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SwiftKey, the popular third-party keyboard for the iPhone and iPad, has received a nice refresh today. The new version brings out support for eleven more languages, enables gesture typing on iPads, implements a new picker which provides access to more than 800 emoticons along with emoji predictions, adds the option to accompany each tap of a key with a click sound and other goodies.

You’ll immediately notice a brand new emoticon picker accessed through a dedicated key in the bottom left of the keyboard. Tap it and up pops a panel with a bunch of emojis.

You can swoosh between the available pages of emojis in any given category by swiping left and right. To switch between emoji categories, tap their corresponding icons lined up alongside the bottom of the panel.

Not only does SwiftKey let you insert a metacommunicative pictorial representation of a facial expression, it also predicts the emoji you’re likely to use in the context of your message by learning which emoji you use most often.

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“The more often you add a fun icon to your messages, the more SwiftKey will learn to offer it to you in the prediction bar,” explains a blog post.

The keyboard’s gesture-based typing, called SwiftKey Flow, is now available for the iPad: just swipe your finger across the keys and let the keyboard do its magic.

Pictured below: SwiftKey settings (left), downloadable languages (middle) and the new key click sounds option in Keyboard Settings > Advanced Settings (right).

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International users will be happy to know that SwiftKey is now available in the following languages: Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Hinglish, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak and Turkish.

To add your language, fire up the SwiftKey app and download one or more language packs within the app’s settings. Keyboard click sounds can be activated there, too.

Lastly, SwiftKey 1.2 contains layout improvements and general bug fixes.

The 33.4-megabyte app requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 8.0 or later.

Grab SwiftKey Keyboard free in the App Store.

  • TotallySerious

    Nice update, but I’m still waiting for Next Keyboard 😉

    • Vintage Jordan

      When is that coming out?

      • TotallySerious

        Most likely before the end of February this year

  • diggitydang

    Does it have that awful lag time before appearing each time the keyboard is needed, like on my iPhone 6+? If so, I’ll skip it for now…

    • I haven’t noticed any lag so far on 6+. For me it’s just getting better and better.

    • Lucas Rey

      Same lagtime as previous… Do you have JB?
      Maybe there’s some tweak that interfere with SwiftKey. For example I installed ShowCase and WeeKey for the original keyboard that can slow down SwiftKey popup….

      • No, I don’t. I just wanted to mention that it must be due to some tweak and I’m pretty sure that ShowCase causes this lag. When I’ve tested ShowCase when I had JB, it causes a small lag while switching on emojis on apple stock keyboard so it must be it.

      • Lucas Rey

        Thank you for your feedback.

      • diggitydang

        I am jaibroken, but I know this happened before a jailbreak was even out. I also don’t have the tweaks you mentioned but I do have others obviously. I don’t think its the JB though, since it happened before.

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      All the 3th party keyboards still have lag regardless of any updates that have come out recently. This isn’t the developers fault it’s Apple’s fault.

  • Lucas Rey

    Well done SwiftKey, now we only need voice dictation like the original iOS keyboard.

    • Lucas Rey

      DAMN! Stupid Apple.
      I realized right now that there are some restrictions for third party keyboards like:No access to Siri for voice dictation!
      F*ck you Apple!!!!!! I hope in a JB tweak!