SwiftKey Beta update includes ‘Toolbar’ for quick access to features, customizable stickers

The latest SwiftKey Beta fixed an annoying bug that made typing in comment forms like Disqus in Chrome a headache. Well, it turns out that the update brought a few new features, including an expandable toolbar that sits atop the prediction bar and stickers. If you’re the creative type, you’ll be happy to know that you can even make your own stickers within the keyboard.

The main attraction here is what SwiftKey is calling “Toolbar.” Tap the “+” sign sitting on the left side of the prediction bar to expand Toolbar, where you can access GIFs, downloadable sticker packs, settings, themes, the clipboard, and your “Collection” (more on that below).

By my count there are currently 13 sticker packs to choose from. Once you download a pack, you can choose to either send a sticker as is, or add a text overlay to a sticker before sending it. Whether you add text to them or not, you can save stickers to your Collection for quicker access. Some stickers have blank spaces specifically for text to be added, while others are fine without text.

 

Once you download a pack, you have the options of adding text to a sticker and saving it to your Collection before sending it.

If you want to create a custom sticker from scratch, expand Toolbar, tap the pin symbol all the way on the right, and tap the blue “Create sticker” button. Once you give SwiftKey Beta the appropriate permission, you can select a photo from your phone to use as the basis for a sticker. As with the downloadable sticker packs, you have the options of adding a text overlay to the image and saving it to your Collection.

You can also use an image on your device to create a custom sticker.

You can delete a downloaded sticker pack or custom sticker saved to your Collection by long-pressing it and confirming your decision. All in all, it’s neat that you can do all this within the keyboard, but I don’t know how often I’d use any of this.

The latest beta update also includes a new layout for Japanese and nine new languages, in addition to the bug fix we mentioned at the top. Here’s the full changelog:

WHAT’S NEW
* Introducing Toolbar, a new way to get faster and easier access to your favorite SwiftKey features. Just tap the “+” on the left of the prediction bar to give it a try.
* Use & make your own stickers directly within SwiftKey
* Type in Hiragana layout for Japanese
* You can now type in 9 new languages: Afar, Banjarese, Fulani, Gayo, Guarani, Madurese, Minangkabau, Nias & Bengkulu
Fixed
* Jumbled words in Chrome should not be happening

If you’ve got a hankering to use Toolbar or the new sticker features, download the latest SwiftKey Beta using the widget below or via APKMirror.

SwiftKey Beta
SwiftKey Beta
Price: Free

LastPass finally gets support for Oreo autofill, keeps accessibility option

LastPass began its winding path to support Android Oreo’s autofill API in August, but the day is finally here: The popular password manager has pushed support for Oreo autofill to its stable, non-beta app. Accessibility-based autofill is still available for older apps (and Chrome) that don’t yet support the new implementation.

In the latest version of LastPass (4.4.1749), you can turn on Oreo autofill by going to Settings > Autofill. Once you tap the toggle for “Autofill” under “Android Oreo,” you’ll see a brief animation giving you a heads-up on what you’ll have to do next. After you select LastPass as your autofill service of choice, you’ll see a warning that reminds you to make sure you trust this app. This process is pretty much identical to what we saw when LastPass first launched its public beta supporting Oreo’s autofill API in August.

Oreo’s autofill API, which enables apps to offer a more seamless and universal experience than the accessibility-based approach, recognizes address and credit card forms, so they’re available as toggles in LastPass’ settings. However, they’re both tagged as beta features and are turned off by default.

Legacy autofill using accessibility is still available, which is helpful for anyone outside the 1.1% of Android users on Oreo 8.0 or 8.1 — or for anyone who uses Chrome, since the browser still doesn’t support Oreo’s autofill API. It also allows LastPass to autofill in apps that aren’t yet compatible with Oreo autofill.

The public beta supporting Oreo autofill in August was buggy, so LastPass changed course in October and decided to separate the testing into a separate beta app. This made it easier to test and get feedback without hampering the main app. The separate LastPass beta app was recently updated to implement what we see in the stable version today.

Here’s the changelog for the latest version of the stable app:

We are very pleased to introduce support for the new Android Oreo autofill feature, for devices running Android 8 and later. You can enable this new feature in the Autofill settings page. The original accessibility-based autofill is still available as well, and it can help fill apps that are not yet compatible with the new autofill feature. Please use the support feedback channels to let us know how well this works for you, so that we can continue to improve it in future releases!

At long last, you can sink your teeth into Oreo autofill support in LastPass by downloading the app using the widget below or via APKMirror.

LastPass Password Manager
LastPass Password Manager
Price: Free+