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SwiftKey for Android gets improved handwriting experience

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft SwiftKey on Android has been updated with an improved handwriting experience.
  • The update makes handwriting trails smoother and improves performance.
  • The update also includes bug fixes, including a fix for a Clipboard bug.

Microsoft SwiftKey on Android has an improved handwriting experience and improved performance, thanks to a recent update. The update brings the app to version 7.7.1.8. It started rolling out last week, so it should be available for everyone. I didn't see the update on my Android device until yesterday, but it started rolling out on February 8, 2021.

Following the update, the handwriting experience on SwiftKey should be better, including smoother trails and improved performance.

Here's the full changelog, as found on its Google Play Store listing:

  • Your Handwriting experience should now be improved – Handwriting trails are smoother, and performance has been optimised.
  • We've fixed a bug that caused crashes when using large Clipboard clips.
  • We've fixed an issue with Fatha diacritic on Arabic 123 layouts.

The update also includes a fix for a bug that caused crashing when using large Clipboard clips. This was an annoying bug, and its fix should reduce frustration when dealing with the app.

If you haven't used SwiftKey yet, or are debating between using it and the popular Gboard, make sure to check out the full comparison of Gboard vs. Microsoft SwiftKey from our sister site Android Central.

Sean Endicott
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Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

4 Comments
  • "SwiftKey on Android has an improved handwriting experience" There's a handwriting experience?? I've never seen it and I've been using SwiftKey for years.
  • Erm... mine is 7.7.2.4 and I couldn't figure out how to turn on handwriting on it.
  • Do they mean improved swiping? Wish they'd explain it a bit better
  • Same here. We need more insight on what they meant by '' HANDWRITING EXPERIENCE''