Today we’re excited to announce that we are rolling out SwiftKey 7.0, the biggest update since joining Microsoft in April 2016. Available on both Android and iOS, SwiftKey 7.0 debuts Toolbar, an expandable menu found under a new ‘+’ sign on the left of your prediction bar.
Toolbar is designed to give you fast and easy access to both new and existing features. For Android users, Toolbar will replace the existing Hub.
We’ve noticed that people in India are using more GIFs, stickers, and emojis to personalize their messaging experience. In fact, our research shows that 77% of Indian smartphone users insert stickers in messages.
Tapping on the ‘+’ will reveal not only the features and settings you’ve come to know and use on your SwiftKey Keyboard, but also exciting new features coming with today’s update. Included is Stickers, giving you even more ways to express yourself beyond words. You can add Stickers to your messages as they are or edit them to add your own style and personality to a message. Save your favorite Stickers – edited or otherwise – and access them later in Collections, found by tapping on the ‘pin’ icon on the Toolbar.
Another big addition for our users in India is the addition of eight new ‘Lish’ languages: Assamese (English), Bengali (English), Kannada (English), Malayalam (English), Marathi (English), Nepali (English), Odia (English), Telugu (English). These add to our existing support for Hindi (English), Punjabi (English), Gujarati (English) and Tamil (English). A ‘Lish’ language is a hybrid language that lets people shift seamlessly between languages, in this case English and Indic languages. In total, SwiftKey now offers compatibility for over 40 Indian languages as well as transliteration and layout options.
“We remain committed to making regular typing as fast and easy as possible for the Indian consumer. In this release, we are including 8 new ‘Lish’ languages which allows more Indian users to communicate in their preferred style. With the support of Microsoft, you can expect to see more innovations in both regular and rich media typing coming soon,” says Chris Wolfe, Principal Product Manager at SwiftKey.
There are a number of other new features in SwiftKey 7.0, you can read all about them here. Or better still, you can try SwiftKey 7.0 by downloading SwiftKey for Android or SwiftKey for iOS for your smartphone today.