It today’s bloatware news, OnePlus One has partnered with SwiftKey and plans on including the popular keyboard replacement with CyanogenMod 11S as part of the next over-the-air (OTA) update. Yes, this is considered bloatware, but at least they picked a decent app. SwiftKey is by far the best third party keyboard available today, and the good news is that you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to.
If you think deciding between typing letters and swiping between letters is big deal on English keyboards used on smartphones, imagine if you had to add in options to use a third or fourth method to produce the typed script you intended. That is what some Asian smartphone users face if they want to use Chinese Pinyin, Zhuyin or Cangjie to produce Chinese script. In response to that, Swiftkey has recently completed beta testing their app for the Chinese language and has released an update to support Chinese.
For the first time in forever, SwiftKey is offering branded keyboard themes. And based on market research that must have demonstrated that the bulk of SwiftKey users are young girls, the first themes to hit the market will be for Disney’s animated juggernaut Frozen. (Or it’s also likely that Disney Consumer Products dangled the metaphorical carrot in front of SwiftKey product developers.)
On top of minor bug fixes and improved responsiveness, SwiftKey‘s 5.1.2 update to its 5.1 build also includes a bevy of “festive” holiday themes bundled in a new Gift Wrap pack.
To kick off Black Friday and the shopping holiday season, SwiftKey has started a sale on keyboard themes in their theme store. The individual themes aren’t marked down, but you can pick up entire theme packs up to 66% off, which is a great deal.
These theme packs are only available on Android, so be sure to pick up a few to show your iOS friends that some Android apps still have some pretty cool exclusive stuff.
Swiftkey announced an update to their Swiftkey Keyboard for Android app to add some performance improvements and even more supported languages. The primary focus of the updated release is on the performance improvements that were pursued based on feedback received from their users.
SwiftKey is one of the best third-party keyboards available for Android. The app recently went completely free and is now selling themes to support itself instead of having customers pay several bucks for the keyboard up front. The good part about that model is that SwiftKey occasionally adds new keyboard skins to the SwiftKey store.
The latest two entries are focused on Google’s new Material Design standard. These themes take the Material Design aesthetic and blend it with SwiftKey’s own personal look, and the results are pretty great. The themes come in both a light and dark flavor and are available for $0.99 each.
Popular 3rd-party keyboard Swiftkey has released a couple of spooky new themes to their store just in time for Halloween. The themes (Graveyard and Jack O’Lantern) are perfect for the impending festivities and are worth the $0.99 they each cost. Any users out there planning on grabbing these? Let us know in the comments and once you are done dressing up your keyboard, let us know what your costume is this year!
SwiftKey pushed an update to the Play Store today, their largest update since making the popular keyboard free to the public. While the update features a ton of performance improvements, it also features some new themes and three new languages (Kyrgyz, Tajik and Turkmen).
Back in December, SwiftKey launched a Beta 4.5 that included a number row and emoji. We expected those features to make its way to the full app a lot sooner, but better late than never right? Today, SwiftKey released version 5 bringing all these features plus a lot more.
With version 5, you will not only get the optional number row and over 800 emoji, but you will also get a SwiftKey store with new downloadable themes, a new default theme, emoji predictions, improved prediction engine, new languages, and improved flow trails. Best of all, SwiftKey is now Free for all.