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SwiftKey Keyboard

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  • Vendor: SwiftKey
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Keyboards are a dime a dozen these days. But the one that keeps us coming back is SwiftKey. That's as much for its ease of use as its legendary prediction algorithms — its "Fluency Engine," which helps your phone seem to know what to type before you do.

Prediction was always SwiftKey's bread and butter — for years it was leaps and bounds better than Google's stock keyboard, or SwiftKey's arch rival, Swype. Today, it's picked up features made popular by its competitors — the "Flow" swiping method for typing, for one — added cloud sync so you never lose your customized predictions, and it's easier than ever to tie it in to your Google, Facebook or Twitter accounts, so SwiftKey can learn even more about what and how you type.

In 2014, SwiftKey shook things up again by becoming a free app, adding emoji, and offering up various themes, available via an in-app purchase.


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Microsoft reportedly acquiring SwiftKey for $250 million

Microsoft acquires SwiftKey, pledges continued development of Android app

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SwiftKey adds support for Android Marshmallow and its new emoji

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SwiftKey beta for Android gains new stats

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SwiftKey brings new emoji to its beta app

Latest SwiftKey beta adds support for new emoji... if you're on Android 6.0.1

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Swiftkey Symbols helps those with special needs communicate using images

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SwiftKey adds Pinyin support and more

SwiftKey adds Pinyin support, makes typing improvements and changes to emoji panel

SwiftKey is pushing another update to its popular keyboard on Android which brings Pinyin support, typing enhancements and more. Earlier this year, SwiftKey added Chinese language support to the keyboard, and now it is expanding upon that. Additionally, it has added a light and dark mode for the...

SwiftKey 6.0 lands in Google Play with double-word prediction, 34 new themes and more

SwiftKey 6.0 is now out of beta and available as an update for SwiftKey users through Google Play. This update is a big one, and brings some great new features to the already awesome keyboard. In this, you'll now have double-word prediction, meaning that SwiftKey will try and predict not only...
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SwiftKey Beta 6.0 adds word prediction improvements, new emoji panel and more

The popular SwiftKey virtual keyboard for Android is conducting an open beta test for its 6.0 update. It adds a number of new features, including some word prediction improvements and a revamped emoji panel. While SwiftKey has been working on better word predictions for some time, it is now...

SwiftKey debuts new neural network keyboard to offer smarter word suggestions

SwiftKey has released another Greenhouse project, this time its the first ever smartphone keyboard that uses an artificial neural network. So, how does this differ from their existing keyboard? SwiftKey is well known for its current keyboards, and its smart word predictions, but the company...
SwiftKey brings retro game characters to your fingertips with 5 new free themes

SwiftKey brings retro game characters to your fingertips with 5 new free themes

If you're a SwiftKey user with a penchant for retro video games, the keyboard's latest set of themes may be of interest to you. Starting today, you'll be able to head over to the SwiftKey theme store and download 5 new themes featuring iconic retro game characters that appear in the new movie...
SwiftKey for Android updates with Carbon theme and more

SwiftKey update for Android adds a Carbon default theme and a new settings interface

SwiftKey users will be able to download the latest Android update from the Google Play Store today, which offers a new Carbon default theme and the debut of the SwiftKey Hub. The SwiftKey virtual keyboard is a popular choice for Android smartphones, and today it's rolling out a big update in the...
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Hexy launcher is the latest from SwiftKey's Greenhouse incubator

The second release for SwiftKey's 'Greenhouse' innovation incubator isn't a keyboard — it's a launcher. If you're looking for a new launcher to try out, a new one's available today from a slightly unlikely source — keyboard guru SwiftKey. Hexy launcher — so named for the hexagon-style UI — comes...
SwiftKey's Clarity Keyboard Beta update fixes crashing on Samsung devices, more

SwiftKey updates Clarity Keyboard Beta with fix for crashes on Samsung devices, more

Swiftkey has updated its recently-released Clarity Keyboard Beta today with some fixes for a couple of particularly nasty bugs. The specific bugs addressed by SwiftKey in this update relate to crashing that would occur on startup when using the keyboard on Samsung devices, as well as a...

SwiftKey launches 'Greenhouse' endeavor with new Clarity keyboard

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Swiftkey introduces Swiftkey Hub in latest beta update

Latest SwiftKey beta overhauls the UI, adds SwiftKey Hub

The latest addition to the SwiftKey beta is SwiftKey Hub, the new location for the most popular SwiftKey settings and content. SwiftKey, a popular keyboard replacement, has added a new feature in the latest beta update, SwiftKey Hub. What SwiftKey Hub does is move the most popular SwiftKey...
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Swiftkey releases new themes for college basketball's March Madness

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OnePlus One update installs SwiftKey for you. Because.

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SwiftKey keyboard now available in Chinese

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SwiftKey wraps up a huge year with big plans for themes

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