SwiftKey is one of the more popular third-party keyboards available for Android. The company has both a beta version of their keyboard – which is available on the Play Store separately – and the more stable version, which was updated today with tons of new emojis. Back in December, shortly after Google brought loads of new emojis to Android, SwiftKey brought 184 new emojis to their beta app. And as of today, they are now officially in the stable version of the keyboard. This includes emojis like the upside-down smiley face, the burrito, crab, bottle with popping cork, hot dog, and many others. SwiftKey also improved a few emojis including the pile of poo, flushed face and peach. With the new emojis, there is a caveat here. They will only appear for those that have Android 6.0.1 on their device. Unfortunately earlier versions of Android aren’t supported with the updated unicode that brings us new emojis.
While new emojis are always exciting, that’s not all that’s new with this latest update for SwiftKey. The keyboard now has official support for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Prior to this the keyboard did work with Marshmallow, but it didn’t support the new API’s and such that were included in the Marshmallow update. Additionally, SwiftKey now allows input currency for Argentina, Estonia, Canada, Australia, Germany, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Russia. While changes include autospace working when typing in Japanese, Evernote personalization repeat listing in settings anymore. And for URL typing, there’s no more autocorrect, now capitalizing the first “w” in the URL. All of which are pretty important changes and updates to SwiftKey, making it even better to use.
Having been around for a few years now, SwiftKey has been a pretty popular keyboard with over 10 million downloads since its inception. Additionally, it’s gone from being a paid app to being a freemium app and making money off of selling things like themes. Speaking of which, SwiftKey has a large number of themes available for their keyboard, and they are constantly adding more all the time. SwiftKey has many features, including stats to help you see how much more productive you are with the keyboard and in their beta build they also have stats showing you what topics you type about most, your most used emoji and much more.