SwiftKey is one of the best Android keyboards, using your typing history to specifically tailor its auto-suggestions to your writing style. But the competition for keyboard supremacy is fierce, with Fleksy, Swype, Google’s own keyboard, and other competitors constantly trying to one-up one another.
SwiftKey’s newest update, launching November 20, promises to ramp up the app’s performance. The developers targeted making the keyboard more responsive when typing, to the tune of a claimed 10 to 18 percent performance increase; it also pops up and disappears from the screen faster than before, and refreshes quicker when switching between different forms.
The keyboard's is also adding twelve new languages targeted at India and the nearby region, such as Assamese, Bengali, and Gujarati. These add up to a total of 81 languages that SwiftKey supports.
Earlier this year SwiftKey moved to a freemium model, making the app free and opening its own premium theme store. It now has two Material Design-specific themes that match well with Android Lollipop.
The impact on you: If you use SwiftKey, this looks like a solid update that you should grab once it’s available. The app has taken a performance hit on some devices as it has grown to support most of the Android ecosystem and now has a version for iOS. Keeping it running fast and smooth is important in order to keep you from being tempted by all those competitors out there in the Play Store.