The newest version of SwiftKey opens the third-party keyboard up to millions upon millions of people. How? By officially bringing Chinese language support out of beta. There are seven new input methods total, with ways to type in Simplified, Taiwan Traditional, and Hong Kong Traditional Chinese.


Simplified Chinese

  • QWERTY Pinyin input method
  • 12-Key Pinyin input method
  • Stroke input method

Taiwan Traditional Chinese

  • Full Key Zhuyin (Bopomofo) input method
  • 12-Key Zhuyin (Bopomofo) input method
  • Stroke input method

Hong Kong Traditional Chinese

  • Cangjie input method
  • Quick Cangjie input method
  • Stroke input method

This update, version 5.2, also adds support for the languages of Khmer and Lao.

Not afraid of any language barrier, SwiftKey retains its ability to make smarter auto-corrections based on how you type. The keyboard will still get quicker with making predictions as well.


Chinese support comes with a free theme thrown in that celebrates the Chinese New Year. The red and gold creation, by designer Baoqing Hu, was inspired by the Chinese pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. You can get it from the SwiftKey Store inside the app.

Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard
Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard
Developer: SwiftKey
Price: Free

Source: SwiftKey blog