Many users aren’t conscious that there are alternatives to the virtual keyboard included by default on their Android smartphones. Swiftkey Keyboard is one of them, and here we want to offer a few reminders on its strong points now that you can now download and use it at absolutely no cost.
The first thing you might be wondering is why you’d want to swap one virtual keyboard for another if the way it works is so simple – but you might not realize just how much you need a good predictive keyboard. Obviously many users have disabled their phone’s predictive text because its suggestions don’t match the words you’re trying to type. SwiftKey goes even further in this sense, learning from the vocabulary you use when you browse the Internet or type texts on IM services or emails. It can even automatically show emoticons based on your habits.
Its versatility also stands out, with a feature to display a row of numbers in the upper part of the keyboard instead of having to swap between the main panel and the second one with upper-case characters and accents. It’s equally possible to activate and deactivate the vibration and the sounds when you press keys as well, as how long as the duration of each.
You can select between different ways to enter text besides just the traditional button-pressing one, with a flow system that predicts the word you’re writing as you slide your finger across the keys without raising it from the screen, as well as a voice-entry method and even a special settings menu if you connect a physical keyboard to your device with a WiFi connection or microUSB cable.
As you know, customization is where it’s at, and SwiftKey does not come up short in this regard. And nobody is being tricked: since the app can now be used for free, its monetization system now lies precisely in the options to change the look of the keyboard, where you can separately buy a huge number of alternative themes, although 15 of them are also free.
Besides all this, it includes many other special features such as the option to save your predictive text profile in the cloud to export it to any other Android device where you want to install the app.