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SwiftKey Keyboard, one of the best Android apps, has some good news for fans today. With the launch of version 5 of the predictive text keyboard, the app has gone free!

Until now, SwiftKey would only give you a 30-day trial period after which you had to buy it for $3.99. And while we already thought it was one of the Android apps worth paying for You Should Buy These: 5 Android Apps That Are Worth Every Penny, And Why You Should Buy These: 5 Android Apps That Are Worth Every Penny, And Why There is a vast ocean of Android apps on Google Play and it can be daunting to browse, especially if you're new to Android in general. Free apps are great and all, and there are... Read More , the new version has no such requirements.

There are lots of new features in SwiftKey 5 too, but the important ones you need to know are:

  • SwiftKey Store: The keyboard app now has in-app purchases for add-ons starting with free and premium themes.
  • Emoji: SwiftKey not supports over 800 emojis on devices running Android 4.1 or above, and these also come with optional emoji prediction! For example, type “burg” and the burger emoji appears.
  • Number row: Finally, finally there is the option to add a new row at the top of your keyboard for numbers, which you can enable or disable in Settings > Layouts.

The update has also improved the prediction engine of the app, with a focus on improving multilingual prediction, so you can type in up to three languages at once! Speaking of which, SwiftKey now supports 66 languages at a contextual level and has recently added Belarusian, Mongolian, Tatar, Uzbek and Welsh.

In case you already paid for SwiftKey Keyboard and feel cheated, the company is giving you a pack of 10 premium themes for free, worth $4.99. It’s small consolation, but the free themes don’t look as good, so this is welcome. Here’s how to claim your premier pack.

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The SwiftKey YouTube channel now has new videos of short tutorials or any FAQs about the new app, so you can head there if you’re stuck.

Download: SwiftKey Keyboard for Android (Free | In-App Purchases)

In our test for the best Android keyboard MakeUseOf Tests: What Is The Best Android Keyboard? MakeUseOf Tests: What Is The Best Android Keyboard? In this follow-up to our post from 2011 featuring 6+ fantastic Honeycomb keyboards, I’d like to take a good hard look at four of the most popular and well-regarded sliding keyboard. Call it a “keyboard... Read More , SwiftKey topped the group along with Swype. Since Swype still remains a paid app for $3.99, would you consider SwiftKey over Swype now? In fact, do you think SwiftKey is the best value for an Android keyboard now?

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