Microsoft on Thursday announced a new feature to its own keyboard app for Android and iOS, Swiftkey.
The new feature called Swiftmoji, is an emoji based that can predict typed text. This means when you type words the appropriate emoji will accompany them.
The new app is similar to the original SwiftKey keyboard app, however the main difference, is that while SwiftKey offers suggestions for words, Swiftmoji will also offer users possible emojis they can insert into their messages.
Swiftmoji works best when a user types some text and predictive emoji feature suggests some of the emojis to be used.
The app will be suggesting emojis to users based on the message that they have typed out. For example, if the user types school during conversation then the Swiftmoji predicts school bus and other similar emojis.
The recommended emojis will be shown in a row on top of the words being suggested by the app.
The idea according to the company is to make the process of searching for the right emoji to add into a message much simpler and faster for users.
Other SwiftKey-based features that will also be found in Swiftmoji include keyboard customization options and the flow input feature, which allows users to drag their fingers across the screen to type instead of having to tap the keys.
The app, however, is still in its testing phase, and SwiftKey is inviting users to sign up for its testing program. The company told TechCrunch that it will only accept “a small number of people” into the beta, so if you want to try it, you should sign up and download it now.
SwiftKey, was acquired by Microsoft in February for $250 million.