SwiftKey Beta adds Microsoft to its name and Emoji 12.0 support

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What you need to know

  • SwiftKey Beta is now called Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard.
  • The update that brings the name change also brings support for Emoji 12.0.
  • Microsoft purchased SwiftKey in 2016.

SwiftKey Beta has a new name following its latest update, at least in a way. SwiftKey is now "Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard" according the app's changelog. The app listing remains the same for now, but the changelog states the new name and clarifies that SwiftKey is "still the same keyboard you know and love." The same update also brings support for Emoji 12.0, which has many new designs.

Microsoft purchased SwiftKey in 2016 and it has continued to grow in terms of users. SwiftKey hit 500 million users toward the end of 2019.

The new name adds Microsoft's identity to the popular keyboard, but the app seems like it will otherwise stay the same in terms of features and plans.

If you want to see the new Emoji that are available following this update, you have to have a device with Android 10 or above.

Sean Endicott
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