The popular keyboard app SwiftKey has a new update rolling out in the Play Store today. The update, version 220.127.116.11 for those keeping score at home, is primarily a performance and bug fix release but there are a couple of new features of note too.
First, the app now supports signing in and synchronizing of your learned words and typing patterns with your Microsoft account. Support for Google and email sign-ins have been support for some time now but not for those who prefer to use their Microsoft account. Why is this a big deal? Because Microsoft owns SwiftKey. They bought the company in February 2016 so it seems odd that it took this long to bring support for their own accounts to their own apps.
SwiftKey, the powerful keyboard app that introduced Artificial Intelligence learning in a keyboard app, has a new update rolling out in the Play Store. The update brings the normal set of behind-the-scenes updates and performance improvements but it also brings new languages.
In all, 7 new languages have been added to SwiftKey, bringing the total number of supported languages up to 205. Here are those new languages.
In addition to the new languages, transliteration support for Sinhala & Dhivehi has also been added in this update.
SwiftKey, one of the more popular keyboard apps for Android, has received a sizable update that brings improved Flow typing predictions to your phone. The Microsoft owned SwiftKey will now give you three predictions as you type or use Flow, the swiping across the keyboard to spell words. As you type, the center word is highlighted and will be automatically inserted as you begin typing the next word. If, however, that word is not correct, you can tap the left or right word next to it for it to be inserted. Previously it would only insert whatever word it though you were typing which caused users to have to backspace to type in the correct word.
Along with new predictive typing model, this update also fixes a big where the brackets in right-t0-left languages are no longer flipped incorrectly and has added four keypress sound profiles to the
app. If you want to have sound with keypresses, you can now choose from Modern, Android, Traditional or Blip. Previously only Traditional was available.
While Google’s GBoard has been getting the lion share of attention these past few months, rightfully so, SwiftKey has been doing a lot of what GBoard does for a long time. It also has some 250 million users globally which shows its stamina. If you haven’t tried it out, it is free and available in the Play Store.
According to a report from the Financial Times, Microsoft is set to announced the acquisition of the popular keyboard app developer Swiftkey for $250 million. While neither company would confirm the report, it is expected to be announced later this week.
Swiftkey is hugely popular with Android and iOS users who leverage the apps artificial intelligence to quickly sort out what someone is typing as they swipe across the keyboard on their device. It is at AI that Microsoft is interested in acquiring as the Redmond company continues to drive its mobile app strategy despite their own mobile platform being all-but dead.