SwiftKey for iPhone Gets Emoji Prediction, New Themes, and More

Posted on July 20, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in iOS, Mobile with 19 Comments

SwiftKey for iPhone Gets Emoji Prediction, New Themes, and More

Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard for iPhone has received a significant update that adds emoji prediction, new themes, new languages, and more.

As you may recall, Microsoft purchased the popular SwiftKey and its popular Android and iOS software keyboards in early 2016 Since then, the software giant has worked to continually update this solution, most notably in December 2016, when it made SwiftKey themes—previously in-app purchases—available for free.

With this week’s update, SwiftKey for iOS—which works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch–is being updated with a nice slate of new features. Among them are:

Emoji prediction. A new emoji prediction panel is available when you tap the emoji key, providing a selection of 18 emoji that match the sentence you type. This should make it faster to making it faster to find what you’re looking for.

New themes. SwiftKey is picking up 8 new “Oxygen” themes in various bright colors including Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Light Blue, Blue, Purple and Pink. Like other themes, they’re all free.

More responsive trigger cursor control. Thanks to feedback, SwiftKey’s trigger cursor control—basically, swipe-based cursor movement—is now more responsive.

Haptic feedback. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users will now experience haptic feedback on certain keyboard actions, including opening the emoji panel.

More languages. SwiftKey’s already-impressive language support is swelling with 15 new languages in this update, bringing the total to over 115. Newly-supported languages include Akan (Twi), Egyptian Arabic, Bambara, Dagbani, Jola-Fonyi, Ewe, Gujlish, Greenlandic, Lingala, Latgalian, Mossi, Northern Sami, Shona, Tanglish, and Wolof.

Not using SwiftKey yet? You can download it from the Apple Apps Store. (There’s no mention of the Android version being updated, but I assume that will happen soon as well.)


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