SwiftKey 5 is free

Those who already bought the keyboard will get 10 themes for free

One of Android's top paid apps is now free. SwiftKey, long one of our favorite third-party keyboards, has dropped its $3.99 price for its fifth iteration — available today — and is throwing in a bunch of new features as well.

And for those who bought the full version of SwiftKey in the past, well, there's a little extra something in there for you as well.

So here's the deal: First and foremost, nobody's paying for SwiftKey going forward. You get that great prediction engine and layout for absolutely nothing. And with it you'll still be able to take advantage of SwiftKey Cloud, which syncs your predictions across any and all devices you hook into it. Plus, you can still have SwiftKey learn from your Google, Facebook or Twitter entries.

SwiftKey Themes

The biggest addition, though, is the new theme packs. For a few bucks, you'll be able to download new themes to give your keyboard a new look and feel. It's quick, it's easy, and it's all done right through the app. Nicely done. (And, again, if you'd already paid for the app you'll get 10 themes for free.) Individual themes run 99 cents, and you can get packs of five for $2.99 each.

SwiftKey emoji

Then there are emjoi — those little smiley face guy the kids are all using these days. They're now supported in the SwiftKey keyboard if you're running Android 4.1 or above, so you can wink and give thumbs up and all that cute stuff. (You might want to consider relegating them to a long-press of the return button — you can change that in settings.)

Need more? How about a dedicated number row. That's finally happened in SwiftKey 5. You'll need to enable it in settings, though.

And one more bonus out of all this: There's a bug in Android that causes SwiftKey (and other keyboards) to switch off any time they're updated. That only affects paid apps, apparently, and so it should be fixed now that SwiftKey's gone free.

Get your download on at the link above. You really don't have any excuses now.

Android best-seller SwiftKey goes free, launches theme store and rewards loyal users

'Mind-reading' app adds user-driven enhancements; removes price barrier to bring keyboard technology to more users worldwide

San Francisco, CA, June 11, 2014 – SwiftKey Keyboard, Android's best-selling paid app, today sheds its $3.99 price tag to become free. This shift comes alongside an update to the app that introduces dozens of new free and premium keyboard themes, giving users more customization choices for their on-screen typing experience.

SwiftKey Keyboard replaces a mobile device's keyboard with one that understands language and learns your personal writing style. These insights improve typing with more accurate autocorrect, prediction of your next word and other innovations like SwiftKey Flow, which lets you type faster by sliding your finger across the screen. The app launched in 2010 to critical acclaim, and is one of the world's best-selling Android applications, spending more days at number one on Google Play than any other paid app.

Today's transition to free gives all Google Play users access to that award-winning software at zero cost. This means that all of the market-leading features that have defined SwiftKey's success as a paid app are now completely free. The move accelerates SwiftKey's ambition to reach millions of new users, especially in developing economies. It also creates a more sustainable business model in the app, where users can choose to pay for themes and other content to further enhance their experience.

In making the transition, SwiftKey is rewarding loyal users who have previously paid for the app. These users can download a $4.99 "Premier Pack" of 10 themes free of charge. The app's core functionality remains intact.

In addition to new themes, today's update brings several other user-requested improvements. Support for over 800 emoji is now integrated directly into the keyboard, with a new prediction feature that learns how emoji are used and predicts them as you type.*

An optional dedicated number row is now available for the keyboard, making it easier to input numbers. SwiftKey's word prediction engine has also been improved, with better autocorrect and more accurate gesture typing, and new global languages have been added, bringing the total number supported to 66.

SwiftKey co-founder and CEO Jon Reynolds said: "This is the start of an incredibly exciting phase for us as a business. We have made the decision to go free to better enable everyone, everywhere, to use SwiftKey's market-leading technology without payment being a barrier. We're focused not only on reaching more users with our powerful technology, but on building great content and features to engage them."

SwiftKey co-founder and CTO Ben Medlock said: "With the latest version of SwiftKey Keyboard, we're providing an even more intuitive and personalized experience for our users, which they're increasingly expecting. We've expanded our design team to focus on developing creative and beautiful user experiences. Our commitment to innovation has never been stronger and we are looking forward to sharing more exciting developments in the future."

This updated version of SwiftKey Keyboard will include:

SwiftKey Store Stocked at launch with over 30 brand new themes, the SwiftKey Store will be regularly updated with fun customizable content.

New default theme In addition to the new themes in the Store, SwiftKey Keyboard now features a clean new default theme design, 'Nickel', available free to all users. Nickel was designed to be a modernization and ergonomic improvement to SwiftKey's ever-popular Cobalt theme.

Emoji Prediction SwiftKey's trademark prediction technology learns and proactively suggests from more than 800 emoji which are most often used with specific words and phrases.

Number row Due to popular demand, this latest update introduces an optional number row for quick access without switching layouts or using long-press.

Improved prediction engine Investment in SwiftKey's core technology is higher than ever with a host of prediction engine improvements, including better support for complex languages and multilingual typing. Capitalization has also been enhanced, as well as the technology's overall learning ability.

New language support Support for Belarusian, Mongolian, Tatar, Uzbek and Welsh has been added.

New and improved flow trails This gesture-based feature has been improved for better visibility and faster, more accurate input.

*Emoji are only supported on Android versions 4.1 and above. To enable emoji prediction, go to Settings > Advanced, and select the box marked "Emoji prediction."

Editor's Note: SwiftKey Keyboard is available globally, for free, on Google Play. The app formerly known as SwiftKey Keyboard Free was a one-month trial of SwiftKey's paid app and has been superseded by today's app that does not expire.

 
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nice....

everything should be free....

user7618 says:

Um... No.

Android: It will make you a sexual tyrannosaurus, just like me.

WestonCory says:

Care to explain why not?

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vividrich says:

Go tell your boss you'll work for free from now on.

We'll wait.

WestonCory says:

You are a stupid twat.

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vividrich says:

Relax Sparky, meant to reply to the OP. Which shouldn't be too hard to figure out.

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seanjenkins says:

You are an absolute dickhead

n5

aitt says:

So does that mean you won't for free

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bumpandrun says:

With a reply like that you would have to work for free, I can't imagine anyone paying you.

Jonneh says:

I think you should watch Zen & Tech.

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jrb363 says:

What a piece of shit.

jrb363 says:

Because only hipster morons want everything to be free*

*Or from the government

Jowlah says:

Thanks for the Jesse Ventura Predator reference! That comment made my day!

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user7618 says:

I try to help however I can.

Android: It will make you a sexual tyrannosaurus, just like me.

Vagrant_1 says:

So we can't pick the 10 themes we want? If so that's bs. I know it says we can get premier pack. I wanna pick from different packs
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ScottColbert says:

Oh fffs, you're going to bitch about that? Talk about self entitled.

DirkBelig says:

No kidding. SK could've just gone free and given nothing.

SwiftKey: "Here's $5 in free stuff because you paid up to $4 for this now-free app."

Vagrant_1: "Waaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!! Not happy!!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!"

cmgodwin says:

+1 since many of us got it on sale for only 99¢

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cybertec69 says:

+1^^

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TenshiNo says:

Not to mention that most of us have *probably* gotten our $4 worth of use out of it already.

alackthereof says:

this.

bmoresbest55 says:

I am not saying Vagrant_1 is right but just because they put a $5 price tag on the themes doesn't it is anywhere close to $5. I really enjoy Swiftkey and the update is pretty awesome. A smart move by them. Get milliions more to download the app and even if 1 in 10 buy one theme they are killing.

suavehouse says:

I wouldn't call it that per se. If you look at it from the idea that when you paid for swiftkey, you made a choice. Everything you spend your money on in the play store is driven by choice. If your choice of using swiftkey has been degraded to free to all, then what did you really pay for? I think that was more about getting SOMETHING more for your money than themes that are chosen FOR you. They could have moved the consumer's choice down to the themes they get for free. I don't think the fella's asking much. I paid for SK as well, and don't find preset 'free' themes to be as big a deal to make a fuss about either, but I respect the guys perspective.

You're _already_ getting something for what you paid for, _10 themes_. The fact that one doesn't get to choose, so this is BS, _is entitlement_ speak.

suavehouse says:

Sorry, you can call it what you want. I simply and respectfully disagree. If you pay for the right to choose, you should have it if you want. Like I said, not a big deal to me (I actually like the freebies), but I understand where he's coming from. And truth be told, when you pay, technically you ARE entitled to a degree because that's what you pay for.... to be entitled to something that you wouldn't otherwise be entitled to. Just saying, no trolling.

I'll give you an example: If you are in the market for an icon pack, do you go to google play and say, "Here's $4, give me an icon pack."? No, YOU choose one that YOU LIKE, and you buy it. SwiftKey is now free, so your $4 hasn't really bought you anything yet right? But, they have your $4. Where is your $4 choice? You don't have one... That's all he's saying. Now again, while it's not that serious to me (I spent that $4 a long time ago), I'd hope folks would stop bashing the guy for simply asking that his $4 buys him something that he actually WANTS and chooses for himself, not something that was chosen for him. I think that the guy just wants to see what HE considers value for HIS dollars that he spent. The principle is just important like that to some folk. Nothing wrong with it, and I'm not one to judge.

jkovacs says:

Let me say I agree with not bashing people, but in principle I disagree with the argument. He got something for his $4... the use of the premium product for all this time. That's what we all paid for, use of the product and he got that. The fact that it's free now and he feels slighted is his problem. If you bought something for $100 and the price comes down to $75 two months later it would be like saying now they owe me $25 worth of additional value and I get to choose how I get it. No. You got your $25 of value by using the product for the last 2 months. While I couldn't give a rat's a$$ about themes for my keyboard I think Swftkey was pretty upstanding in offering something to loyal customers. But again, I'm all for discussing the principle but bashing is just ignorant and immature.

...Joe K.

suavehouse says:

You do have a point there. No argument from me.

bumpandrun says:

+1

TenshiNo says:

+1 Great analogy. Prices of things drop all the time, and we don't demand a "refund". Imagine what a mess that would be *just* in the mobile phone market.

You didn't pay for CHOICE, you paid for a smart keyboard (aka the licence to use their adaptive keyboard), so you're not entitled to chose what they give you for your $4.

When they took your $4, you had (I think 3-4) themes, all included in the price. If you didn't like the themes, you didn't buy it. Simple. Now that their business model has changed, which has made all of those included themes an IAP, they've thoughtfully made them free for those who've already paid for the app. Nothing has changed. You gave them the money when they had certain themes, and now they are still free for you. AND you get a few new ones that were NOT included in your original $4 purchase.

People aren't entitled to new themes for free if their model goes against that. You got what you paid for (the app and the themes that were available at the time for free), and if you want more, you need to pay more money. Don't like that? Get another keyboard. THAT'S choice.

suavehouse says:

Not agreeing with this perspective at all, but I don't have the time to go in depth about the holes I see in your comment, so I'll leave it at that. jkovacs did make good points somewhere in the neighborhood of where you started, then you kind of went in a different direction that I don't see. I just flat out disagree with you, though.

trivor says:

You're all overlooking that you had the use of Swiftkey for however long there was a paid version. I think this idea that we should pay our $4, be able to use it on every device we own for as long as we own them, and never pay another $ is shortsighted and very challenging for the developers. If there is an app I use regularly (Apex) then even though the free version may do everything I want it to do and may not need any advanced features I will still buy the app to support the developers. This isn't like paying $100's of dollars for programs like Office. Way too many people think most things should be free and if there is a charge they are upset. If we want developers to continue making awesome apps we need to support them so they can make it a business and a full time job. As for Swiftkey I have gotten more than my money's worth and there are certainly enough "free " themes (including my free pack) to get Swiftkey working the way I want it. The one trend I currently dislike is apps that have banner ads, in app purchases and NO WAY to get rid of the banner ads by purchasing a Pro version.

suavehouse says:

Good points, but I didn't overlook any of them. As I stated in my other posts (some folks obviously didn't read them entirely), the whole issue wasn't even a big deal to me, I just stated that I respected the guy's opinion and I understand it (didn't exactly fit into my line of thinking, but I understood). What I still don't understand is why some people (not you exaclty) get so upset when they disagree with the guy, darn near trolling his opinion to death. I guess that's what the comments section gets you these days... Anyways, trivor thanks for your comment.

Vagrant_1 says:

+1

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glazedfaith says:

Everyone already got what they paid for. When you purchase something, it damn sure ought to be because it is worth what you paid for it. Just because it's free today doesn't mean it wasn't worth 4 dollars last week, or a month ago, or a year ago. People complaining about this are looking a gift horse in the mouth and shouldn't be defended because what the company decided to do wasn't exactly what they would have wanted. Obviously they still want people to buy themes, and if they let you pick 10 individual themes that you wanted, then you would likely never purchase any themes, since you had already picked ALL your favorites. I would have been fine if they only gave people a gift if they purchased in the previous week.

unopepito06 says:

You paid for the ability to use it for the past 2 years (or however long you've used it).

This topic always makes me think of when I bought my Xbox 360: I got it in 2006 for like $450 dollars. By 2010 that had dropped to $300, and today you can easily get one for under $100. So, what did I pay $450 for? I paid for 8 years of gameplay, while the holdouts were drooling over it through glass cases. It's pretty much the same with Swiftkey, you bought the privilege of using this product NOW, regardless of what the future price may ever be. I mean, it's sort of the same thing, until you realize that Swiftkey costs $4. I'm pretty sure it costs more than $4 to just stand around in The United States. Then you start to feel pretty silly, and then you go enjoy your 10 new themes. :)

barondebxl says:

That was one too many fs

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suavehouse says:

+1

WolfpacDAR says:

The first "F" could've been an adjective ("-ing" ending) describing the second "F" in noun form. Duh...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EXqPriuHHI

You can still purchase each theme individually for like 1 dollar each of I'm not mistaken.

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tigeryee says:

Select on the tab "packs" not individually and it will give you the Premier for free.

n0obpr0 says:

Can't make nobody happy even with free stuff. Smh

Awe, poor baby. You don't get to pick which themes you get for free. So devastating...

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jrb363 says:

STFU you stupid hipster. Go cry a river elsewhere!

As someone who has a paid version, I feel both happy (for everyone can use it now) and sad ( i used to show it off to my friends as everyone hadn't bought it).

Anyways, Way to go swiftkey!

And Oh, first to comment :)

Feeling the same here, lol

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TheDu9du says:

Aww you thought you were first. That's cute.

ScottJ says:

Meanwhile, you're the 1 billionth person to use the trope "That's cute".

TenshiNo says:

It's even worse when your comment ends up halfway down the page ;)

DirkBelig says:

The greatest keyboard* now at the best possible price. I bought it for a dollar four years ago when it came out of beta and it's been the best buck I've spent on an app, hands down. Now there's no excuse for Android users to not have it. (I wonder if they're going to sell it to iOS people while Glorious Android Master Race gets it for FREE!)

* I wish they'd realize that colons and semicolons are like end quotes and parens and shouldn't have spaces before them.

icyrock1 says:

Doubtful. There likely going to monetize via that new theme store (since swift key note is free, and there likely going to just update that for the keyboard).

ysbg says:

I'm sure that your comparison between iOS and Android people is tong-in-cheek, but it's probably best to stay away from the term "master race".

DirkBelig says:

Lighten up, Francis.

kelton says:

Thank you! Very funny pop culture reference AND makes an excellent point

vpblaze says:

Wow... Do you take everything so serious?

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Well, there are some things that we all SHOULD take serious.

NoNexus says:

you'll get over it. the world is way to PC, sensitive and entitled.

TenshiNo says:

Agreed. Go after people who actually say something hateful, not people just making a joke.

DirkBelig says:

Is he really butthurt over the "master race" comment as if it was some sort of actual hate speech and not a riff off of what I thought was a fairly widely understood meme?

http://cdn.sett.com/images/user/PCMasterRacea0b4d59438882df208ede846da04...

Oy vey. No wonder everyone hates everyone when any random word can be some overly sensitive soul's "trigger word."

TenshiNo says:

Honestly, I wasn't aware of that meme, but it is pretty funny. And, you've just touched on the real problem: when you're looking for something to be offended about, you can usually find it.

ysbg says:

Was my comment in anyway aggressive? Or do I sound butthurt when I clearly say that I'm sure the guy is joking?

I'm not "so serious" about everything, as someone said, nor am I offended by what was said. And I'm not going after anyone. I just thought that the use of the term master race, which is at the heart of a philosophy which led to the death of millions of people, is unfortunate. Nothing more. But I wasn't aware of that pc meme

DirkBelig says:

Dear gawd. That you can see the phrase "Android Master Race" and immediately leap to interpreting it as an endorsement for genocide suggests that if someone attached 100 Goodyear blimps to you it wouldn't be enough to lighten you up, especially in the context of taking a dig at the Apple corps.

ysbg says:

Once again, nothing in what I say suggest you are endorsing genocide. I just thought that the use of this term is of bad taste, that is all, meme or no meme.

People say I should lighten up but I think you guys are also pretty quick to over interpret what I say.

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crester says:

Get a life dimwit...

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Kvoth says:

Excuse? How about: Swype is better ;)

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BoB16731 says:

No

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mssca says:

Their prediction engine is much better than any OEM or third-party keyboards I ever used. That's what makes it better for me.

ScottJ says:

I have both. I use Swype as its "swyping" is better.

mssca says:

You have the swyping option in SwiftKey too.You can turn that ON and swipe to type with much better predictions!

AOSPrevails says:

ScottJ clearly said he think Swype's swyping/flow typing is better than Swiftkey's.

TenshiNo says:

I use the swipe feature in SK, although I've found the predictive text to be so good that I frequently just have a type a few characters to get a whole, basic sentence out.

DirkBelig says:

I've never been able to get with the whole "drag your finger around" method of text input. It's simply faster and more accurate to tap away on SwiftKey for me.

_X_ says:

Listen DirtBalg! the master race swipes.

This message brought to you by Swype

TenshiNo says:

lol

NoNexus says:

man with all the heat over this stupid MEME you would think you were in an Oven or something...screw it, I am going for a shower...

TenshiNo says:

Lmao. So very wrong.

ScottJ says:

I'm trying out SwiftKey again. I've done so periodically for years but end up returning to Swype. Maybe it will be different this time.

TenshiNo says:

The "best" keyboard is a lot like the "best" OS: it's a very personal thing that no one can answer for you. That's why we Android users value the ability to choose so much. Try it out, and then use whatever feels more natural to you. And then don't worry about anyone who says you should use something different. They don't get it.

bigguh says:

I will say that I wish there was a way to capitalize letters while using SK Flow as there is with Swype. However, the ability to Flow, as in not having to lift my finger while typing, has won me over.

ultravisitor says:

No. I used to think that Swype had better swiping, but SwiftKey has improved to the point that it's the more responsive keyboard option.

And yes, I've used the most recent versions of each.

bigguh says:

I have to agree. The personalization option helps a metric ton and the ability to learn how I type in terms of the language I use is pretty amazing. I am definitely at a point where I don't have to hit many keys (often times 1, even more often no more than 2) before it knows what I want to say. Depending on what I'm typing, Flow is faster on sometimes.

bigjay1641 says:

This is great news as a long time SwiftKey fan and also for new android users

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net62957 says:

Nice job!

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gzzzz says:

I've always used Google keyboard. I use it in both regular typing and swiping mode and I've found it to be really good.

Can someone summarize how swiftkey is better ?

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ysbg says:

On the design front, swiftkey can be minimized to take less space than google keyboard. This can be quite useful, depending on the size of your screen and of your fingers.

One great advantage of swiftkey will be for bilingual (or even trilingual) users. You can select up to three languages and swiftkey will make its predictions without you having to specify which language you want to express yourself in. It is this feature which drew me to swiftkey.

Other than that, some of the new themes are quite neat. I like the look of the spotlight themes.

The 'Flow' functionality learns your usage patterns and synchs between different devices is the biggest difference imo. It allows me to build full sentences quicker meaning I don't even have to type some words.

Robbie Khan says:

It's faster to type with I find and it learns from more sources as well as offers more options especially where layout and size is concerned. It's just better all round.

timboevbo says:

dude, its free. make up your own mind...

eahinrichsen says:

The biggest difference is the prediction engine. SwiftKey's predictive text is just incredible. It's really a significant time saver.

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paisley99 says:

The text prediction is freakily good. But i actually went back to google keyboard cuz for some reason i found typing easier on it. Also, at least in the past (like a few months ago), google kept popping up and re-asking and re-asking for me to choose a keyboard, someone here said that's just the way it is. Too annoying.

Mrdouglas says:

A lot of great answers already. I wanted to add however, that SwiftKey is the only keyboard I've found that you can start typing a word and finish in flow. Eg... You type A-M-A and then swipe ZING... It doesn't try to give you two words like other swipe enabled keyboards, it gives you 'AMAZING'.

For me, this is useful for when I am swiping big words that are inherently tough to swipe. :-)

Pedalbflat says:

+1

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cgardnervt says:

The new themes are just lame. We should have been able to pick the 10 themes we want. Not the crap ones the gave us no choice to download. So much for supporting your customers who bought the app a long time ago. Lame.

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ultravisitor says:

See? People complain even when things are free.

SwiftKey didn't even HAVE to give us 10 free themes. Stop feeling so entitled.

WestonCory says:

You are a stupid twat

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vpblaze says:

I am beginning to think this is all you know how to say?

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_X_ says:

Yeah he just hits his keyboard space bar 5 times

Pedalbflat says:

I see what you did there...

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Pedalbflat says:

Hodor...

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Did someone learn what the word twat means? Feel like you have to use it all the time now, don't you.
Get on some medication spectrum boy.

seanjenkins says:

Still a dickhead

n5

So, are you cordawgfrito? He loves the word twat also.
Or are you simply in love with HIS twat?

pappy53 says:

If they were going to be hanged, some people would complain about a new rope!

vividrich says:

This rope is too damn rough; I demand a softer roarrrghhhhhhhurrrrp cough cough wheeeze....

Call the Wahhhmbulance!

ಠ益ಠ

LOL

DaMaRa1109 says:

Ha. Been 15 years since I've heard that. Your really witty!

NoNexus says:

YEAH! I think you spelled it wrong as well gosh dangit!

*eyeroll*

Some people are just ungrateful. If you like the other theme packs then buy them like every other person. It's not like your $1 contributions 4 years ago really helped the devs make things better.

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Smash41 says:

Add all those $1 contributions up (I'm sure it was more than that) and you've got the makings of a nice fund for the developers to make their app better.

cgardnervt says:

You clearly have no idea what your talking about.

tigeryee says:

If you already bought Swiftkey just select the tab that says "packs" then "Premier pack get all 10" the cost should say free

Smash41 says:

Damn, the nicest theme (Minimal Black) isn't included in the pack for people that bought the app :-(

evostudios says:

So support the developer and spend a dollar on the theme you want.

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Smash41 says:

I did :-)

Deke218 says:

I did support the developer. When I paid for both the normal and tablet versions.

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WestonCory says:

And now you are being a twat

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seanjenkins says:

Utter dickhead. And a moron

n5

flychinook says:

And you got, and still have, exactly what you paid for at that time.

I'm seeing a weird sense of entitlement with phones and apps, that doesn't carry over to any other form of goods or services. When an automaker comes out with a redesigned car, do they give free engine upgrades to the people that bought last year's model? Does your home computer get free memory and hard drive upgrades each year, or a free copy of the new version of Windows or Mac OS? Has GE stopped by your house and upgraded your CFL lightbulbs to LED ones?

Russ Smith says:

Someone wants to be THE keyboard for iOS later this year. This is the best keyboard on android by far, well done guys!

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Kvoth says:

I used to like it, and it was worth the dollar/10c (can't remember), but Swype is way better now. I felt like swiftkey went down hill since flow.

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bigguh says:

I'm just curious as to how. Can you be more specific? No trolling here, just curiosity,

D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

Sweet!

Getting it on all my devices soon.

The BEST keyboard on mobile devices, PERIOD.

sladyrko says:

I never was too much in 3rd party keyboards.. But now I can give it a try.. :-))

clubbtraxx says:

Wow, they made sure the 'free themes' for buyers look like crap.

Let me choose 10 then I actually like instead!

WestonCory says:

Are you serious? They look great. Also you really should stop being a twat.

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Duffin says:

Wow, you really like calling people that word, don't ya?

minnow4 says:

+1

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seanjenkins says:

Yep. Still dickheading along nicely

n5

BoB16731 says:

Where can I download your app please

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cgardnervt says:

I would have been much happier with this change instead of the crappy 10 they gave us. Oh well.

WestonCory says:

Stop being a twat

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Someone learned a new bad word.

ಠ益ಠ

seanjenkins says:

Rattling along the dickhead express now. Keep it up

n5

They ones you got for free are the ones that you got when you paid for the app previously. What more could you have expected? If they'd given you entirely new ones (some of which were mixed in to the premium pack), then you'd be bitching: "I liked the theme that I had! Now I have to pay for it again?!?! This is BS!!!"

You got what you originally paid for, and more. Want new ones? Buy them. I'm sick of people finding something to complain about, feeling they are the center of developers' and manufaturers' worlds and should have their tastes catered to.

FishenFool says:

New update just locks up and force closes.

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isdaako says:

Did on mine as well. Had to uninstall and then install again. Works fine now.

FishenFool says:

Tried that and still locks up on Galaxy S3 but working fine on Galaxy Tab 3. Glad my phone is rooted with Titanium Backup.

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TechZOnline says:

I hope this works out for them as Freemium isn't as easy as it sounds. It's still my KB of choice on Android though.

Wlctttrue says:

Nice. I am downloading this now.

BoB16731 says:

Can't claim the free pak been a paid user for years no big deal rely I normally only use the light theme anyways

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tigeryee says:

Select tab that says "packs" not individually and select "Premier pack get all 10 themes" cost should say "free"

BoB16731 says:

Yes i know and I still can not section the 10 theme pack for free it still says 4.99

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AOSPrevails says:

You have to be signed into Swiftkey Cloud to claim that pack. It worked flawlessly for me.

BoB16731 says:

I am lol

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anubis2kx says:

I'm in the same boat...but I can't complain too much especially considering that I bought the app a while ago when it was on sale for like10 cents or so.

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bigguh says:

Maybe they did not consider those that got it for $0.10 to be full paid customers. I have no idea if that is the case. Nor do I think it should be the case. Just a thought.

vividrich says:

Love it. Have been hoping for new themes for awhile, and I love how they threw the folks who bought it some freebies.

buffdaddy72 says:

Love Swiftkey! Whenever someone I know gets a new Android phone and asks what apps should they should get, the first app I say is Swiftkey.

danhartman26 says:

I previously paid for SwiftKey, and the premium pack does not show up as free...

Sent from my SCH-i545

Dizfunctions says:

Send a message to the developers. I'm user they'll help you out.

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I had to close it and open the store a few times before it showed up.

buffdaddy72 says:

I uninstalled Swiftkey, then re-downloaded it and the free themes showed up in their on-line store in the app. You should also get an email from them explaining the new design and the free themes.

jd914 says:

Just updated in loving it

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vpblaze says:

Sure free themes are nice... Would have been better if we could have picked them... And now I wait for Western Cory to come say I am being a twat...

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Howard Sylve says:

+1000000

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Dizfunctions says:

Switched back from Fleksy to SwiftKey after these new themes. I wish we could choose the 10 themes instead of having a pack predetermined...

That said their theme prices are very reasonable and I love the new looks much better than the old themes.

Unlike most people I don't feel bad about paying for the keyboard earlier because these guys to above and beyond in serving the customer's needs.

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cindylike24 says:

I agree with you wholeheartedly on this. I've tried other keyboards (including Fleksy -- didn't like the look and feel of it) and I always keep coming back to SwiftKey. I've got this on my phone and on my tablet now. I also usually go for the paid versions of these keyboards because I don't want to see the ads that are sometimes included in the free versions and normally I get more features that I can play around with.

BoB16731 says:

Carefull you might get called a twat

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seanjenkins says:

You're not a twat. You're an excellent addition to the comments section

n5

bigguh says:

I think I could have gotten used to Fleksy but I couldn't really do without SK. I think I just tried my hardest to type as quickly as possible with Fleksy due to that World Record for typing a phrase. LOL. There were definitely some nice features but it would have taken quite a bit of dedication to master it.

Just tried it out again the other day. Went back to the Google Keyboard like I always do.

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bigguh says:

What is it that you liike about the Google Keyboard over SK. Just a curiosity question. I like the Google Keyboard as well, but the predictions I get with SK cannot compare, unfortunately.

sting7k says:

Awesome! Now I'm I wish I had my Moto X with me instead of my iPhone.

eahinrichsen says:

You'll get it on the iPhone soon enough. :-)

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cindylike24 says:

Just downloaded this after uninstalling the beta off of my phone earlier this morning. I absolutely love it! I also love the themes that they have on there even the paid ones. TIP: You get a better deal if you buy the themes in packs rather than paying 99 cents for each one. I got a pack of 10 really nice themes for $4.99 off of their theme store. They also have packs of 5 themes for $2.99.

Waco2austin says:

Why is my emoji these little Android black and white faces and not the "normal" yellow ones like above in the article?

richardfoc says:

This.

MS3GT says:

I get blank white boxes.

I am Aquaman!

anubis2kx says:

It could be your version of Android. I'm on kitkat and I get the full color emoji, but it may be different on jellybean. Are you experiencing the same scroll lag however when scrolling through the emojis?

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Johnbibbs says:

Depends on your version of Android I believe. What phone and OS version are you running?

MS3GT says:

I am still on 4.3. I am in Japan and we have not gotten Kitkat yet.

I am Aquaman!

Howard Sylve says:

Those are only available on 4.4+

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MS3GT says:

I disagree. I have a Note 10.1 OG still on 4.1 and it works just fine.

I am Aquaman!

BAlGaInTl says:

What if you purchased this from the Amazon Appstore? Do you still get the theme pack? SwiftKey updates is the only reason that I have Amazon Appstore installed on my phone now. I've actually considered re-purchasing SwiftKey from the Play store just for the convenience.

Trojan713 says:

Uninstall and reinstall through Google play. You will get the free pack.

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NastyNeil says:

You sure about this?

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Tical says:

Yes, see my note below, but just did this myself.

AustinTech says:

Wondering the same thing myself. I bought it from the Amazon Appstore and there isn't an update available. I'm thinking we are going to have to delete the version we bought and download the new free version in order to get an update. And no 10 free themes. And you'll have to restart the prediction learning. Way to go Appstore.

Tical says:

Shouldn't it save the info it learned from you online? I thought that was an update some time ago, that it saved it to the could, making it available on all your devices you had swiftkey installed (i.e. no more 'ducking')

Tical says:

I can confirm you get the pack from owning the App Store Version. Make sure you have signed into Swiftkey (App Store Version) using your google account. Uninstall (I used the 'unistall option from the Play Store, not sure if that matters) that version. Install the version from the play store. As soon as you sign into Swiftkey using the same g account you should get a message that says 'thank you loyal customer' and that you got the 10 packs. If that was the only reason you have the appstore, you probably could uninstall it and just get the FAOTD via web going forward...

Liquidretro says:

Let's hope they have improved some of the startup lag too.

richardfoc says:

People who complain about free stuff suck.

carraser891 says:

lovin the new keyboard

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DaGODFather says:

I'm just glad I can now uninstall SK from the Amazon app store when I got it for free and install it from Google play.
Thanks SK!

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Cubfan says:

Number row is enough for me to give it another try.

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MS3GT says:

Any Galaxy Note 3 users getting the blank emoji boxes. It's been that way for a minute. I can't seem to figure it out. It works just fine on my Note 10.1.

I am Aquaman!

NoNexus says:

nope and I am running full stock for the moment. Mine are normal...

Howard Sylve says:

Been waiting for this update, SK can now be the only keyboard I use again.

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cj100570 says:

Ah, "freemium"....

Jimmy_Jo#AC says:

SwiftKey is a good app. But the devs are not giving this app away. The only reason they are making one of the top selling paid apps on google Play Store a free app, is to ensure that their app will never be free again.

Wait.... What?!? If an app is a paid app then it can be a Free App of the Day (which SwiftKey was) or it can be sold for next to nothing during a special (which SwiftKey was also). But if the app is free and then all revenue comes from i n app purchases, Google and Amazon won't see a dime. Also, you can't use a discounted gift card to purchase it from Google Play or the Amazon App Store. And you can't use those lovely Amazon coins (which they just gave away $10 worth) nor can you use Google Play Store credits from the wonderful Google Rewards app.

They're making it seem like their doing you a favor but they're really setting you up to pay more later.

TL;DR - A paid app is the fish. A free app with in-app purchases is the bait... to catch your wallet

bigguh says:

Are they selling more than themes? If not, I mean, I like the themes but they just don't seem that important or that much better than the free themes to pay for them. Maybe it's just me.

bhatech says:

Nice had bought thru amazon but downloaded thru Google Play now and still got the premium pack free.

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jccruz76 says:

my only problem with swiftkey is that it takes more than half of the screen..i mean you can't even adjust the height of the keyboard even with my Note3..

thunderup says:

You can't? Long-press the '123' key in the bottom left-hand corner. Click the 'Resize' button. Works great on my Moto X.

+1

alex346 says:

Yep the poster above is correct... I have a note 3 and the resize option he mentioned is available for me... Long press 123 key on lower left then hit resize ... there are 5 keyboard size options to choose from there

Tical says:

In addition to the tip about resizing, you can adjust the keyboard to be 'split'. The resize and split/fullsize/compact options are independent for portrait and landscape. That means you can have a split keyboard when you are in landscape (and less likely to be 'swiping') and the normal or compact version in portrait. Perfect set up for something the size of the note 3. That's the only thing swaying me from just having the Samsung keyboard, reducing the overhead...

bigguh says:

This!

The number row is not showing for me. How do I get it to show? I've tried using different themes. Thanks,

thunderup says:

Go to Settings->Layout and check Number Row.

Thank you!

thunderup says:

You're welcome!

dadathepanda says:

Got mine on Amazon app store when it was free app of the day and now I have to wait forever until Amazon updates it.... Ugh

The panda has spoken

KaneHusky says:

Been a beta user for ages and was really glad when the number row was implemented. I'm excited about this update and to see that SwiftKey is now free! We asked for more themes and we got them! While I'm most certainly thankful for the free Premium pack, it would have been nice if we had the option to choose a few of our own themes (/twat). But that's no big deal, I still purchased the themes I wanted!

Windowsphone has the best predictive text out of any other OS, it is also simple to use with large buttons, while having a wholesome and beautiful look.

Andro10 says:

Don't like how they forced a cloud Google sign in back up. If you sign out you lose the premier theme add ons. Not good thing to back up your USERNAME & PASSWORD predictions. I question how secure they're servers are!? Prepare for a increase in data usage as well as it transmits EVERY prediction you type! Looking forward to the cracked versions that have all themes enabled WITHOUT a cloud connection! I turned off background data usage for this app under Samsung settings (data usage), so hopefully that will control data usage. On a different note, this app doesn't predict well when using caps.
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ScottJ says:

How much data does you really think text takes up? It's minuscule.

neonworm says:

You can turn backup and sync off while still having SwiftKey Cloud enabled.

dizzle16 says:

Got my update last night and checked the changelog and didn't see any mention of this. . What a pleasant surprise. I paid $2 for SwiftKey 2 years ago. The 10 free themes are a little meh though.

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neonworm says:

It is better than nothing.

dizzle16 says:

Thanks for your opinion. Doesn't take away from the fact that I'm entitled to my own
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alackthereof says:

had the same reaction and i only paid 99 cents for it a couple years ago... the premium pack isnt great but its still something different. and there are a few additional free ones in the individual theme section that i found which are a little brighter.

dizzle16 says:

I actually like the one in the pic for the article. . That's what I'm using now. The Nickle theme. It's great to see them evolve. And i agree it's better than nothing

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mrjack says:

How do I get those emoticons that you have pictured above? Those are much better than the gum-drop ugly ones that come stock.

elfuego says:

So, how does the developer make money now? Theme packs? Free is nice and all, but as a small business owner, I'm just curious.

neonworm says:

Yep. Theme packs.

the1m.polo says:

The addition of a number row and emoji definitely got me back on swift key.. The free theme's were a plus!!!

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Joe113 says:

So I purchased Swiftkey like 2 yrs ago... how come when I go to get a theme it says I have to pay for it? I though I was supposed to get 10 for free?

BB_Bmore says:

I love the new themes however when looking at the new things this morning for whatever reason I was built 4 theme pack that I didn't even want it cost 299 and I went to the Google Play store to get a refund and couldn't find it now I'm in touch with swiftkey and I hope that they rectify the situation. If they can't respond to me I would like for them to swap for different pack because the pact that I unintentionally but whoever I do not like I hope this gets resolved I love swiftkey

John Hancock

the1m.polo says:

I paid for it too but not complaining about it being free now because the shit happens every day!!!, some people paid more for an Xbox one on release day compared to the price it is now! That's a free market... So if you buy something "outside of your return period" don't expect the value to stay the same forever sorry... How many of us buy these damn phones on day1 release for it to drop to $99 a month later... So stop your crying
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Lambertoid says:

Just downloaded it so far so good seems to be better then the g2 keyboard

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dyastrab says:

I bought this years ago and never looked back.

eahinrichsen says:

Just for the record, I'm a twat.

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vpblaze says:

Aren't we all in the end...

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NoNexus says:

no, you have to flip her over...your doing it wrong

TenshiNo says:

I *love* that they finally included an option for the number row. That was one of the only things that the stock keyboard on my Note has that I've always wished I could do with SwiftKey. Now I get both! Awesome!

The best just got better :)

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o2bnclemson says:

What happened to the flow trail? I don't see it anymore and don't see an option to toggle it off/on. Everything else works fine, though. Still the best keyboard I've had yet.

I've been using the beta for months now. Great to see it released at last. The themes you get free are the same that were in the beta from what I see. Still very nice!

alackthereof says:

man i was using the beta for a while even though i had the full because i wanted the emoji support and i didnt see new themes in there :(

dsx968 says:

My phones keep saying the store is down.

BoB16731 says:

It was but back up now

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K White1 says:

I've previously tried a few third-party keyboards, but I think I was too accustomed to typing on HTC's keyboard, and went back to that immediately. However, I'll give SwiftKey another try because the cost, number row, and Neon theme are awesome.

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QatarHero says:

Swyper no Swiping!

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PureEnergi says:

i dunno i like that i can theme it.. but.. what i dont like if you type a word it doesnt know it replaces.. not offer to replace it REPLACES it. so if you dont like the replace... you have to tap the word you want above. NO. i will not play that game offer me a replacement but if i dont want it i keep typing. till then? no way will i run your app. this is MY world.,... not yours. you are supposed to help me... not make me work harder.

bigguh says:

Recently, I went into my settings and changed the behavior of the spacebar. It is under Advanced, then Spacebar completion mode, and select 'always insert a space'. Doing this will prevent the keyboard from replacing the word as you typed it. It will still show what it thinks you are trying to spell but it won't automatically replace it. This, I'm almost 100% sure, will help you with this problem.

verpeiler089 says:

I'll stick with Swype..

timoseewho says:

Why is Chinese not even in the pack? Is it really that uncommon of a language

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sher9501 says:

Tried it again for a couple of days. Really good for predictions and corrections, however I totally hate its sluggish behaviour of my Nexus 5. A keyboard should pop up immediately when needed, this one has a slight delay. I'm back to Google Keyboard, which is by far the smoothest experience.

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churro#WN says:

Those who paid for it lol