Swiftkey is one among Android’s most well-known and greatest-liked customized keyboards. And in 2014 you’ll in all probability be seeing much more of it, as it's now out there at no cost on Android by way of Google Play.
Swiftkey used to value £2.ninety nine. The thought of taking the appliance free is to encourage wider adoption by planet earth’s a whole lot of hundreds of thousands of Android customers.
But when it’s free, how will the stunning individuals at Swiftkey make any cash? Easy. It’ll do it in precisely the identical method as each different firm that touts free purposes inside Google Play: in-app purchases.
The one distinction right here is that in-app purchases might be executed by way of the Swiftkey Retailer – a spot the place customers can purchase and downloads customized keyboards and new add-ons. It’s unclear how a lot these add-ons will value on the time of writing, though the top end result will possible see the corporate making A LOT extra money than it did charging a one-off £2.ninety nine cost for the app.
There are additionally some new options contained in the Android app, too. The prediction engine has been up to date, for one. As has Circulate Trails – the road your finger creates. Apparently it’s now even simpler to swipe-sort.
Swiftkey can also be higher at predicting what sort of punctuation is required in your messages, posts and emails. And should you thought that was sensible, get this: Swiftkey can now inform you what sort of Emoji is acceptable on the finish of a message. Weird.
However the actually BIG information is that Swiftkey will quickly be coming to Apple’s iPhone by way of iOS eight, which is scheduled to launch afterward this yr alongside the iPhone 6. Simply as we predicted – properly, it wasn't a prediction: extra of a rant about why Apple should open up its precious APIs.
"We're delighted Apple has determined to embrace the significance of opening its platform to 3rd get together keyboards," Swiftkey co-founders Ben Medlock and Jon Reynolds stated.
"Are we going to construct Swiftkey Keyboard for iOS eight? In fact we're. We have already began."