SwiftKey Keyboard goes free, now comes with SwiftKey Store, new themes, 800+ emojis, and more

SwiftKey Keyboard goes free, now comes with SwiftKey Store, new themes, 800+ emojis, and more
SwiftKey, one of the most popular 3rd party keyboards for Android that is also bound to land on iOS 8, is now free on Google Play. Up until now, Android enthusiasts could either download the free trial version of the app or purchase the premium one. However, it seems that there is only one SwiftKey in Google Play at the moment – luckily, it's the premium one and users can get it for free! What's more, the popular keyboard also got updated to version 5.0, which comes with many nifty improvements and features on board.

Probably the most notable one is the SwiftKey Store, which allows fans of the app to download additional themes and spice up the keyboard a bit. Currently, there are around 30 available themes in the SwiftKey Store, and just a small portion of them can be downloaded for free. Additionally, users can purchase various packs that contain several themes. Fortunately, SwiftKey has not forgotten the users that have previously purchased the premium version of the keyboard – they can go ahead and claim a Premier Pack bundle of 10 themes for free.

One of SwiftKey's core aspects, the word prediction, has also seen some love in version 5.0. The learning ability of the prediction engine, as well as its capitalization awareness, have been improved. It is also said that the multilingual prediction capabilities have also been enhanced and now allow users to type in up to three languages with improved accuracy. Kudos for the latter, SwiftKey!

Additionally, SwiftKey now has more than 800 emojis in tow, which are "just a tap away from the regular keyboard". Speaking of emojis, the app has also received an interesting emoji prediction feature – for example, if you type "love", SwiftKey will suggest love-related emojis to you. 

And here is the full changelog of SwiftKey Keyboard 5.0:

  • SwiftKey Store, with 30+ new themes and counting
  • New beautiful default theme
  • Emoji support, with over 800 to choose from
  • Emoji prediction and learning
  • Optional dedicated number row
  • Improved prediction engine and Flow accuracy
  • New languages
  • New, improved Flow trails
With all being said, how do you feel about SwiftKey going freemium?

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source: SwiftKey via Android Police

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32 Comments

1. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

Wow ,great news

28. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I don't know why anyone would any other keyboard

2. Jason2k13

Posts: 1440; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

the best keyboard app just became even better.

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I still prefer Swype but I will see how the paid SwiftKey version goes for me.

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

That was the second try after a year. I'm happy with Swype. *Uninstalls SwiftKey*

27. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

i know that feeling. once your settle with one thing its diffcult to switch specially when there isnt much advantage. For me its google keyboard. i love it. i tried minuum keyboard, swype, swiftkey, fleksy. Not is good as google keyboard for me. All are great though! just not my preference.

29. Fellwalker

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

18 minutes including install time. Get real.

4. imej88 unregistered

Fantastic app. So easy yet so fast and efficient. Loved the update!

6. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

i just installed it and after a hour of use Uninstalled it.....i prefer my stock xperia keyboard....

7. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

wow yo i already bought the app, cmon maybe a few more themes for those who already paid?

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5585; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Actually people who paid get the $4.99 theme pack for 'free' Check the themes page

10. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

oh sweet, i gotta look for that now

12. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

"Fortunately, SwiftKey has not forgotten the users that have previously purchased the premium version of the keyboard – they can go ahead and claim a Premier Pack bundle of 10 themes for free."

15. naveenstuns

Posts: 184; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

I had pirated app and I too got those premier pack lol.

25. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

lol but you do realize you just admitted to a crime on a public website right?

30. Fellwalker

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Not something to boast about, you thief.

9. mike2959

Posts: 691; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Awesome keyboard , It was great until 4.4.2 rolled out. Now it's a battery drain. Uninstalled it, reinstalled it. Also wiped the phone. Get a "gapps process has stopped" warning when booting the phone. It is not optimized for kitkat. Stock LG G2.

26. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Bummer. But it works flawlessly on my Note 3. No battery problems and has never crashed. 4.4.2.

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Best keyboard got better!!!

13. Losdog25

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 28, 2009

I love swift key and glad that they looked out for the people who purchased it already. I tried using the new emojis but when I sent the message it was a different face that didn't match what I wanted. From happy to embarrassed face so I switched back to my other keyboard

14. tokuzumi

Posts: 1762; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

This is good news. For me and my uses, this has been the best keyboard I've found. Autocorrect, and next word prediction are better than any other keyboard in the play store. This is the word prediction engine SkyNet will use on the terminators.

16. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

The best keyboard IMO. Been using it for years now and got it for free from Amazon awhile back but it's much better from the Play Store as any updates hit much faster. The cloud based user dictionary is my fav since I tend to factory reset my phones at times.

17. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

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18. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Woke up to a email about this I'm sooooo glad they added emoji really big step for the android keyboard now no ugly third party plug in just to get emoji. But maybe that step was made to work well with the new upcoming iPhone 6 with ios8

19. sudbury78

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

Is anyone experiencing extreme lag with this app? It takes a few seconds to open and I see a 1 second delay with typing...

20. jibraihimi

Posts: 800; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Wow great news....... Its my go to keyboard, tried many keyboards, but this one is always on my phone, it's memory management is better than swype....... Though there is little bit lag, here and there especially when i'm downloading something on torrent......... But overall it's one of the best out there...

21. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Finally. I love Swiftkey, the only thing I saw wrong with it is that most of the themes were ugly. I love the spotlight themes

22. piratestation

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

This is great! Really like Swiftkey... but where's the dedicated row for numbers? This is the main reason Swiftkey is not my default keyboard.

23. piratestation

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

nevermind, just saw that as a new option. awesome!

24. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I've decide to give it another try after using Kii for over a year. I stopped using it at the time because I kept making too many keying errors. Trying it now again after a year, I find I'm not making those errors. Weird. I'll keep it for now. If those same errors creep back in, I'll just go back to Kii.

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