Earlier this year, popular Android alternative keyboard maker SwiftKey expanded to iOS with a note-taking app integrating the company's gesture keyboard. And with Apple opening up iOS to systemwide third-party keyboard as part of iOS 8, SwiftKey is ready to expand its presence.

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In a blog post and appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt last week, SwiftKey showed off its iOS 8 gesture keyboard and announced that it will launch alongside iOS 8 when the new operating system debuts tomorrow. In addition to allowing users to type by dragging their fingers from key to key and offering predictive suggestions, the keyboard will integrate with SwiftKey Cloud to allow the user's preferences and learned language data to be backed up and synced across devices. And in the biggest news for the release, SwiftKey's keyboard will be available free of charge, allowing anyone to give the keyboard a try.

SwiftKey has also released a short promotional video narrated by Stephen Fry:


We've had some time to try out SwiftKey for iOS 8 and can say that it works very well. Available in dark and light themes, SwiftKey is accessible systemwide as is typical for these new keyboards under iOS 8, and users can easily switch between keyboards by tapping the globe icon on the keyboard.

In our testing, we found Swiftkey's suggestions to be relevant both in relation to words being typed and contextually with preceding words. The optional "SwiftKey Flow" input method of dragging from letter to letter also works well in most situations, accurately interpreting the patterns being traced out as the intended words.

SwiftKey for iOS allows users to type in two languages simultaneously without switching keyboards, and the keyboard will support over a dozen language-country combinations at launch with more to come. The keyboard will be available for all iOS 8 devices, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Top Rated Comments

Mad Mac Maniac Avatar
110 months ago
This and all extensions about new keyboards for iPhone's... are DISGUSTING!!!
That's what I loved about an iPhone... One UNIVERSAL keyboard for ALL apps and ALL iPhones...

whyyyyyy

Well you are in luck!! You get to keep your keyboard! Now let me ask you, why do you care what keyboard I use?

Note: These keyboards are still universal for ALL apps
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
110 months ago
I like the idea. However, why do companies continue to believe everyone has or wants to log into FB or Google + all the time when using a third party app?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Baby Panda Avatar
110 months ago
This and all extensions about new keyboards for iPhone's... are DISGUSTING!!!
That's what I loved about an iPhone... One UNIVERSAL keyboard for ALL apps and ALL iPhones...

whyyyyyy

No one is forcing you to change your keyboard.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Locoboof Avatar
110 months ago
Commercials like this are so frustrating. These companies a so focused on making a beautiful commercial that you learn NOTHING about the product.
If you just saw this commercial and never heard of swift key before,what did you learn in this ad? NOTHING!
Here's a great idea. Show us in the commercial how it works and the benefits of your product to make me want it.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nepalisherpa Avatar
110 months ago
Tomorrow is going to be a great day!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
odds Avatar
110 months ago
This and all extensions about new keyboards for iPhone's... are DISGUSTING!!!
That's what I loved about an iPhone... One UNIVERSAL keyboard for ALL apps and ALL iPhones...

whyyyyyy

You have a point. I really enjoy Apple products because of consistency in design language across hardware and software. However, I also really, really want the swiping functionality of a touchscreen keyboard in iOS. Thus, the perfect keyboard for me would be one that looks stock but has swiping functionality. I can type so much faster and more accurate using the swipe feature.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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