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Good news: if you've been holding out on buying the premium version of SwiftKey for some reason, it's now officially free. The former trial version is gone from the Play Store, leaving only the once-paid version of the keyboard for all to download and use.

SwiftKey told us that moving forward it's going to focus on having the release cycle halved, so oft-requested features will make it into finalized builds much faster. These quicker releases will be much more quality-focused, according to SK.

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This also brings about a dramatic shift in the way SwiftKey will monetize. Instead of charging for the keyboard itself, the company has launched the SwiftKey Store (which you can find inside the app) where users can download new, premium themes – one of the longest-running requests from the majority of all SK users. Over 30 new free and paid themes are available at launch.

As a sort of thank you, the company is offering a Premier Pack with 10 new themes – a $4.99 value – to all current premium users free of charge. SwiftKey has also gotten a new default theme that is substantially less ugly than the former stock look.

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Left: New Nickel theme with number row. Middle: Nickel, no number row. Right: Nickel Light.

But wait, there's more! Let's talk about numbers. We all use them, though sometimes it's a bit of a pain to switch back and forth between letters and numbers (or long-press). For those of you who want the ease of inputting numbers without the hassle, a dedicated number row, previously available in the beta, is now an option. I can almost feel the happiness pouring out all over the internet already.

Aside from numbers, you know what else most people like? Emoji. Following the beta, with this update SwiftKey has more than 800 emoji to choose from, all of which will now show up in the prediction bar. Once you get the update, you should group text everyone in your address book with all 800+ fun, festive little icons. All of your contacts will be overjoyed at the sight of all those emoji!

Otherwise, there are a handful of other useful updates included:

  • an improved prediction engine
  • support for additional languages (Belarusian, Mongolian, Tatar, Uzbek, and Welsh)
  • better flow trails.

All in all, this is probably the biggest SwiftKey update we've ever seen. And with the core experience (which is what makes SK so great in the first place) now free, there's never been a better time to give it a shot. Get it below.

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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.

  • Manny
    • Lexster

      I agree with Brent. Thumbs up!

    • Simon Belmont

      Ha. Brent is basically real life Bart Simpson.

      Well. At least that's what he reminds me of (hairstyle and so forth).

  • Kuyam

    Previously had the paid version installed and I got a free premium pack of themes.

    Doh.. says so in the article too :).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, you get the free premier pack with 10 themes.

      • Captain Canada

        To get the free pack you need to sign in using your Google account? I don't like that and based on the themes we're getting, no thanks. I love cobalt but would prefer a stock Google look, my OCD will violently continue until then.

        • Simon Belmont

          Yup. You have to sign in to the SK cloud with your Google account.

          I hadn't done that either up until today, but I read their privacy policy (the whole long document) and they seem really dedicated to it and they're using good encryption (in storage and transport of data) and so forth. So, I took the plunge and logged in, and I'm pleased with having my learned words and stuff synced between my devices so far (and the 10 themes was a bonus).

  • tintin.92

    It's really good that it's free and all, but is it any better at typing? I had tried the trial version for version 3, and the auto correction was nowhere near as good as I needed (being a recent convert from iPhone).

    Is it any better than Smart Keyboard Pro?

    • Cody Shiranai

      I think you might be missing how it works, it's not quite auto-correction as auto-prediction. It figures out how YOU type and the words you are most likely to use. I use a lot of geek words and phrasing, so auto-correction would be a NIGHTMARE for me with something constantly trying to correct things I wish to use. It's currently the only way I can actually type "fuck" on a regular basis without it being changed to "duck" all the time.

      Pretty much anytime I type Batman (it first off, knows Batman with just a few clicks), then it suggest the next word will be Ben, and then Affleck, or Arkham and then either Knight, City, or Origins.

      • tintin.92

        Sure, I don't like it when "fuck" changes to "duck" either. But most of my messaging is regular, english words. Also, I like to type very fast, small mistakes (off by one letter on the keyboard) need to be corrected. iPhone keyboard was amazing at this.

        Swiftkey wan't. Dunno how this new version will turn out...

        • Longtime SwiftKey user

          You don't get it. SwiftKey takes time to know you more before it can start doing well on it's auto correction/prediction. I speak English with my native language and so far it's been able to predict what I'm going to say next even in my native tongue.

          • tintin.92

            So basically I should just "hang in there"?

          • Med student

            Pretty much! Give it 2 weeks :) If you're not happy with it by then (unlikely), then try something else. Apple has now also embraced custom keyboards in IOS 8 and has a deal with swiftkey for the next iPhone :) swiftkey is very good on all platforms :)

          • Cody Shiranai

            It's more prediction than correction. It's more about understanding you and your way or typing (and with the internet, you'd be amazed at all the things that are purposely mistyped now and it's more annoying to force it to not correct than it is to just learn from your Facebook, Google+, Twitter and such how you already type and just go from there. Someone else typing on my phone might have a tough time (though, in that case, they can just temporarily switch to another keyboard and leave my very personalized Swiftkey alone.

          • tintin.92

            I get that it's focus is on predictions, but the speed at which I type, I really don't have time to check each of the predictions after each word.

            Besides, why doesn't it correct simple mistakes like "woll" for "will or "auti" for "auto"?

          • functor

            Swiftkey will adapt to a fast typing style that emphasises auto-correct over time if you type in complete words and avoid selecting candidates. Both of the examples you give auto-correct on swiftkey for me every time, and some other variations. It also learns where you press the screen when you intended to hit a particular key for each key.

          • le_lutin

            It does correct "woll" for "will" and it corrects auti to anti, but it will learn that you want auto if you choose it.

    • Will Dutton

      Woah, I haven't seen that question for a couple of years.

    • http://ashish.bogawat.com Ashish Bogawat

      Dude, compared to the iPhone, even the first beta version of Swiftkey felt generations ahead. As of now, it is the best keyboard on any mobile platform IMHO. Once you get used to the next word prediction (something iOS 8 is supposed to bring), you can't go back.

  • Hayden Lewis

    Hallelujah!

  • Cody Shiranai

    I was wondering what the update did that I suddenly was asked to pick some new themes. I too was a Premium, but I guess I shouldn't feel bad given I got mine when it was on sale anyway.

  • Yuval Rozin

    Gotta say, new themes are still kinda ugly...
    FLEKSY IMPLEMENT HEBREW ALREADY!!

    Oh and when apps I paid for go free it's pretty annoying...

    • Jiggy

      They are giving you a pack of 10 themes free.

      • Fellwalker

        And they're awful.

        • me

          Whaat? they are fucking gorgeous.

          • Fellwalker

            There is absolutely no need to swear. Especially when you are not even registered, just an anonymous guest.

          • me

            Fucking shit.

        • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

          beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

      • Guest

        But it's not just for ex premium users.

        • me

          It is.

        • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

          check the /r/android reddit thread, there might be a way to get it.

      • Ashmedai ♔

        Are they free for those who bought it?

    • Guest

      Yeah I hate it too and that's why I don't want to purchase and pay for apps anymore.

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        Think of it as supporting the developers

      • firesoul453

        So your not going to buy any apps because its possible that they might go free years later? Also they are giving you $3 in themes free which is probably what you paid for the app.

        • Simon Belmont

          Actually it's $4 in themes, free. But, I totally agree with you.

          The self-proclaimed entitlement to free stuff these days is insane. Wow.

          • andy_o

            It's not entitlement. It's worse. It's the "I got mine, fuck you" syndrome.

            (As a paid user, I'm glad it's free for others but kinda dislike most of the new themes, they could have let us choose.)

          • firesoul453

            Well another good thing about it being free is it sounds like it will improve the product for everyone.

          • Simon Belmont

            Well, to me. It almost sounded like the guy felt he was entitled to a refund or something (though, that is mostly implied) just because it went free.

            For an app that he's likely gotten years of use out of. And I think that's a crock.

          • andy_o

            Ah yeah, from that angle you're right, I agree.

    • Daniel DS

      The new themes are great IMO and it's the oy thing that was missing from the old SwiftKey. The Hebrew implementation is even better than with Google's keyboard so I don't know why you're complaining.
      I typed this comment with a new theme from the premium pack and it was a breeze.

    • Adam B.

      I hope they won't implement this awful langugage

      • Jephri

        What "langugage" are you referring to? I hope it isn't Hebrew as mentioned in the above post above because that sounds very anti-semetic. Racism has no place on this blog, so please apologize.

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        I guess you're aware that you are indeed an absolute and brainless moron.
        In case you aren't, let me say that you are an absolute and brainless moron.

    • Golden Eagle

      Waaaaahhhhhhh

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    At first I was like, alright, I'll check out the several new clean themes (Spotlight Blue, for example). Then I realized it has no secondary keys displayed, and the clean look comes at the expense of losing key borders. I'm back to Nickel, which I sort of dig, actually.

    • G3Sidhu

      I'm 🆗 without 🔑 borders, but I so want the secondary characters!

      • Simon Belmont

        Yeah. I can deal with no borders, but the missing secondary keys is annoying.

        I hope they update their themes to add them back in. And soon.

        • supremekizzle

          What do you mean by secondary keys? Like punctuation or spacial symbols?

          • Simon Belmont

            Yes. The characters you get when you long press the key.

            Sorry I wasn't more clear on that. I really do hope they add them back because I probably won't use the themes that lack them.

          • craig

            there are still there.. same way, long press to view them..

    • pyroguysf

      As far as "clean" goes, I've always preferred the theme blandly named "Dark." It's totally flat, and instead of each key being boxed in, there's just a little line between keys. Visually, since there's no extra gap between boxed in keys, it at least seems like they're bigger, easier targets to hit too. I haven't looked through the new store, but it's the only theme for any keyboard I've seen quite like that.

      • Jaredsutter

        I wasn't thrilled with any of the new options and had settled on Nickel, but I found Chalkboard Blue and I think it is easily the nicest theme available. Flat, with lines between rows, and secondary icons shown. I think I would prefer if the light blue characters were replaced with a very light gray, but I it's much better than any of SK's original themes.

    • someone755

      I find Neptune Blue to be awesome. Nickel Light wasn't bad, but the key margins aren't well defined (and I hate that because I don't look at the letters when I type, I look at the button),
      All those other themes where key borders are nonexistent are cute, but not functional. Though if you really want key borders, the Retro Teal one works. Not well imo but it works...

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      Exactly what I came here to say. I got the spotlight orange theme for free (looks like swiftkey might give away paid themes for free from time to time) and switched to it. But the secondary characters vanished and so did the key borders. It looked beautiful, no doubt; but became less useful.

    • Harsha

      Actually I too missed the secondary character display in spotlight blue. But since I have been using beta for so long, I know where the most used secondary characters are. So long pressing the ke by instinct does the job. 👍

  • E Jom

    I dont know why they dont release the Chinese language already........... There is money to be earned from 2 billion Chinese in the world

    • Cody Shiranai

      Because it takes time for that to be there and just because you make it doesn't mean they will use it as they would be more likely to support a keyboard done "locally".

    • fsdfjjjkjkj

      I thought east asian languages weren't suited for keyboards? Thats why samsung developed the note phones so you could write it out

      • Jkgao

        That's not true.. Languages like Chinese, Korean and Japanese Daman definitely be typed with a keyboard and probably faster too.

      • xnadax

        Not true, fortunately. Typing Chinese or Japanese on a keyboard is much faster than writing by hand.

    • Mike Reid

      "Make it up on volume" doesn't apply as often as people (who mostly want a cheaper price) think.

      If you've never made money from China yourself, I'm sorry but I don't think it's as easy as you may think. Asian culture does not include intellectual property rights as much as outside of Asia. They are happy to take GPL code, modify, and never release source as required.

      Their hackers can defeat just about any copy protection/DRM, much more so than non-Chinese hackers. They have LOTS of experience. I was impressed when I saw what they did to disable MY attempts at DRM.

  • namesib

    When I can access the themes without the cloud service I'll be interested.

  • Daniel Antón García

    I love Spotlight Blue! Glad they gave the premium pack for free if you already were a user!

  • Stranger from a Far Coast

    This is the kings of all keyboard, Now ADD chinese and this will be god of all keyboards.

  • Hayden Lewis

    Anyone else having trouble getting onto Swiftkey's Website?

  • Daniel González

    Good. Now I'm waiting for a Google Keyboard theme for SwiftKey. That would be the best.

    • Andrew Beard

      The new Nicklel one is getting close. Not 100%, but close enough that I'm happy with it.

      • Alfredo Hernández

        Yeah, it's a really beautiful theme.

  • SSDROiD

    It also has a number row now, finally :D

  • Matt Dowdy

    The new icon looks like it's been designed to fit in with ios7 now that apple are allowing third party keyboards in ios8

    • ToreEiriksen

      That's a good thing!

    • Alfredo Hernández

      Still better than the previous one.

    • nezlobnyj

      the whole thing is happening because Apple allowed 3rd-party keyboards

      • Dakota

        It's happening because Apple is introducing Quick Type, which will be built into ios 8 and offer similar predictions. If iPhone customers have free predictive, similar to Swiftkey, they'd be less likely to pay $4 for an app to do the same. While apps are sometimes priced differently on the two platforms, a $4 difference would have really pissed off Android users. They made the smart move of giving users who paid for the app previously something free to avoid a backlash

        • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

          This. This is the real reason it went free. And I'm happy.

        • asdasd

          uhh google keyboard has prediction and flowing for a long while for free. swiftkey did not open a store within 1 week in response to apples announcement.

          • mantra2

            It's very likely they got word of what was going on before Apple announced it and planned ahead.

    • Humberto Cristobal

      Yup that's why they made it free cause most likely it'll be free for Apple or Android ios 8

  • troph

    Meh. Switched to Swype (since Swiftkey has been "developing" Chinese keyboard for the last 3 years...) and never looked back since.
    The copy, select all, paste function on swype is just too useful (Swype + C; Swype + A; Swype + V).

    • Rami

      I switched also to Swype for more reasons that you:

      I need to type in 2 languages, and in Swype with a quick gesture (Swype+space) I can switch the prediction language, while Swift has all languages enabled at the same time, and it does a lot of mistakes.

      Not to mention that I bought both SwiftKey normal and Tablet edition (which later became legacy), I might use the Refund trick to get some money back.

      • Satan’s Taint

        It's dicks like you that are going to abuse the refund, until Google stops doing it.

        • G3Sidhu

          He has a legit reason for refund. So being a dick Chad!

          • Rami

            I also said "I might use", not "I want to"....

            I used SwiftKey really a lot, and IMO it was worth what I paid for it, but thinking that I payed $8 for something that now is free is what pisses me off...

        • Nes

          I too bought the normal and tablet edition. The tablet edition after the normal after contacting them asking if they would make the normal version work with tablets. They told me the tablet one was optimized for tablets and that the phone one wasn't so I bought it and they discontinued it a couple of months after. I think I will refund it as well.

      • Henrique Persechini

        Double language is one of the reasons I used swiftkey in the first place! And thus I loved when swype implemented it and I could go back to using it without missing out on any features

        • Rami

          I love double language keyboards, but I want it to be more smart, for example if I start a sentence with a couple or English words, continue suggesting in English, but with swift key it frequently suggests some words in the second language.

          Swype you have only 1 language at a time, with a super easy way to switch between them (Swype + [Space]).

          • andy_o

            Exactly. And also, Swype is designed for sliding first, and tapping second whereas the opposite is for SK. Just need to see what your priorities are. For instance, SK's word choice are predictions so you have to backspace if it got a word wrong (which is much often for more than one language enabled as you say). Swype's word choice after sliding are corrections (and you can drag left to see more).

    • Brandon Fletcher

      Wait until your dictionary of custom words grows too large. After years of using Swype, my keyboard would take approximately 5 seconds before it would pop up, at nearly every instance where Android would need an on-screen keyboard. It made my phone unusable. They have still not fixed this as of the last update. I reluctantly switched from Swype to Swiftkey after several years and converting many people to Swype. Swiftkey's word accuracy is still not as proficient, but I can't deal with a phone with an unusable keyboard due to lag.

  • Booyabobby

    Will the Swiftkey Tablet (legacy) app get updated or should we just delete that and download the new Swiftkey? Overall I am loving the update. I can't decide which theme to choose from.

  • Fellwalker

    But the major value to me of having all 4 arrow buttons on the keyboard is STILL unavailable on tablets. Previously I had it on my nexus 7 by installing the phone version, but since they merged the apps is lost what I paid for. I have 4 arrows on my nexus 4 and nexus 5 but not on my nexus 7 2013, which physically had more space to put them! I really could not care about themes for SwiftKey , I want function over form, not pretty for the sake of it.
    And that free premium pack. Yeuch.

    • hairyback

      Thumb keyboard is great for that. 4 arrows, tab key and a row at the top to assign whatever you want, all on the home screen. Only problem is the auto correct isn't nearly as good.

      • Fellwalker

        Does swipe work on the thumb keyboard?

        • hairyback

          Unfortunately it doesn't have swipe.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I've been complaining about the very same for ages, hope my pleas will get through to them someday.

    • WhyWai

      exactly! that's one of the reason I stayed with SK. wonder why they disable it on tablet....

  • hairyback

    Its a nice keyboard, but it was waaaay too buggy in google docs. I couldn't take it any more.

  • JeniSkunk

    Finally out of beta... EXCELLENT!

  • Jorem

    hah gold writing

  • http://vinylchan.tumblr.com/ Vinylchan

    Still wanting a T9 version
    Won't be hard if they fork the Japan keyboard layout

  • http://mobers.org/ psydex

    How do I remove predicting text (bar) and resize keys on keyboard?

  • Kevin Welch

    I prefer how touchpal does the number/capital letter options (swipe up on letters for caps and swipe down on the qwerty row for numbers.

  • Rod

    Best keyboard ever.

    Well deserved.

  • Alex van den Hoogen

    The only thing I'm missing in previous versions of SwiftKey was the ability to type something and not have it added to my dictionary or whatever. Sometimes I will have to type a name and it's great that SwiftKey automatically remembers that, but I just want to use that word for that occasion and that bothers me.

    Google Keyboard does this differently, which gives you an option whether you want to add a word to your dictionary and use it in the future for autocompletion. I prefer to use it in that way and hope that SwiftKey will implement this in future versions.

    • Jack Nicholson

      By "name", Alex means "of a pornstar".

      • Alex van den Hoogen

        :)

    • WhyWai

      From my usage for over 5 years, SK only memorise the word after frequent use in short period of time. And you can remove the word from dictionary too if that word bothers you..

      • Alex van den Hoogen

        I didn't know that you can remove words, how would one do that?

        • EH101

          1 Type 'word'
          2 long press on the suggestion of said 'word'
          3 popup box will say "Do not predict "'word'" again."
          4 select "OK"
          5 ???
          6 Profit!

          • EH101

            See image

  • EowynCarter

    I like the new themes.

    And, it adds the feature I was waiting for.

    BYE BYE USELESS EMOJI KEY !!! Welcome back usfull enter key :)

  • pantagruel

    Still slow, ugly and cumbersome. Time to give it another go.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    I bought the app many years ago, I don't use it since i switched to Swype, but I installed it to see if I get the premium pack for free, and nope... asking for £2.99

    • Guest

      It was on sale, still a purchase though!

      • C

        I paid the same amount you did, and i got the premium pack for free. Also, this update has made Swiftkey even slower

        • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

          I emailed them, hoping for a fix.

      • kekkojoker90

        same here but i got the premium pack

    • bL4Ck

      Same here, bought the app when was on sale for 10 cents and got the premium pack, but i still have it installed, it's disabled thou.
      And yes, is noticeably slower, the emoji tab is ultra slow and the whole keyboard starts lagging randomly after typing some words, even on a Nexus 5.

      Back to Fleksy!

    • Simon Belmont

      Sign into the SwiftKey cloud and it will be presented to you as free. I had to sign in to get the free themes.

      In fact, now that SwiftKey has a store, you can't get new themes without signing in. Or even restore previously bought ones.

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  • randana

    Am using it on my Moto X and it seems a bit slow to load. Also scrolling the emoji list is very laggy. Is anybody experiencing the same issue?

    • Pavel Sikun

      note 3, emojis lag :(

      • vgergo

        No lag here (Note 3 still on 4.3/MJ1 - the best ROM by Samsung - probably by accident...)

    • Atharva

      im also experiencing a lot of lag on my HTC One X

    • Simon Belmont

      Emoji list definitely has some lag to it (Nexus 5 here). Just like the Hangouts version used to before they split it up into more pages.

      My guess (and this is the same guess I had for Hangouts emoji lag problem), is that it's loading too many emoji resources onto one page and it just slows everything down. SwiftKey will probably end up having to do what Google did with Hangouts and just put less emoji per page.

    • mantra2

      I always had emoji lag, even with Google's keyboard.

    • randana

      Good to know am not the only one, I recently bought the X and I was worried it might be because of the hardware 😅

  • NAUSHNIK52

    Incredible update! Thanks for number row!

  • http://www.techolic.com Jason S

    I got the paid app of swiftkey from Amazon but don't find the new app available there yet :(

    What's the premium user on Amazon gonna do...

    • Mrtito32

      Do what I did. Uninstall the Amazon Swiftkey, download from Google Play, restore data through Titanium Backup.

    • oesjmr

      Wait about two months for the update on Amazon. At least that's been my experience.

      • Simon Belmont

        Actually the update to SwiftKey on Amazon is pretty fast. Usually within a day or two of the Google Play Store release (longest I ever saw it was maybe 3-4 days, but that was once) .

        That's been my experience. I've been using SwiftKey from the Amazon Appstore since the appstore came out.

    • Pascal

      I had the Amazon app myself but I uninstalled it, installed the google play version (now free) and because I logged into Swiftkey cloud as before I got the 10 theme pack for free (it uses the cloud login to determine if you were a previously paid customer). Didn't need a restore like another one said (for this). But I had to select my settings again....no biggie!

      • Michael Berger

        Same just download Swiftkey from the google play store when prompted, log in to swift key. Then it will offer you the 10 free themes. Now you are unchained from the amazon store!

        • Simon Belmont

          Weird. How do they know you purchased from the Amazon Appstore if you are using the Google Play Store version?

          I actually have SK from the FAOTD waaaaay back in 2011. Would this still work?

          • Pascal

            I logged with the cloud services (available only to paid Sk if I am not mistaken...before yesterday that is). So by relogging with SK from the Google play store app, it knows that before that date (yesterday) you were a paid customer. Could be mistaking, but that's how I think it works....worked for me anyway!

          • Simon Belmont

            Hmm. I think when you log in, it determines if your app is the paid version or not.

            I'd actually never logged into the SK cloud until today (now I kind of regret waiting because it's really nice to have syncing), but I wanted the themes, so I just logged in, uninstalled the older version from Amazon, and then downloaded the newer version from Google Play Store and got the free themes after logging in. So, now I can just use the Google Play Store version from now on. I'm happy.

  • DeadSOL

    Is there anyone here who was a die-hard Swype fan who now uses Swiftkey and has never looked back?

    If so, what made you switch and fall in love with Swiftkey?

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      The prediction engine. I used swipe first but swiftkey just "got" me. I over the years there have been many imitators but nobody that's been able to do it quite the same.

      • DeadSOL

        I know. The prediction engine on Swiftkey is beastly! Swype's predictions get worse with usage! It's so annoying!

        But, but, but... Keyboard shortcuts! The ability to copy, paste, select-all in a pinch! I'll miss them!

        Let's see if Swiftkey uses any less battery than Swype (which has improved since the last update but it still wants your location even with all those features turned off).

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    I've switched my theme for the first time once cobalt came out. I'm really liking this update and what it can possibly bring to the table in the future

  • David Peterson

    Finally!

    I guess this isn't as good as user created themes for free, but it is SUCH an improvement over what they had.

    Just bought the minimal pack and I'm pretty happy with it

  • Ian

    I had to uninstall then reinstall to see the new version just FYI to anyone who has having trouble seeing the new features.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    I type way too fast for the prediction engine to be effective.
    I'd need better auto correction though.

    I would love to switch manually between languages like in Swype.
    SK still suggests a word in language Y when I already wrote 20 words in language X. This behavior makes absolutely no sense.

    Interpunction sucks hard as well. Why does SK still place a blank BEFORE a colon???
    Swype doesn't.

    Those features would be extremely easy to implement, actually.

    • johnforamerica

      "Why does SK still place a blank BEFORE a colon???" - THIS!!

      • EH101

        It doesn't. Technically, if you type a word and don't hit space or select a prediction and immediately follow the word with a colon, it doesn't insert a space first. If you do hit space or select a prediction, it inserts a space with the prediction before you input a colon and SwiftKey leaves it as such.

        My guess is this was done to accommodate those who manually enter smiley faces and such. I'd also guess they outnumber those who use proper punctuation, such as colons, by a wide margin.

        • Thatguyfromvienna

          It should be an option in the preferences then.
          I honestly think the SK devs just don't give a funk.

          • EH101

            I agree a simple checkbox in the options would be best, but I don't know if the devs have even ever considered that solution. Perhaps it's email time.

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    I'm also hoping that they have something huge up their sleeves for version six.

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    I hope this means they'll do the beta through the Play Store now.

  • Vitaly Streltsov

    Can't connect to Swiftkey Store, just orange line and "Whoops" message. Any ideas?

  • Henrique Persechini

    "SwiftKey has also gotten a new default theme that is substantially less ugly than the former stock look"

    Still ugly

  • br_hermon

    This is a solid update, I only wish they'd give you a way to uninstall some of the themes. Even if you just "try" one to see what it'd look like, there's no way to get rid of it. I only use 2 maybe 3 of them but my list of options is a mile long.

  • Lumi

    Right, if only there's Chinese language input options...

    • AOSPrevails

      Still waiting on that myself, right now I just use Tasker(w/root & Secure Settings plugin) to auto-switch input to Google Pingyin when a Chinese contact text me.

      • Lumi

        Hmm that's a good idea, I might try a Swipepad + Tasker combo, I switch between languages too often to for auto switch to work.

        And swiftkey is just unfriendly when I want to type web addresses. Sigh.

  • Baiwei

    Day 75874, still no Chinese support
    I like the cobalt theme instead of the new one

  • Michael Berger

    Anyone know how to get the google emoji fonts? Ever since I installed the beta for swift key it has overwritten the Emoji fonts (including the emoji button in google hangouts).

  • Afief Halumi

    This looks awesome!

  • michyprima

    got it on the amazon appshop for free (the receipt says 21/07/11)
    sounds like it was a good investment.

    • Simon Belmont

      Same here. I've been using it since that day.

      Probably the best FAOTD purchase I ever got. I hope it gets the premier pack, too.

      • michyprima

        it already has. I redeemed it on the play store version no problem.

        • Simon Belmont

          Interesting. I assume it knows because you you used the cloud sign in on the one from Amazon?

          That's pretty nice, if true. Thanks.

          • michyprima

            yep. no tricks involved. I received the email that says they would gift me that pack if I updated to the playstore version; I did, it worked. that's it :)

          • Simon Belmont

            You're right. Worked like a charm.

            I actually wasn't a SK cloud user, but what the hell. It's gotta be secure and it's not like it records your passwords or something.

  • Sinistar83

    How do I get the premiere pack if I already bought SwiftKey? It still shows $4.99 the store and when I do restore purchases nothing happens...

    • Simon Belmont

      You can't get it unless you're signed into the SK cloud. I actually don't use that, so I'm not sure I'll get it.

      Frankly, I think it should just work if you bought the paid app. At least in an ideal world.

    • Blane Stroud

      Here's a response from the SK guys in response to someone with a similar issues on Reddit.

      "Oh noes! Sorry you haven't received the premium pack. Please get in touch with reviews-at-swiftkey-dot-net so we can look into it for you."

  • http://www.failuretodream.com/ lostboardmayhem

    If they find a way to have some sort of semi-clear/transparent theme I will buy a new theme, but until then I am sticking with Pitch.

    • Simon Belmont

      A clear or translucent theme would be cool. I sort of envision it as how the control center in iOS 7+ overlays the background and gaussian blurs things.

      I'd pony up 99 cents for that. For sure.

      • http://www.failuretodream.com/ lostboardmayhem

        I would defiantly pay 99 cents for it if the background was blurred or dimmed like you said.

        • Simon Belmont

          I wouldn't be surprised if we got it eventually. SwiftKey is making a keyboard for iOS 8 now.

          It only makes sense to see themes filter to both operating systems. At least in a perfect world.

  • http://about.me/robblaich Rob Blaich

    This is great news overall. But as one who already bought the app, I really wished they'd have included this theme in their "premier" pack... I ended up paying another $0.99, and while that's just pennies, I feel like I just bought something that should be their new default theme.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      the keys seem to blend too much

    • Simon Belmont

      I just wish it still showed the secondary (long press) characters. I don't mind that the keys blend together because my motor memory is good.

      But the missing secondary characters is a bummer. I rely on that a lot.

    • WitnessG

      Yeah, I don't know why they didn't make this one of the defaults. I ended up buying like you because its the only flat design with dark neutral colors.

      • Simon Belmont

        Why didn't they make it one of the defaults? Because they wanted you to buy it.

        Simple. Haha.

        • EowynCarter

          Well, they do have to make money from somewhere.

  • johnforamerica

    Just off the top of my head...

    Pros (other than prediction, obs):
    - ARROW KEYS!
    - Number row
    - swipe right to left to delete (with flow turned off)
    - resizable, undockable keyboard

    Cons:
    - DESPERATELY needs dedicated copy/paste buttons or shortcuts
    - DESPERATELY needs manual editing of dictionary (add/remove words, not just "don't predict again")
    - Gives different predictions for capitalized/non-capitalized words
    - if I want to erase a letter in the middle of the word, tapping the middle of the word still makes cursor jump to the END of the word!
    - flow allows you to swipe whole sentences, but if it messes up a prediction in the middle, you have to throw out the whole sentence
    - spacing BEFORE colons?!
    - trying to type a heart (<3), have to go to second symbols keyboard to get first character. After I type "<", I get no predictions at all until I switch BACK to the number keyboard, at which point it predicts "3". REALLY?! I have to be on a specific keyboard screen to get a prediction SK KNOWS I want?!

  • Blane Stroud

    If you're having trouble getting the free pack, here's what SK says about it (quoted from Reddit)

    "Oh noes! Sorry you haven't received the premium pack. Please get in touch with reviews-at-swiftkey-dot-net so we can look into it for you." - SwiftKeyApp

    http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/27ux96/major_swiftkey_update_themes_and_swiftkey_store/ci4ng81

  • BenjaminPratt

    Man SwiftKey going free is great. I've already paid for it a number of times for different people (absolutely worth every penny). Now it'll be far easier to have people use it. Already switched 2 people over today.

  • Steve Freeman

    Sweet, now the only thing I still need the Amazon appstore for is CardioTrainer Pro... Maybe that'll go on sale soon (preferably for the low price of free) and I can stop using the Amazon appstore completely. I don't think there has been a single decent daily free app in the last 2 years.

  • Zak Taccardi

    The minimal themes look the best - but you can't see all the symbols anymore. More symbols need to be added to the long-press period menu popup

  • rmeden

    Is it still missing the numeric keypad like swype? How's the memory usage compared to swype (swype is a hog). I may try swiftkey again.

    • Andrew Brandel

      This release now has the number row on top (Settings/Layout/Number Row)

  • Shadab

    Had the Swiftkey version from Amazon App store. Uninstalled that one, installed this and got 10 themes free.

  • Simon Belmont

    I'd been using the FAOTD version of SwiftKey since 2011. I just uninstalled it, installed the new version of SwiftKey from the Google Play Store and got the premier pack for free.

    Very pleased with this outcome. Now I'm able to update directly from the Google Play Store and I got the free themes to boot. I don't think they could have handled it better. Great job.

  • firesoul453

    I've gotten both this and swype as free apps of the day and I like this one the best.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    IS it really any better than stock Google Keyboard? Been happy using the default one for ages now and never had any need to change it

    • Simon Belmont

      I can't get used to the stock keyboard for some reason. Particularly the way it inserts predictions and remembers words is probably the main reason why.

      I'm just so used to the way that SK seems to just know what I want almost every time. That said, the stock keyboard is still really nice and continues to be improved. I just wish that SK had word expansion. Like typing "SK" could automatically expand to SwiftKey.

    • Steve Freeman

      I prefer it personally. But like with most things, it comes down to personal preference. Try it and see if you like it. Worst thing that could happen is you don't, and you go back to the stock keyboard.

    • WitnessG

      I used to use Swiftkey for a long time but I decided to give the Google Keyboard a go. I used it for a month or so and with this update I think I'm going to go back. The predictive text is much better on SwiftKey and I like the dedicated number bar.

  • Dakota

    Guess I can stop using Beta just to get emoji. What I want to know is if I can get rid of the Amazon version, download the Google Play version & log in with my account and get those 'free' themes that paid downloads get. Or am I stuck with the Amazon version if I don't want to pay twice. I'm assuming that update will make it to Amazon within the next 48 hours given Amazons approval process.

    • Simon Belmont

      Yes. You can.

      I just did it. Uninstalled the Amazon version, installed the Google Play Store version, signed into SwiftKey cloud and, boom, free themes. Make sure you were previously signed into the SK cloud before uninstalling the old version, though. That's how they know you had a paid app.

      • Dakota

        Thanks, gonna try it... Will make life so much easier. Always confusing because apps downloaded from Amazon always show as installed from Google Play but can't be updated there even when it's telling you to update. Hope it works for me too

      • Steve Freeman

        Good to know, thx.

  • danifeb

    oh come on! I spent 4uds for what?

  • Sir_Brizz

    I'm not sure how to feel about this. On one hand I'm glad other people will get to see what the big deal with SwiftKey is. On the other hand, I dropped 4 bones on this keyboard and the premiere pack themes all completely stink (IMO, of course).

    • le_lutin

      How long ago did you pay for it?

  • David Peterson

    Is anyone else on KK suffering from Swiftkey not staying selected as default input method? Every time I open a new app I am back to Google Keyboard and I am unable to de-select Google Keyboard from the language and input settings...

    • Steve Freeman

      No, sorry, I've been using it forever with no issue.

    • David Peterson

      If anyone else is having problems with this bug I was able to somewhat find a solution: if you are rooted and have TiBU then you can freeze Google Keyboard ... not exactly an elegant solution, but it works ... once Google Keyboard is frozen then Swiftkey can remain as default selection.

  • someone755

    I got the premier pack for free. Never bought SwiftKey.
    Is it morally right for me to use these themes?

    • Carlos David

      No it doesn't, but anyway they are ugly themes :P

      • someone755

        Actually, they aren't. Two or three in there are pretty nice.
        Only one of them is useful tho.

  • Fiorta

    I purchased this through Amazon... Will the update hit there as well?

  • saf1927

    I'll give it a try again. After years using it, last year I started using Google Keyboard and I loved it since then. Time to give SwiftKey another chance :D

  • Carlos David

    The free theme pack from Swiftkey!!! Meh! All they are ugly for my taste, minimal white and black likes me a lot, but have a cost, meh!

  • vintagepimpage

    How do you get the free theme pack from their store? I've purchased SK in the past but haven't used it in forever (and I don't know that I ever used their cloud syncing service). I just reinstalled it, signed into their cloud service with my Google account... go to the theme store, but don't see anything about getting the premier pack for free. Do I have to go ahead and choose to purchase the theme pack, and hope that it then tells me I don't have to pay for it?

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    If anyone's looking for a comparison between this swiftkey and swype -

    Swiftkey Pros -
    1. Numbers row, arrows row.
    2. Full emoji support built in.
    3. Emoji shows up as prediction too.
    4. Next word prediction works good for non-english language too. (I'm using Hinglish)

    Cons -
    1. No quick cut-copy-paste keystrokes
    2. If auto selected word is wrong, a single backspace press doesn't delete the word. You have to tap tap tap to delete that word.
    3. Symbols layout is quite different from that in Swype. So, will take time to get used to.
    4. Emoji keyboard stutters.

    • Simon Belmont

      "If auto selected word is wrong, a single backspace press doesn't delete the word. You have to tap tap tap to delete that word." Or you could just swipe from right to left on the keyboard and the word is deleted.

      Honestly, that's one of the big reasons I love SwiftKey. The swipe to delete gesture.

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        Could you please explain that a bit? Right now, I'm using the flow to type. As soon as the word is entered, it is followed by a space and swiping right to left is typing a new word, not deleting the last one. I'm sure I'm missing some setting.

        • Simon Belmont

          That's the one drawback. It doesn't work with Flow (at least I don't think it does).

          I don't use Flow. So the swipe to delete gesture is retained.

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            Yeaa.... I can't leave swiping to type now. It is so much faster and awesome than tap typing. Tapping now feels so primitive.

          • Simon Belmont

            To each his own. I used Swype for while on an older phone and never fully enjoyed it, though it was useful in some circumstances like one-handed typing. ;)

            With tap typing I don't even have to look at what I'm tapping. It just is more second nature to me. :)

    • http://tsurufoto.com/ Aaron Tsuru

      amazing they don't have Backspace to Undo yet. Just amazing. I'm trying out again after nearly a year on Google Keyboard, but man...... seriously?

    • binarymutant

      a single long-press on backspace deletes the enitre word

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        That is a tiny bit inconvenient than a single-tap-delete.

    • Matt

      Even worse than your con #2 is that you can't change a word from the middle! In swype you can do (| is cursor): st|op -> stay, but in SwiftKey it goes st|op -> stay op...

    • primalxconvoy

      5. Little or no hardware keyboard support (the options in the setting never highlight for many people).

  • Mosko SoCal

    Change the price button to free 😊

  • Maranello Santiago

    But wait! There's more

  • Hobie Helbich

    Even though I bought Swiftkey and was a "Premium" user, the theme pack is not showing up as free.... anyone have any idea why?

    • Simon Belmont

      Yup. You didn't sign into SwiftKey cloud.

      You have to sign into that with your Google account to get the free themes. Hope this helps.

      • Hobie Helbich

        I did that.... still not working...

        • Simon Belmont

          You'll have to email the developers, then. They'll help you out.

          Sorry it's not working for you. I just signed in and was prompted to claim my free themes.

      • primalxconvoy

        no you don't. I didn't and i still got the themes.

  • RBI411

    I would assume you get this premium pack through your SK account, yes?

  • mewikime

    I bought the Swiftkey Tablet version and the phone version. Then they stopped development on the tablet one and moved it over to the phone version. Bye bye $4. Now they tell me the other $4 I spent was a waste because the phone version is going free but instead they'll give me some colored keyboards that I'll never use.
    Thanks. 😠

  • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

    I can't stand SwiftKey. They have, for years now, completely ignored the auto-spacing after punctuation issues. I can't even type my personal or work email address without having to backspace several times to delete spaces.

    Instead this company continues to focus on themes instead of improving usability/efficiency.

    Here it is, the top idea: http://support.swiftkey.net/forums/116689-ideas-and-suggestions/filters/top

    It says it was created in Sept 2013 but the original was created back in Sept 2011. I'm not sure what happened to the original but regardless, it continues to be one of the most requested features while also being the most ignored by SwiftKey.

    Pathetic IMO.

    • Lumi

      THIS. I always have to switch to my Chinese keyboard to fill up email and type web addresses.

    • primalxconvoy

      Also, it tries to auto-correct me while I'm using aphysical keyboard, auto-spaces AND clones some of the word, so i get such lovelywords as "My phone isDocom doctor"

      I liked the coloured themes, but for me, this is still the same pig that they released on day one, just with lipstick on it now.

  • Amanda

    Anyone unable to view the emojis? I'm using a samsung galaxy note 1 and I can't view them

  • josh

    why are the emoji icon on my galaxy mega 6.3 are in black and white? how do I make them in color?

  • blueyuk83

    Since I upgraded I'm not longer able to select the Android Emojis i.e. the old green ones. Also, all of my emojis are in black and white. I only realise they're meant to be in colour when watching the video. Has anyone else experiences this?

  • Eisenhorn1976

    I bought Swiftkey in August last year but I uninstalled it and just recently installed it again. Now it appears I don't have access to the premium themes. Is there a way to claim it?

  • primalxconvoy

    Just tried it and it's garbage. No customer service email, a broken corporate email form, and a HUGE bug that means many users with physical keyboards can't use them correctly:

    - http://support.swiftkey.net/forums/116693-bug-reports/suggestions/4486974-swiftkey-doesn-t-detect-physical-keyboard

    I'm so glad that I never payed for this. It obviously hasn't improved since I tried it about a year or so ago. Back to the far superior official Google Keyboard for me.

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