SwiftKey, one of the most popular keyboard apps for Android, has gone free for the first time since its inception in 2010. The app which earlier cost around Rs 250 on the Google Play Store, can now be downloaded for free.
SwiftKey has been one of the most popular keyboard apps on Android, raking in more than 10 million downloads and also features on Google Play Store s best-selling paid apps. The app essentially replaces Android s default keyboard and offers predictive texting as well as Swype-like gesture typing. This move is sure to give the company an advantage over immediate rivals like Swype and Fleksy, which are still paid apps.
Along with going free, the latest version of the app also introduces a host of new features. The keyboard now includes predictive emoji, which essentially suggests emoticons based on your usage. A change in the keyboard layout now adds a row of numbers on the top, which gives easy access to numericals rather than having to long press a button.
The announcement comes a week after Apple unveiled iOS 8 at WWDC 2014 and announced one of the big features called extensibility. This feature essentially lets developers access a few core system apps and modify/add new features to them. These core apps include keyboards, and almost immediately after the conference, SwiftKey announced that it would be launching a keyboard app for iOS 8. This would be a system-wide keyboard and not just restricted to an app like the SwiftKey Note that was launched earlier this year.