Swiftkey, the popular Android keyboard app, has dropped its £2.99 price tag and is now available for free download starting today.
Launched in 2010, SwiftKey’s keyboard app has been downloaded tens of millions of times, and has been at the top of the best-selling paid app charts on Google Play more than any other paid apps.
In addition to being free, SwiftKey is launching a new version with new features including enhanced Emoji support and a new feature called Emoji prediction, back-of-house functionality improvement, a new default ‘Nickel’ theme design, and support for five new languages – Belarusian, Mongolian, Tatar, Uzbek and Welsh.
There’s also a store from where users will be able to select from over 30 new “themes” to dress up their app in color and style they like.
“This is the start of an incredibly exciting phase for us as a business,” said SwiftKey co-founder and CEO Jon Reynolds.
“We have made the decision to go free to better enable everyone, everywhere, to use SwiftKey’s market-leading technology without payment being a barrier. We’re focused not only on reaching more users with our powerful technology, but on building great content and features to engage them.”
Swiftkey customers who already paid for the app, there’s a special $4.99 ‘Premier Pack’ of 10 themes.
“To thank our users who have paid for SwiftKey Keyboard in the past, we’re offering you a Premier Pack of 10 new premium themes to download, worth $4.99, for free! All users, including newcomers, can download an additional three free themes from the store, and there’s more content coming soon.”