Today SwiftKey, a popular third-party keyboard for iOS, has released a major update that adds several highly requested features.
The number one feature request was emoji support, which can now be easily accessed by tapping the smiley face on the bottom left corner of the keyboard. The company has also added a new predictive emoji tool that learns the most frequently used emoji and suggests them while typing.
The suggestions are inserted directly into the existing word suggestion row on the top of the keyboard. The new feature makes it a lot easier to insert fun characters into text.
“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.”
In addition, the update included SwiftKey Flow for the iPad. The feature, which was previously limited to iPhone users, allows you to type by swiping on the screen. The update also brings support for 11 new languages, including Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Hinglish, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, and Turkish.
SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS is available as a free download from the App Store. The app requires any device running iOS 8 or later and has been optimized for the iPhone 5, 6, and 6 Plus.