Microsoft’s popular SwiftKey virtual keyboard has received an update on Android. The app is now up to Version 18.104.22.168 and comes with a couple of important new features.
We’ll start with a Messaging center that has been added to the keyboard. Located in the SwiftKey Toolbar, the new hub allows you to learn more about features on the app and get tips. Yes, this is the same feature that was rolled out to iOS users last month.
You access the Messaging center by selecting the i icon. That’s also a new addition that can be found above the keyboard layout. Once the center is open, users can search through notifications and other info from SwiftKey settings.
Moving away from the Messaging Center but sticking with the Toolbar, SwiftKey also has a new Customizer tool experience. You can choose what you see on the Toolbar.
Check out the full changelog for Version 22.214.171.124 below:
- Your SwiftKey Toolbar is now home to more features than ever before! Take a look.
- Use the revamped Customizer tool to choose what you see on your Toolbar. Just tap the … icon to get started.
- We’ve added Messaging center to SwiftKey Toolbar. Messaging center is a place to learn more about the newest features, along with tips to help you get the most out of your keyboard.
If you’re interested in using the keyboard on Android, you can get it from the Google Play Store here.
Space Bar Cursor
Also last month, the app brought a space bar cursor to iOS. This is a cursor control feature that basically brings more functionality to the space bar. Now, users can also use the space bar to move the text cursor around when typing. It’s a little bit like the space key cursor on BlackBerry’s physical keyboards.
With this tool, SwiftKey on iOS is now more useful if you need to correct a spelling mistake. For example, with the cursor you can move to individual letters and not delete whole words. We guess the feature will make its way to Android soon.