Today, we’re rolling out our biggest update yet for SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch. Brand new features include many that you’ve requested: emoji, SwiftKey Flow for iPad, keyboard click sounds and 11 more of your most-requested languages!
We’ve built emoji right into SwiftKey Keyboard so you can now express yourself when words don’t quite cut it. Just as it learns the words and phrases that matter to you, SwiftKey also learns and predicts which emoji you use most often so you can spend less time looking for that perfect smiley (or slice of pizza – whatever you’re into).
You can find more than 800 fun emoji by tapping the “smiley” button on the bottom left of the keyboard. The more often you add a fun icon to your messages, the more SwiftKey will learn to offer it to you in the prediction bar.
SwiftKey Flow is now available for iPad, in addition to iPhone and iPod touch. SwiftKey Flow lets you enter words quickly by swiping your finger across the screen – all while learning from you to deliver the best possible predictions.
You can alternate between tapping and ‘flowing’ your words at any time, and the Flow feature works seamlessly with all of SwiftKey’s other features, including autocorrect, quick period and more.
SwiftKey is also adding 11 new languages to the iOS app, bringing its total number of supported languages to 35. Don’t forget you can have up to two languages enabled at a time – perfect for bilingual speakers! These new languages include:
We’re also excited to announce that Arabic, Hebrew and Persian – some of our most requested languages – are now in testing phase in a closed beta. One of SwiftKey’s strengths is our multilingual support, letting you switch seamlessly between languages/layouts within one keyboard. We’re committed to offering this same experience, regardless of whether the languages are right-to-left (a.k.a. RTL – like Arabic, Hebrew and Persian) or left-to-right (LTR – like English and French). This is a complex implementation, and we’re working hard to provide you with the best possible typing experience. Thanks for your patience along the way! If you’re interested in beta testing one or more of these languages, please fill out the form here – the first 100 to reply will be invited to participate in our testing process.
Lastly, you can now type as loudly as you please, as SwiftKey for iPhone & iPad now includes keyboard click sounds! This feature is turned off by default but can easily be enabled by opening the SwiftKey Keyboard app and visiting Keyboard Settings > Advanced settings.
Additional improvements in this update include general bug fixes and improved layouts to support new languages.
As always, keep us posted on how things are going through our Support site; we love to hear your feedback and suggestions. You can reach us on Facebook and Twitter, and we’d love for you to join our iOS VIP Community.
Eric and the Community Team