SwiftKey goes free for all, rewards paid users with 10 free themes

Daniel Bader

June 11, 2014 3:00 am

SwiftKey for Android is branching out, exponentially expanding its potential user base by making its popular third-party keyboard available for free, forever. The update comes as the London-based company shifts its revenue strategy, opting to do what many other Android developers have done before: seek profit through in-app purchases.

To that end, SwiftKey will now offer a store, offering three $4.99 theme packs that each offer 10 brand new looks. What about loyal users that already paid for the app? They’ll be able to download one of the theme packs for free — thanks, SwiftKey.

Other features now available in the mainline version of SwiftKey include support for over 800 emoji, including emoji predictions, as well as a dedicated number row option above the main keyboard. These were previously available in the beta version, so it’s nice to see them added here.

The new version also beefs up prediction quality and adds a new default theme, dubbed Nickel.

SwiftKey’s decision to make the app free is mainly to appease customers in countries that either don’t have access to paid apps, or developing markets that tend not to spend money upfront.

Today’s announcement comes just a week after SwiftKey’s promise to bring its custom keyboard to iOS 8 later this year.

  • Super_Deluxe

    Finally emoji support which means no more switching back and forth between this and the LG keyboard. Thank you SwiftKey! And as always, amazing keyboard!

    P.S: I’m using the Classic Grey theme and it’s beautiful. Just wish there were character spacing in some themes like the spotlight ones. Other than that I’m lovin it!

  • Eluder

    Nice to see emoji support as well as the numbers up top. As a paid customer though, to get my free themes I have to enable the cloud, which I’m sure as hell not going to, so I guess I get nothing for being a long time paid customer (bought it before swiftkey was even on the map).

    • crocop24

      so hipster of you.

    • d094

      Did you just learn that word and can’t stop using it? Congrats on expanding your vocabulary. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, no need to be an ahole about it.

    • MobiDude

      don’t you have something other to do than schooling people online? I hope i haven’t hurt your internet feelings, Mr. Internet police.

    • Ozmodiar Flanker

      i never activated cloud for the year i’v been using SKey, but i did today and it just took a second – email, username, done. no password, no access to anything, no confirmation email. i’d say it’s easy and no worries

    • Eluder

      The problem is all my words go up in to the cloud. It’s not that signing up is difficult, it’s my privacy I’m concerned about.

    • It’s Me

      Don’t act too entitled or anything.

  • alphs22

    Best keyboard in the business.

    • FlamesFan89

      I keep going back and forth between Swype and Swiftkey. In a perfect world I would be able to mash the two together and just keep the features from each that I like. Overall, I’d agree that Swiftkey is the better keyboard, but there are some things from Swype that I really like, swiping from the “Swype” key to the shift key to get the option to choose between capitalization: word WORD Word. Or swiping up off the keyboard then back on to quickly capitalize the first letter of a word. Or swiping from the swype key to “X” for cut, “C” for copy, “V” for paste. They are just little things, but they are certainly handy.

    • Stuntman06

      I hear you. My perfect keyboard will have the key layout of Kii, auto-correct/text prediction of SwiftKey and gesture typing capability of Swype. Unfortunately, I have to choose one and I chose Kii for now.

    • FlamesFan89

      I forgot a feature that drives me nuts about Swiftkey. When I type an “i”, and then a space on swype, it gets auto capitalized to “I”, which I like. I can’t think of a time where I would want the lone letter “i” to be uncapitalized. With Swiftkey, that doesn’t happen. It’s a minor thing, but an annoyance nonetheless.

    • Stuntman06

      It works when I type on SwiftKey. The lower case i changes to an upper case I after pressing the space bar. Check that you have auto caps set and that space bar completes the word.

    • FlamesFan89

      yeah, after typing my comment, I set off on a Google Quest, and found the answer. The issue was I had spacebar set to “always insert a space” instead of “complete the word”
      Problem solved, and Swiftkey just got another checkmark in its column.

  • Mike L

    I always try out different keyboards (Swype, Flesky, Google, etc), but i always end up coming back to SwiftKey. One of the best app purchases I’ve ever made.

    • d094

      same here!

  • Max Fireman

    Love it! The minimal keyboards themes are amazing.

  • MikeOxlong

    Even free, it’s still too slow and severely lacking in the autocorrect department. AOSP or now “google” keyboard ftw when you want speed and accuracy (in swipe or type).

    • d094

      It’s autocorrect on type is top notch. On swipe I think swype is still best. Swift does lag on older phones though, on my gs4 it’s pretty flawless.

    • MikeOxlong

      It lags on every phone when you’re used to the speed and accuracy of the aosp keyboard. Even on my nexus 5 and note 3 it lags to open and is noticeably “behind” my typing. That coupled with its silly inaccuracies with even the simplest words to me, makes it unusable.
      This goes for every single third party keyboard except the one from the lg g3 (which is installable on pretty much every android device).
      Coming from iOS its hard to accept anything less than perfect AND instant, which thankfully is possible with the stock setup.

    • d094

      I think its auto-correct is superior, and makes up for the opening time. And ios? Really? Its auto-correct is horrible. We must type differently. I think it’s what you are used to. Parents have iphones, and wife uses aosp, and I can’t type on them even remotely close to as well as on mine with swift.

    • MikeOxlong

      Yeah, to each their own. Ios was suprisingly good. 99%+ accurate. Same goes for aosp. But every other third party was less than 75% plus lag.

    • J P

      This is true, Swiftkey isn’t as responsive as Google/AOSP Keyboard. However, it does support more East Asian languages…

    • MikeOxlong

      I’m sure it does better with languanges, as it appears to be its strong suit according to many.