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Dec
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SwiftKey is well-known for being one of the best third-party keyboards available for Android. What users of other keyboards may not know, however, is that the company also loves to bake little surprises into the app, especially around the holidays (like the "tilt" feature from April Fool's Day).

While the keyboard has already received a festive holiday theme with the most recent update, that's not the only wintery goodness the developers threw into the keyboard – there's a fun little easter egg, too.

It's extremely easy to do: just type "hohoho," long-press it in the word suggestions bar, and watch it snow.

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For the rest of the time that window is open, snow will fall across the display (you can continue typing and using the device normally, the snow will keep coming), even accumulating a little bit at the bottom. Once you exit the foreground app or close the keyboard, the snow disappears and everything goes back to normal.

SwiftKey is on sale for a limited time, so if digital snow falling across your device's screen has always been a dream, you're $2 away from celebrating wintery-bliss. Enjoy.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Ralph1001

    Happy to be living in Florida!

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  • Richard Harper

    Hohoho wow it snows hehe

  • outadoc

    Best. Email signature. Ever.

  • Daniel DS

    When it type "hohoho", it doesn't suggest it as a word in the predictions, but it suggest gigolo instead WTF xD

    • impulse101

      Type a sentence with hohoho. Then start typing another one and it should show up as a prediction

    • exadeci

      Well it suggest first words from your own dictionary.... ;)

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    • veRdiKt

      WTF

  • Daire O Connor

    Doesn't work on my S4, I just get a pop up asking to Remove the prediction.

    • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

      is your app up to date?

      • Daire O Connor

        Ignore my immense stupidity! Didn't have the Xmas theme turned on! Literally just face palmed myself into another dimension.

  • http://nrajesh.com Rajesh

    Wow! That's a first (easter egg) in keyboard history. These guys are indeed creative...

    • impulse101

      Considering its not their first easter egg, you would be wrong

      • mustbepbs

        It's like he didn't even read the article where they mentioned the April Fools Day one.

        • http://nrajesh.com Rajesh

          Nope didn't go through the links within the post - just got to know how to try the easter egg and used it

      • http://nrajesh.com Rajesh

        Had no idea they made such things before. Probably should have gone through links within this post. My bad!

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Don't think it works with the current Beta version which doesn't have the winter theme.

    • AllPurposeRadio

      Ok scratch that Beta I was out of date winter theme is there and I got it to work...even cooler is(no pun intended) is the way snow flies out of the keys when using swipe gesture to type.

  • O’s Fan91

    Wow, i cant get it to work. Just asks me if I want to remove the prediction. I must be an idiot

  • Ian Fay

    Don't forget the excellent wintery theme, which leaves snow in your wake as you swipe your finger to spell stuff.

  • Twigz2010

    Also, the snow falls in a different direction depending on how you hold your device - turn it 45° and the snow falls diagonally

  • RH

    Got it....
    Tip...type hohoho, another line with hohoho (space) then hohoho...showed up on mine, then it worked. Also, it only worked in portrait, not landscape, Gnote1, 4.1.2

  • EMBRAA

    Now if only the Amazon Appstore would let this update go through. I got full Swiftkey awhile back as a free app of the day, so I'm dependent on Amazon's approval of updates. Uuuuugh wtf?

    • Stone Cold

      Easier just to pay for it. I like AAS but it is a resource hog always running in the background.