The SwiftKey developers are getting ready to introduce a version of their popular third-party keyboard with Japanese input support. Prominent features should transition over just fine, with the keyboard still able to make personalized predictions and suggest emoji that it thinks may be appropriate. It will be able to switch back and forth between Japanese and English, making it useful for native Japanese speakers and friends of Japanese speakers alike.


The app is currently in beta, but it's open for anyone to download and try. To do so, just head over to http://www.swiftkey.net/jp. There you can sign up for the open beta and help the team work out the kinks.

What's new:

  • Both Japanese and English language support
  • SwiftKey Heatmap, which gives users a visual representation of how they type, and game-changing autocorrection – unique in the Japanese market and functions that we hope will revolutionize the typing experience for our first-time Japanese users!
  • Our SwiftKey Flow function in English – an additional innovation for the Japanese market
  • Emoji prediction – not only does SwiftKey have fully integrated emoji menus, emojis are also suggested as you type for fun-filled sentences
  • Personalized predictions tailored to you, learning your particular writing style across your social networks

Source: SwiftKey

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  • Enoch Kim

    Finally. It's about time they added this!

  • firesoul453

    Dang. Swiftkey is definitely my favorite keyboard.

  • TerrenceT

    so when i can get Mandarin version?

    • AOSPrevails

      Waiting on it as well, tired of switching between Swiftkey and Google Pinyin.

    • josh_yth

      i really hope they would get the chinese version out soon. i bought the app almost three year ago, and i still haven't use it once

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  • MyLeftNut

    Dear merciful Jebus, this will get me back to SwiftKey so fast once it's out of beta. Only took a few years.

  • tamagoyorokobi

    Yes! Hopefully now I won't have to waste time switching between keyboards.

    • Hamuko

      Well, you will, since it's a separate app.

      • tamagoyorokobi

        Aww really? I wish they could integrate them so you can just swap between languages with a button or something. Ah well.

  • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Z が あらわれた!

    Took too long for this!!
    Well, better late than never...

  • Alberto Blasi

    Still they can't design a theme that is remotely close to Android's default keyboard.

    • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

      The Holo theme is fairly close. Why does it matter though? It's not the stock Google keyboard, why should they make it look like it is?

      • Myamo

        It doesn't have to look like the default keyboard, but one theme that doesn't leave me wanting to claw my eyes out would be nice...

  • r0xp0x

    I wish you could enter kanji as you do with Simeji where you just hit space to go through the available kanjis. But maybe that's because I'm used to how Simeji does it. Still gotta try this out!

  • HolyFreakingCrap

    On your mark, get set, TERRIBLE!

    This is Swiftkey.

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