SwiftKey Adds Gesture Controls for the iPad and More

SwiftKey has rolled out a huge update to its third-party iOS keyboard. Version 1.2 includes several features requested by users such as SwiftKey Flow for the iPad. Users can now type and use swipe gestures on their iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, and access over 800 emoji by using the smiley key. SwiftKey will also now learn and predict what emoji a user uses more often, just like it does with words and phrases.


Version 1.2 of the app also includes 11 new languages, and users can have up two languages enabled at one time. The 11 new languages include: Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Hinglish, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak and Turkish. Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi are currently being beta tested and will be added in a future update.

Swype and Swiftkey Keyboard Apps Are Coming to iOS

iOS users who are not interested in Apple's new sentence finishing QuickType keyboard will be happy to know that there will be many other alternatives when iOS 8 launches this fall. Apple has opened the door for popular Android apps such as Swype and Swiftkey to join the iOS ecosystem by allowing users to download third-party keyboard apps from the App Store. Both Swype and Swiftkey have already released statements to Re/code announcing their plans to release versions of their products to iOS.

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“I think it’s obviously a wonderful day for anyone who wants to be productive and use iOS devices,” said Joe Braidwood, chief marketing officer for SwiftKey.

Aaron Sheedy, vice president of product marketing at Swype said he "couldn’t be more excited" to bring his keyboard to iOS users.

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