SwiftKey impresses with newest update

SwiftKey is by far my favourite Android keyboard. While in the past, being a paid app may have been prohibitive to newer users, today’s update changes that. SwiftKey is, from today, permanently free on the Play Store. Read on to find out more…

While this is great news for new users, people who have previously purchased SwiftKey will not be left in the lurch. Legacy customers will get a premium theme pack for free. This is, of course,  only possible with the introduction of the new SwiftKey Store, part of today’s update as well. Currently in the SwiftKey Store, there are 30 beautiful themes available for purchase, and we are expecting more in the near future. Along with this, the update brings an optional dedicated number row, emoji support, and an improved prediction engine. The changelog can be viewed below:

  • SwiftKey Store, with 30+ new themes and counting
  • New beautiful default theme
  • Emoji support, with over 800 to choose from
  • Emoji prediction and learning
  • Optional dedicated number row
  • Improved prediction engine and Flow accuracy
  • New languages
  • New, improved Flow trails

A more detailed changelog is available on the SwiftKey blog. Here is the promotional video that has been released alongside, as well as some accompanying screenshots.

Personally, I am really impressed with this update, and really hope the SwiftKey team will continue to deliver. However, I’m really not sure whether their new freemium model is going to work out  well for them; somehow, custom colour keyboards just don’t feel like something I’d pay for. Perhaps there is a market for this, perhaps there isn’t, and only time will tell how this switch will affect the developers.

Of course, they may just be able to secure another revenue stream by selling their keyboard on iOS 8, and I can’t wait to see how the 3rd party keyboard thing is going to play out on iOS 8. What do you think about Swiftkey’s latest update?

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