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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?

Source: SwiftKey

  1. Jorge B
    June 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Just downloaded it. And it was worth it.

  2. Stephan H
    June 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I probably will step on somebodies' toes, but I think feeling cheated because one once paid for an app that is now free is idiotic and childish. I did pay for SwiftKey because it's a great product. But that didn't grant me anything in terms of their future plans and I wasn't forced to buy it, so how could I feel cheated? Makes no sense at all.

  3. Utomo
    June 11, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Keep improving:
    1 non english dictionary. Try to get from local news site.
    Indonesian : detik. Com, kompas. Com
    2. Easier to type url
    Domain. Com or domain. Co. Id domain. Com. Sg and other without space

  4. Suleiman
    June 11, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Don't spend time readying review about it too much, JUST GET IT!!! I paid for it and I would pay for it again..if that was possible. You getting it for FREE!! ... you...you lucky you :)

  5. Dann A
    June 11, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I'm one of those users that feels a bit cheated after having paid for the app, but it's really not that big of a deal—it happens every once in a while.

    I can't speak highly enough of SwiftKey, though; it's one of the best Android apps out there, I think. My mobile typing has improved tenfold since I downloaded it, and the more you use it, the better the prediction engine gets. Get it!

  6. Ben S
    June 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    This is exciting! I've long urged people to download SwiftKey and told them it's worth paying for. Now they don't have to.

    I just hope they keep the in-app purchases to themes only, and not core features of the keyboard. That being said, some of the new themes are great-looking. Can't wait to try some of the ones I got free.

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