just holding space, or with a key, or making swiftkey remembering the language used for each contact,...

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    started  ·  Eric ShawAdminEric Shaw (Head of Community, SwiftKey) responded  · 

    Update 5/28/14
    Looks like this feature is being worked on internally. I am not aware of the timeframe, but this has become part of the roadmap. Stay tuned.

    Update 4/30/14
    Thanks for the follow up everyone. I think this is a good idea, and you all have helped me fully understand the need as well as provided several potential solutions. I will take this to the Design and Product teams and see if we can get it onto the roadmap. Obviously I cannot make any promises towards feasibility or timing, but I believe this could be a valuable addition to the product.

    Update 4/28/14
    Hi everyone, thanks for all of you taking the time to vote and give feedback. Currently the way things work for language selection is, as we have so many, we cannot have all languages “running” that are not enabled. For those languages that use a different keyboard, when you download one, in the “languages” settings area, if you click on the mini-keyboard option, you can select the keyboard layout to use. If there is more than one keyboard layout enabled, there is a slider on the space bar that lets you select the keyboard layout / language you are typing in. When using only 1 layout, the keyboard is predicting words based on the different languages you have enabled, and its best prediction from the input.

    Just to understand the problem better, is the suggestion that regardless of keyboard layout, there is interest in switching languages only with a swipe gesture on the keyboard, and to not have the keyboard predict words in other languages? Many users love and use regularly the fact that SwiftKey will predict in multiple languages, so this is not something that we can change. The only real solution to a problem for this would be an option for disabling multiple language predictions, and manual switching between languages.

    If this is an important issue to you, please only respond in the forum thread, and NOT via email. If I understand correctly, then I will make sure this suggestion gets surfaced into the correct team so it can be evaluated.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        same here, would love to have the possibility to switch manually and not automatically, like it has been on earlier version

      • LeonLeon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        HI I use English, French and Spanish, and as in the other comments I do not like to have them all enabled; I rather have one language at a time for better prediction, which is what I do with swiftkey, and if I need one of the other two I switch to android L keyboard in the desired language (from amazon store); it is quicker than going into Swiftkey settings...
        To avoid this, I would like to have an option to switch languages instead of keyboard layouts; I don't understand why there is no such option... can't be difficult to implement...

      • BrianBrian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I communicate in Spanish and English and do not like having the prediction all jumbled. I'd like to channel languages with some kind of toggle, like my old android keyboard had.

      • Jugoslav StojanovJugoslav Stojanov commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        100% agree with your idea. I cant use SwiftKey with smart language detection. I have to be really careful with swiping when I turn on 2 languages I always use.
        HTC Input (on HTC One) allows me to type much quicker and it have better prediction than swiftkey. With HTC can can swipe finger much faster comparing with swiftkey.

      • Jugoslav StojanovJugoslav Stojanov commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        100% agree with your idea. I cant use SwiftKey with smart language detection. I have to be really careful with swiping when I turn on 2 languages I always use.
        HTC Input (on HTC One) allows me to type much quicker and it have better prediction than swiftkey.

      • Eugeni MonfortEugeni Monfort commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The problem is the 3 language limit. Getting predictions in multiple languages is great but for instance I personally use 4 languages on a daily basis and right there is where the keyboard needs to improve. Either open up the 3 language limitation or implement a shortcut to the language settings.

      • cybernuttecybernutte commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have SwiftKey set for English (US) and Spanish (US). I love the fact that I can use the same keyboard for both languages, as well as for French (which I have not set as a language). I've at times been a bit frustrated when I'm writing in English and SwiftKey offers me suggestions largely or exclusively in Spanish, but for me the advantages have outweighed the disadvantages. However, if there were a way to specify QUICKLY that I want suggestions just in English (or just in Spanish) and switch back and forth EASILY, that would be great. If, however, this involves several steps, I think I'd just as soon leave things as they are.

      • VinnieVinnie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As long as it actually works, it would be a great idea! I use English and Spanish and noticed some "leakage" in the predictions when I'd switch back and fourth. Touchpal X has a language switch button that works seamlessly, and it would be a super addition to Swiftkey!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thanks for work on it.

        It will be great when we can quick change between the different languages installed. The multiple language could be a great function in some cases, but don't work for me. Now I change language (switfkey->config->languages->select/unselect language). It could be done normally, but when you are in two conversations in different language on the same time... it's crazy!

        Thanks!

      • JnjJnj commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        +1 this. I use English, Spanish and French almost everyday, but with all three enabled, the false positives are horrific.

        Thanks for working on it.

      • Jank KludgeJank Kludge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The only reason I can't use Swiftkey is because it always tries to predict English words when I'm writing in German. It is really driving me mad! Let us switch languages manually!!!

      • Niklas S.Niklas S. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        To do this, make sure that the two languages in question have different character maps under SwiftKey's language settings. For example, set English (US) to QWERTY and Swedish to QWERTY (Swedish). That way you have two different QWERTY layouts, so the space-bar becomes the language toggle. Your space-bar will then look like this: <English (US)> and <Svenska>

      • YilmazYilmaz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes! I was about to make a suggestion about this!!

        This is so annoying, i write in both Swedish and English and i use two different keyword layouts, one Swedish and one English. And i haaate when i get suggestions in Swedish when im typing in English! Please fix this! At least give us the option to have English suggestion with an "English" keyboard and Swedish suggestions with a "Swedish" keyboard

      • José Pablo Leandro MartínJosé Pablo Leandro Martín commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is very important, if I turn on English (having Spanish as my primary language) predictions having Spanish activated on the keyboard get worst since SwiftKey try to predict from both languages.

      • chrischris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I use swiftkey in Spanish and English. Yes having the prediction come up based on either language is very useful. It's just that sometimes it won't predict correctly. The previous version I had allowed me to swipe the spacebar left/right to switch the (preferred?) language moving forward or only for a single word or whatever. What happened to that feature? It is no longer there. It seemed to work well.

        That being said... if I had to be stuck in a single language and just swipe to switch when I want to insert whatever word in the other that would be preferred. It's the wrong language predictions (and not being able to force it to proper language) that makes it difficult.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As said, mixing predictions of some languages makes it increasingly bad. Many romance languages together is such a case: French, Spanish and Portuguese together makes a very bad mix.

        It would be nice to have an option to select a language or (custom) group of languages (not like it is today based on keyboard layout), and to be able to disable predictions outside these languages. In other words: if I choose 'en' on the space bar, then it's English only; if I set 'fr', just French; if 'fr/es' then it is French and Spanish at the same time.

        Also, even if I disable a language, I still get 'Replace' options of that language. I disabled English, and if I choose 'Replace', I get a list full of English words and phrases.

      • Wilson Wilson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It will be an asset if I can change to another keyboard directly from within SwiftKey (a shortcut key) this will allow me to use the Chinese keyboard...

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