SwiftKey's iOS 8 Keyboard Hits One Million Downloads in Under 24 Hours

Earlier today, we highlighted how a number of new third-party systemwide keyboard for iOS 8 are topping the App Store charts, with SwiftKey Keyboard [Direct Link] displacing Facebook Messenger from the top spot on the free iPhone app chart in the United States.

Moving beyond the charts to look at raw download numbers, the success of these new keyboards is even more clear, with SwiftKey telling MacRumors that its iOS 8 keyboard has just passed one million downloads in less than 24 hours.

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SwiftKey saw a brief launch delay yesterday due to App Store processing, and thus it did not go live until around noon Pacific Time, meaning that it has reached the milestone in roughly 22 hours.

SwiftKey is certainly benefiting from its positioning as a free app compared to competitors such as Swype and Fleksy, but it offers users a good opportunity to try out an alternative to Apple's default keyboard. SwiftKey will continue to upgrade its keyboard over time, no doubt at some point adding in premium features to generate income for the company.

Top Rated Comments

arian19 Avatar
125 months ago
Worst part about this keyboard, is that it requires full access for word prediction... which means the keyboard is no longer sandboxed.






This keyboard is also completely free, which begs the question how are they making money. They are probably data-minning the words we type. Like Apple said we are its product.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gpat Avatar
125 months ago
"Who needs alternative keyboards? Lol Android customization is so useless"
-Any iOS zealot 6 months ago
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Trapezoid Avatar
125 months ago
"Who needs alternative keyboards? Lol Android customization is so useless"
-Any iOS zealot 6 months ago
"Now that ios has what Android has, I'm throwing a fit"
-Any Android zealot today
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
poematik13 Avatar
125 months ago
i would never install a 3rd party keyboard, especially one that wants full access.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bobright Avatar
125 months ago
And it sucks deleted it instantly. No question mark on the main keyboard? smh
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheBuffather Avatar
125 months ago
I'm surprised no one is talking about the lack of the Siri Dictation button. For me, that's an absolute deal breaker.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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