Keyboard Freezes While Up
Example: I'm writing a text to a friend and all is well, but then I send it and try to back out of the app. The keyboard never closes (i.e. goes back down, off the screen, etc.) and I'm unable to type on it or get it to do anything. Since it takes up 50%+ of my phone's screen I can't go into any settings to force close it and I have to reboot EVERY TIME. This doesn't happen on any other keyboard, and it didn't happen before Flow. I have uninstalled and reinstalled, I even reinstalled my ROM and it didn't help.
Sometimes the keyboard freezes, and while there is the usual graphic animation on the virtual keyboard, no letter appears in the text field. I have to select another input method to complete my task, and reboot the device to get Swiftkey to respond again. Galaxy Note with ICS.
Annie Girard commented
It happens to me all the time since the latest version and I never activated Flow. The keyboard will also lag, meaning sometimes nothing appears for more than 10 seconds when I type. It will freeze the screen up to the point that I have to pull out the battery to restart the phone.
I have had this app for more than 4 years. I never, ever had nearly so much trouble with new versions or updates as with this one.
Although a swiping gesture never worked to hide the keyboard, hitting the Back key used to work all the time.
I am also experiencing this freezing problem with SwiftFlow in my Galaxy S2 running official (non-rooted) Jelly Bean 4.1.2. It happens in all apps and I have to reboot by removing the battery. I note all the other reports but I cannot see a reply from the developer. Have also tried emailing the developer but no answer to date.
Murat ULUBAY commented
I have the same problem with Swiftkey. I initially thought that it was about the Androdi OS, tried with several roms, including the official rom, but still the same, 5 reboots a day sometimes.
I am also having the exact same problem with my LG Optimus V. It was why I had to delete the flow beta app initially. I was hoping the problems would be fixed in the current version and there's definitely a little fewer instances where it happens, but it's altogether unusable.
The problem: Swiftkey Flow lags like hell on this phone. It causes all my apps to hang and luckily, if I wait about a minute, the keyboard finally disappears. However, in the meantime, it causes all apps to become unresponsive while the keyboard consumes half the screen.
I understand that the software architecture is different for Flow versus Swype, but Swype works perfectly speedily with this phone. I hope you will do your best to address this problem because I love Swiftkey and I was so excited to use Flow.
Ditto (on an Optimus V running 2.3.7 CyanogenMod). Had to disable Flow in Settings to make the issue go away. Swype works just fine on this phone, so why can't Flow feature?
I'm having the same problem with my Optimus T (same hardware as the Optimus V). Admittedly, the hardware is just barely powerful enough to run the keyboard, but everything else about it works fine (albeit slowly). Android version is 2.2 Froyo btw. It can happen in any app, especially if I have the keyboard open for a while, and when it does I have to find some way to force close it. I HATE the default keyboard, but I'm debating whether SwiftKey is worth this hassle. It has been happening since Flow, btw.
Francisco Moran commented
I have the same thing happening to me but only if I leave the keyboard up and then lock my phone. As mentioned before the only solution is to restart the phone.
The same problem to me. I'm on a ZTE Blade gen2 with froyo (2.2). Swiftkey version is 188.8.131.52. The keyboard stick up random times when I write text and finish. No response to nothing. Not the back, home or long pressed menu key. The phone not freezes just the keyboard.
The keyboard on my phone freezes after sending text from 5-20 sec every time. Please let me know if there will not be a fix so I can just purchase a new app. Thx!
I'm experiencing this on an irregular basis. Usually in chompsms or calengoo.
When it occurs I am unable to hide or close the keyboard using any method - back button, home key, long press menu key. I can initially swipe down my status bar but if I try selecting anything in it it closes and won't open again, leaving me at the keyboard (full-screen mode)
The only solution is to reboot. I did have a somewhat similar issue in an early beta of SwiftKey 4 but I could still use the home button to get to desktop and open another app in order to change to my other keyboard which closed SwiftKey 4 - this method does not work with SwiftKey 4 final release as I am unable to run anything else.
J MG commented
It happens to me too, specially when I'm writing in long texts. SwiftKey keep open too much time after order of close.
I would like to have a option to make the predictions more fluid and quick despite the precision.
Nobody Special commented
I am having an almost identical problem, also on an Optimus V, this one running a Cyanogenmod build of Android 2.3.7.
In this case, when Swiftkey stops responding and stays "up" on the screen, the underlying app usually force closes. Then, when it switches back to the launcher, the launcher force closes and I have no choice but to restart the phone. I can do this with the power button, a battery pull isn't necessary.
I am currently using the free version of Swsiftkey Flow, and I like the performance on this older phone very much, but this problem makes it nearly unusable and I will probably not purchase it when the trial expires. I would really like to not have to go back to Swype or something.
This has happened to me as well. I don't reboot phone though. Since i can still move around in phone i go back to home where i have a shortcut to running apps. I force close keyboard and that usually gets rid of keyboard taking half my screen. I then use it normally. Sometimes the keyboard even pops out for no reason only to immediately go back down. But that's rare.
Recently, since flow's update, I've had this exact issue on a Virgin Mobile LG Optimus V, Android Version 2.2.1. To me, it only seems to freeze in this way if I back out of the application "too quickly." If I either close the keyboard then jump to the home screen or jump to the home screen and wait without touching it for several seconds, it usually will not freeze. However when it does, the only way I have found to fix the issue is to get into the keyboard options (through a shortcut I set up specially) and uncheck then recheck the 'use Swiftkey' checkbox.
I am loving flow, even on my slower, laggy phone and hope that this information was helpful in fixing my favorite keyboard.
I have this issue too, related to my bug report here