Update (11/06 4:00pm): Apple has chosen Swype as the App Store’s Free App of the Week.

Back at WWDC 2014, Apple announced it would be allowing users to install third party keyboards in iOS 8. While there are a number of virtual keyboard options out there like SwiftKey and Fleksy, Nuance’s popular Swype keyboard app has gone free for the first time since it released in mid September.

Head below for more details… 

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Swype is the most accurate keyboard on the planet. Whether you type or Swype we enable you to input words faster and easier. It learns the way you type so the more you use it, the smarter it gets.

Along with recently adding support for 20+ languages and customizable keyboard layouts, Swype allows users to quickly swipe across the keyboard, as the name implies, with various gestures for symbols, punctuation and capital letters.

Features:

  • Incredibly intuitive language models that accurately predict what you type or Swype
  • Five beautiful themes – FREE on iPhone.
  • Swype learns how you type. You can tell it to add or remove words from your personal dictionary
  • You can Swype on your iPad as well as your iPhone
  • Improved iPad layout
  • Sound on Keypress option added

For those who don’t know, third party keyboard support essentially allows users to replace Apple’s stock iOS keyboard with another system via the App Store. Head over to our “How-to: Set up and customize third-party keyboards” in iOS for more details on how to do so.

More from Nuance:

Why type when you can Swype? One of the most requested apps for iPhone is finally here.

“There’s no faster, easier way to input text on an iPhone” – CNET

“My favorite is Swype…It’s surprisingly powerful.” – The New York Times

Swype is the most accurate keyboard on the planet. Whether you type or Swype we enable you to input words faster and easier. It learns the way you type so the more you use it, the smarter it gets.

New Features:

• 21 languages supported including 16 new downloadable languages • Intelligent Emoji support in 6 languages (English (US), English (UK), French, Italian, German and Spanish) • Improved iPad layout • Customizable keyboard layout (QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY) • Sound on Keypress option added (*Requires “Full Access”)

Product Features:

• Incredibly intuitive language models that accurately predict what you type or Swype • Five beautiful themes – FREE on iPhone. • Quickly enter symbols, punctuation and capital letters with Swype gestures • Swype learns how you type. You can tell it to add or remove words from your personal dictionary • You can Swype on your iPad as well as your iPhone

*For best results when using Swype, please ensure that you have updated to the latest version of iOS

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