22 January 2019
Android smartphone owners looking for a GBoard alternative have got another reason to download Swiftkey. The Swiftkey keyboard on Android has just got a major update and now offers the real-time translation. This feature was available for beta users for some time and lets you access Microsoft Translator right in the keyboard app, allowing you to translate your text in 60 languages right within the app.
Swiftkey, which had over 300M at the time of acquisition by Microsoft, lets you add the translator option via Toolbar that lets you customize the app as per your choice. To access Toolbar, just click on ‘+’ on the top left portion of the keyboard app.
Big update today! SwiftKey for #Android has a new integration with Microsoft Translator, giving you real-time, back and forth translation in over 60 languages. Download/update now to try it out! #multilingual #translator #microsoft #swiftkey https://t.co/c6vIaHcCUn pic.twitter.com/DEuOxbljM6— SwiftKey (@SwiftKey) September 27, 2018
While the translate feature works on all apps, the Microsoft Translator app still remains a separately downloadable app. The real-time translation works offline as well, in case you have the Microsoft Translator app separately.
If you’ve not yet tried, Swiftkey is a Machine learning powered keyboard app that learns and adapts the way users use the app. While AI-based predictions are not always accurate, this feature looks promising. Microsoft has not yet confirmed if this will be coming to iOS as well, as yet.