SwiftKey 7.0 brings a new ‘+’ sign to the left side of the prediction bar; tap that to open Toolbar, a menu that offers ‘fast and easy access to both new and existing features.’
Keyboard app SwiftKey just announced its “biggest update” since becoming part of Microsoft nearly two years ago.
SwiftKey 7.0, which is rolling out to Android and iOS now, brings a new “+” sign to the left side of the prediction bar; tap that to open Toolbar, a menu that offers “fast and easy access to both new and existing features,” the SwiftKey team wrote in a blog post. Head to the Toolbar for things like emoji, GIFs, settings, themes, and more.
Plus, Android users are getting a special treat in the Toolbar: stickers.
“You can add Stickers to your messages as they are, or edit them to add your own style and personality to a message,” the team wrote. “Save your favorite Stickers – edited or otherwise – and access them later in Collections, found by tapping on the ‘pin’ icon on the Toolbar.”
SwiftKey said it plans to launch some “exclusive Microsoft Sticker packs,” in the near future. The company also tipped two other upcoming features: location sharing and calendar sharing.
“Location sharing (available to US and India)…makes it easy to insert the address of a nearby location in a message, and Calendar sharing … lets you insert a calendar appointment with a couple of taps,” the team wrote.
Meanwhile, in case you missed it, rival keyboard app Swype is going away. Developer Nuance last month announced it is discontinuing the app to focus its efforts on “AI-powered solutions.” Current Swype users can continue to “use the app as normal” for the time being, “and will be able to contact Nuance for tech support as needed for the next several months,” the company said.