SwiftKey for Android gets Pinyin support, emoji improvements and more

SwiftKey for Android gets Pinyin support, emoji improvements and more
The SwiftKey Keyboard app is regarded as one of the better third-party typing experiences currently available for mobile devices. Regularly treated to improvements, it's one of the most feature-rich offerings available on the Play Store. With a bunch of great themes to suit arguably every taste, it has emerged as a front-runner in the battle of the keyboards, and today, the Android version has just gotten even better. 

When the mobile scene first began to detract from the traditional keyboards of the BlackBerry era, many pondered whether the basic function of typing would become more arduous. For a time, that was the case, with fat-thumbed users -- including this one -- particularly disgruntled by the eradication of the physical keyboard. But thanks to SwiftKey et al, users can type with a degree of carelessness and yet still achieve great results, thanks to the ease in which these apps learn our habits -- the good and the bad. 

Today's update includes Pinyin for the Traditional Chinese language, whilst all users of the keyboard should reap the benefits of "improved typing performance", as mentioned in the changelog. 

The use of emoji characters is most definitely a Thing, and so it shouldn't be a surprise that SwiftKey emoji panel has been shown some love with this update. Taking into consideration user feedback, the panel now offers light and dark modes, dependent on the theme currently in use. 

The stock Android keyboard is certainly a solid choice, but if you're looking for a more versatile, functional alternative, SwiftKey is a good one.

It's free of charge, and you can grab the new version below. 

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4 Comments

1. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I am glad the dark emoji background is back, hated the white one

2. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I love swiftkey. I've had it since it was a paid version as has my wife (bc I put it on there). I've built such a custom dictionary it's awesome. BTW PA, it has a new icon too, not the old one in the story. I'll say it again, HIRE ME.

3. Krjal

Posts: 402; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Can you turn off the character popups whenever you press a key yet? If not I'll stick to Swype.

4. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Title is misleading, Pinyin support has been in SwiftKey for quite some time for simplified Chinese.

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