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Replace your mobile keyboard with Swiftkey
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Your smartphone or tablet has a perfectly usable on-screen keyboard and there’s no urgent need to consider installing an alternative. But you’re missing out on some very useful features – especially where the latest version of Swiftkey is concerned.
The newly released Swiftkey 7 is the first major update to the tool since Microsoft scooped up the company behind it for a cool £ 180m in 2016. The biggest addition in both the Android and IOS versions is a handy new pop-up Toolbar that contains a number of useful shortcuts.
The Toolbar can be enabled or disabled whenever you need it and appears in a strip above the keys, providing quick access to emoji or GIFS, as well as letting you view the clipboard or select alternative themes for Swiftkey itself. The Android version comes with a number of extra items on the Toolbar, including Swiftkey 7’s other significant new feature, stickers – currently an Android exclusive. These can be added to messages or personalised and saved to your favourites, so you can get to them again quickly.
Some of Swiftkey 7’s other new features – namely location and calendar sharing – aren’t currently available in the UK version of the app. According to Microsoft, these are “coming soon”.