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Microsoft Will Remove SwiftKey Keyboard On Oct. 5

SwiftKey keyboard
Microsoft Will Remove SwiftKey Keyboard

Microsoft announced that the SwiftKey keyboard will be removed from the App Store on Oct. 5.

Chris Wolfe, Director of Product Management at SwiftKey, told ZDNet:

“SwiftKey iOS will no longer be supported and delisted on October 5. Microsoft will support SwiftKey Android and the Windows touch keyboard technology. SwiftKey on iOS will continue to work until uninstalled or a new device is purchased. So Support.SwiftKey.com has more.”

No reason was given for removing the iOS keyboard. SwiftKey hadn’t been updated in over a year, so iOS users were suspicious. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley suspects “Apple’s walled garden” policies made SwiftKey impossible to integrate with iOS.

SwiftKey

SwiftKey is well-established on Android. It introduced predictive text and expanded on Swype’s gesture typing for Google-powered phones. SwiftKey (free) now has an iPhone app. The iPhone app isn’t as mature as its Android counterpart, but it’s a solid iOS competitor.

Furthermore SwiftKey requires iOS 8. I tested on an iPhone 5c(at Amazon) (Opens in a new window). Setup involves more than just installing an app. SwiftKey’s settings are in two apps: Settings and SwiftKey. Confusing. Cloud-based dictionary and Facebook connection require opt-in. Apple’s standard keyboard appears while entering passwords, but SwiftKey collects user data.

Different Between SwiftKey & Swype

Swype and SwiftKey aren’t as quick or dependable as Apple’s default keyboard. Third-party keyboard developers may be at a disadvantage on iOS. I’m not sure why.

SwiftKey has light and dark themes. Swype is more customizable. SwiftKey keyboards resemble the stock keyboard, so new users won’t be confused. Swype’s placement of numbers and punctuation confuses me.
SwiftKey’s keyboard displays uppercase or lowercase depending on whether shift or caps lock is pressed. Apple’s always-capped keyboard has been eliminated.
In addition SwiftKey’s removal of the dictation button reduces the benefit of gesture typing. Apple doesn’t let keyboard extensions access the microphone. SwiftKey includes a return key and a button for most punctuation marks, which I enjoy. Moreover SwiftKey simultaneously supports 10 languages. SwiftKey kept up when I switched between German and English. This appeals to polyglots.
Cursing. SwiftKey lacks swear words like the Apple keyboard. Adding a four-letter word to your dictionary is easy. Once on the list, gesture typing will recognise it as a suggestion.

Configurations, Stats

SwiftKey offers more than just extra keys to improve typing speed. You’ll discover how-to videos, prediction parameters, and layouts under settings. SwiftKey’s statistics area shows how many keystrokes it’s saved and how many typos it’s fixed. A “heat map” reveals how accurately you type and which keys you miss. You can share these statistics via Android’s share menu, although it’s probably more beneficial to SwiftKey’s marketing team than to you. You can also personalise the keyboard for your typing style, colour scheme, and key height.

Summary

SwiftKey’s customizable possibilities, smart technology, and new Flow feature are top-notch. However Our favorite Android keyboard app. SwiftKey can sync your saved words and typing profile between tablets and phones, making it even more useful. We think it’s worth the $3.99 price tag.

 

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