Lookout, folks. Any and every keyboard developer for Android is licking its chops today, as Apple finally will allow third-party keyboards in iOS 8 — a feature we've enjoyed on Android for as long as I can remember. The difference, of course, is that Android's stock keyboard wasn't all that impressive for quite some time, allowing the likes of SwiftyKey and Swype to take over. It'll be interesting to see how many make the leap to iOS 8., but those two are well at work.
For its part, SwiftKey already is on board, telling us:
"We're delighted Apple has decided to embrace the importance of opening its platform to third party keyboards. For more than four years, SwiftKey has pioneered faster, easier typing on touchscreens, leading the industry with next-word prediction and smarter autocorrection. Our technology features on more than 200 million devices to date and we can't wait to reach more. We first brought a taste of our technology to iOS in January this year with the launch of the free note-taking app SwiftKey Note. Are we going to build SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS8? Of course we are. We've already started."
More going on at iMore.
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