The next iteration of the iOS, the iOS 8 will allow its users to install other party keyboards. The swipe to text keyboards, a feature of Android smartphones will now be available on iPhones also. The third party keyboard apps for the iOS 8 have become very popular a fact which can be gauged by the fact that it has reached the top of the App store charts. It will make a world of difference on the way you type on your iPhone.
However there are two hiccups which iPhone users can encounter when they install third party keyboard. The first is the keyboard developers who will often maintain a cloud based dictionary in which the new words which the iPhone user types will be added. It means that everything which they type will be recorded. This could raise some privacy issues for some users.
The other problem will be the Siri’s text dictation which will require users to switch over to Apple’s default to translate voice from text
SwiftKey is one of the best other party keyboard app for iOS 8. With excellent text prediction, as well as AutoCorrect features, it will endear itself to the iPhone users. It allows the user to swipe your words in place of typing them out. Some may feel that swiping cannot be fast as typing a word; still it is very convenient for one handed writing. Once you get into the knack, you will find it much faster and easier than typing the words.
This application is to customize the colors of your iPhone 6 keypad; it also enables the user to shrink the keyboard for a better view of the screen. It is touted as one of the quickest keyboard in the world and the company boasts that one user broke the Guinness World Record in May. The strength of the app is its customizations, something iPhone users may not be used to, yet.
Swype is available for one dollar more than most iOS 8 keyboards. However it comes in five exciting themes. It features text prediction and text swiping. The only thing which it is lacking is the copy/paste functions that work so well in Android smartphones. You can type fast with Swype but the space has to be entered after each word.
It takes swiping to great length and allows the user to shrink the keyboard to almost nothing. It allows the user to see more of the screen while swiping. The major USP of the Minuum is its autocorrect facility which is very good.