SwiftKey gets a name update and Emoji 12 support

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What you need to know

  • SwiftKey is now called Microsoft SwiftKey.
  • The name change rolled out to SwiftKey Beta last week and is now in the public version of the app.
  • The update that brings the name change also brings support for Emoji 12.
  • Microsoft purchased SwiftKey in 2016.

SwiftKey is now known as Microsoft SwiftKey, adding Microsoft's name to the app after being purchased by Microsoft four years ago. The name change appears on the Google Play listing for SwiftKey but hasn't rolled out to the iOS version yet. The name change appeared on the beta version of SwiftKey last week, and is now on the public version of the app.

In addition to adding Microsoft to the app's name, SwiftKey now supports Emoji 12.0 and has a new icon. Vishnu Nath, partner director of PM Microsoft Mobile & X-Device experiences, shared the news of the name change and update on Twitter.

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Microsoft purchased SwiftKey in 2016 (opens in new tab) and its userbase has grown since the purchase. SwiftKey hit 500 million users toward the end of 2019.

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Microsoft SwiftKey

SwiftKey provides a variety of input methods for your Android device's keyboard. You can swipe to type, dictate text, and share emojis and GIFs through SwiftKey.

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  • I used swiftkey years back on a phone that was to be honest not that great, I think it was a HTC wildfire, it was at the time the first and only keyboard I think that offered swiping at the time.,
    My Nexus 4 had Gboard and I thought even then it was a better keyboard, but my latest phone a P10 lite has Swiftkey and while I did try it for a few weeks I could not take to it, so installed gboard and i think Gboard is still better keyboard. I am certainly not bothered about Emoji 12 support what ever that is, in fact if I could get rid of emojis from the keyboard I would, I hate the things.