Microsoft-owned SwiftKey is one of the most popular keyboard apps on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. With the latest beta update for Android, the company has changed the app name from SwiftKey to Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard. This new update also adds Emoji 12.0 support for Android 10 devices.
SwiftKey was first released in 2010 for Android smartphones. It was later made available for iPhones in 2014 when Apple added third-party keyboard support on iOS. In 2016, Microsoft acquired SwiftKey for $250 million.
SwiftKey is now Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard
Its popularity has grown among smartphone users. By the end of 2019, SwiftKey also surpassed 500 million downloads on the Google Play Store. Even after the acquisition, the app has mostly remained the same. However, a few Microsoft-centric features like Bing search and Microsoft translation were added.
In a new update released in February, SwiftKey added Microsoft to its name in the settings menu. The latest beta update with version 7.5.15 officially confirms the name change and it will now be called Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard. The name change is also visible on the space bar when using the keyboard itself.
The company should keep the Microsoft branding minimal instead of applying all over the UI. Earlier this year, Facebook rebranded WhatsApp and Instagram to "WhatsApp from Facebook" and "Instagram from Facebook" respectively.
Latest beta update brings Emoji 12.0 support
With the upcoming stable update, Microsoft might make this change applicable to all SwiftKey users. In terms of improvements, this new update brings Emoji 12.0 support for the latest Android 10 smartphones. The new emojis include flamingo, otter, sloth, white heart, and more.
The app offers an enhanced swipe to type experience along with the spell checker and AI-powered text predictions. SwiftKey supports over 300 languages and can text in up to 5 languages at the same. It also learns from the user's typing and adapts itself to provide better text and emoji suggestions.
SwiftKey is one of the main competitors to the Google-owned Gboard keyboard app. There are many similarities between these two apps. However, SwiftKey offers wide selection of themes and also the incognito mode where the keyboard turns black and turns off learning mode. The app also provide deeper analytics which include heat map and word count.
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