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SwiftKey Updates iOS App With New 'Toolbar' for Quicker Access to GIFs and More

iOS and Android keyboard app SwiftKey today announced its "biggest update" since the company was acquired by Microsoft in April of 2016. SwiftKey 7.0 includes a "Toolbar" designed to give users fast access to features that are both old and new. Found under a new "+" sign to the left of the prediction bar, Toolbar will give iOS users the ability to quickly add emoji, GIFs, and items copied from the Clipboard into their messages, as well as customize the keyboard's theme. For Android users, Toolbar will house a few additional features like stickers, collections, calendar, and quick settings. SwiftKey 7.0 also adds in eight new 'Lish' hybrid languages, in this case letting people shift between English and Indic languages. SwiftKey said that down the line it will launch location sharing for U.S. and India-based users, as well as Calendar sharing, so that you can insert addresses and appointments into messages. Third-party keyboards grew in popularity following the launch of iOS 8 in 2014, which introduced the ability for iPhones and iPads to support such keyboards on a systemwide basis. Companies like Fleksy have faced major changes in the ensuing years, and others -- like Swype -- have shut down completely. Along with SwiftKey, Google's Gboard is one of the other major third-party keyboards for iPhone. SwiftKey is available to download for free from the iOS App Store [Direct Link], and users should begin seeing the version 7.0 update rolling out

SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains Refreshed Design, Animated Themes and Support for 68 New Languages

The Microsoft-owned SwiftKey Keyboard app for iOS today received a major update, introducing a refreshed design, new animated themes, and support for 68 new languages, bringing the total number of languages supported to 106. SwiftKey's entire look and feel has been overhauled, with the Nickel Light and Nickel Dark themes gaining a new, cleaner design with flatter, wider keys and a simpler color scheme. The app also has a new icon. New animated themes are being added to SwiftKey, including "Cogs" and "Zig Zag," both of which feature subtle animations underneath the keyboard keys. In total, SwiftKey says there are six new themes available for users to download. With today's update, SwiftKey says it supports more languages than any other iOS keyboard available in the App Store. The new language options can be accessed through the "Languages" section of the SwiftKey container app. Users can download multiple languages and SwiftKey will automatically detect the language being used, providing word predictions.Supporting the many different languages spoken by our users around the world and delivering the best multilingual typing experience has always been one of our goals - and a point of pride for the SwiftKey team. We're incredibly excited to offer more language models than any other iOS keyboard available right now and we can't wait for you to get your hands on them.SwiftKey Keyboard can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone Gains New Emoji Insights Feature

The popular SwiftKey keyboard for iPhone was today updated to add a fun new tracking feature, Emoji Insights. Emoji Insights gives users a look into their personal emoji usage habits, offering up data on top emoji used, signature emoji, and emoji state, as detailed below.My Signature Emoji - The emoji you use more than other people. This emoji is generated by the emoji you overuse compared to the average - this is not the emoji you use most often. My Top Emoji - The emoji you use most often. This is a cloud-like visualization of the emoji you use the most - the bigger the emoji in the 'cloud', the more you use it. Emoji State - The US state that most reflects your emoji use. We looked at how people use emoji in each state and compared your emoji use to that data to generate this stat. Do your emoji match up with your home state, or somewhere totally different?Emoji Insights within SwiftKey are accessible to all users who use SwiftKey Cloud, the feature that allows user preferences and learned language data to be backed up and synced across several different devices. Emoji data can be accessed and shared with family and friends via social networks through the My Profile option in the SwiftKey app. SwiftKey has aimed to distinguish itself from other third-party keyboards through the inclusion of typing statistics and inside information on how the app works for each individual user. In April, the SwiftKey keyboard was updated with usage statistics, letting users get a look at words typed, distance Flow-ed, words predicted, words corrected, and more. Today's new

SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Gains New Theme Store

SwiftKey is one of the more popular third-party keyboard choices on iOS, due to its autocorrect and word prediction capabilities that are able to adapt to an individual's usage style over time. Since its debut last September, SwiftKey has been updated several times with features like predictive emoji and typing stats, and as of today, it's getting another major update that will allow for deeper customization: a theme store. The new SwiftKey theme store allows users to purchase new themes to personalize the look of their keyboards with unique color schemes. There are 12 new themes available for purchase, available in a range of different colors and styles. Organized into categories, there are five new Nickel themes, six Minimal themes, and one animated theme -- Shooting Stars. Colors range from black and white to pink, blue, and orange. In combination with the three free existing themes SwiftKey offers, there are now a total of 15 themes available. Themes range from $0.99 for basic themes to $1.99 for the animated Shooting Stars theme.Shooting Stars, which features a beautiful night sky, changes as you move your phone, giving the theme a more realistic and dimensional look and feel by making use of parallax. Parallax is just a fancy word for when an object, or objects, seem to be in a different positions depending on where you're viewing them from. For $1.99, you can give your keyboard a twinkling background with stars that are dynamically generated each time the keyboard loads. If you look closely you may even see some shooting stars fly across the keyboard...Tod

New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS

It appears that the popular SwiftKey keyboard for iOS will soon be gaining a Theme Store, MacRumors has learned. SwiftKey already has three themes available in app for free, but the new Theme Store seems to add 11 additional themes that can be purchased at prices between $0.99 and $1.99. Lower priced $0.99 themes change the color of the keyboard, and some of the available options include "Coal," "Iceberg," and "Juice," three minimal themes that turn the keyboard black, white, or orange. There's also a dynamic "Shooting Stars" theme that uses Parallax to cause the stars in the background to shift when the iPhone is moved, giving it a distinctive 3D feel. "Shooting Stars" is priced at $1.99, and in addition to the parallax effect, users will also see an occasional shooting star soar across the keyboard. These new themes will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to SwiftKey users who have wanted to change the look of their keyboards to better suit their personal styles or visual preferences, and it's likely SwiftKey will continually add new themes to the Theme Store following its release. The new SwiftKey Theme Store appears to be rolling out to SwiftKey's beta testing group, but it will likely be coming to all users as an app update in the near future. Beta testers can access the new themes through the SwiftKey container app in the "Themes" section. Swiftkey can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

SwiftKey for iOS Updated With Tap Map Feature, Usage Statistics

Popular third-party keyboard SwiftKey for iOS is being updated today with an interesting new feature called Tap Map, which gives an inside look at how the app works. With Tap Map, users can see how the SwiftKey AI adapts to their typing patterns to help them make fewer typos. The Tap Map, similar to our heatmap on SwiftKey Keyboard for Android, shows how SwiftKey uses artificial intelligence to adjust the keys on your keyboard 'behind the scenes' to better fit your typing style. For example, if you typically hit the right half of the F key when you're aiming for G, the shape of G on your Tap Map will probably be larger and skewed to the left.SwiftKey is hoping users will share their different Tap Maps on Twitter, and has promised to give prizes to the tidiest and sloppiest SwiftKey users. Today's SwiftKey update includes usage statistics, letting users see data on how much they've typed, how far they've Flow-ed, and how many words have been predicted and corrected. It also includes information on how much a user's productivity has been improved through the SwiftKey keyboard. Along with the new usage information, there are also three new language packs available in SwiftKey, including Arabic, Hebrew, and Farsi. SwiftKey can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS Updated With Emoji, Flow Typing on iPad

SwiftKey is one of the most popular third-party keyboard options on iOS, and today it received a major update adding a highly requested feature -- emoji. Emoji can be accessed by tapping on the smiley at the bottom of the keyboard, and there's also a new predictive emoji tool that learns the most frequently used emoji and suggests them while typing. We've built emoji right into SwiftKey Keyboard so you can now express yourself when words don't quite cut it. Just as it learns the words and phrases that matter to you, SwiftKey also learns and predicts which emoji you use most often so you can spend less time looking for that perfect smiley (or slice of pizza -- whatever you're into).Using a lot of emoji in text will cause emoji to pop up more frequently in the word prediction box, making it easier to insert fun characters into text. Today's update also includes SwiftKey Flow for the iPad, a feature that was previously limited to the iPhone. With SwiftKey Flow, it's possible to type faster via swiping on the screen. Finally, there are also 11 new languages available in SwiftKey, including Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Hinglish, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, and Turkish. SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]