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Popular third-party keyboard SwiftKey updated with emoji support and more

Popular third-party keyboard SwiftKey updated with emoji support and more

Digital Communicator
February 5, 2015

One of the best third-party keyboards for iOS 8 devices, SwiftKey, has just received a nice update with a few new features.

The biggest improvement in version 1.2 is built-in support for emoji. And interestingly, SwiftKey can also predict and display what emoji you use most often. More than 800 emojis can be found by tapping the smiley button on the bottom left part of the keyboard.

And iPad users can now take advantage of SwiftKey Flow, which allows words to be entered by quickly swiping a finger across the screen. You can easily switch between the swipe typing method and the usual tap method.


SwiftKey Flow for the iPad.


Support has been added for 11 new languages: Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Hinglish, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, and Turkish.

The app now supports 35 different languages. And according to a blog post from the company, support for highly requested languages Arabic, Hebrew, and Farsi should be coming soon.

Finally, if you’d like to make some noise, the keyboard does include click sounds. It’s thankfully off by default, but can be turned on by heading to Keyboard Settings, Advanced.

SwiftKey Keyboard can be downloaded now in the App Store for free.

I’ve been using SwiftKey as my main keyboard since it arrived for iOS 8, and couldn’t be happier. Adding emoji support should only help it to become more popular. And I’m looking forward to trying out the swipe typing method on my iPad.

For other app news today, see: Paper by FiftyThree’s illustration tools are now free to download, Dataman Next’s new stopwatch feature helps you monitor iPhone data in real time, and Collect the artifacts before you’re squished in Brick Pang, a matching puzzle maze hybrid coming this month.

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SwiftKey Keyboard
SwiftKey Keyboard

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