There are many popular third-party keyboards for the Android platform is SwiftKey will be at the top of the list for many of its users. Microsoft actually acquired SwiftKey back in 2016. A new update has been released today for SwiftKey on Android which adds support for two-way translation powered by Microsoft Translator.
SwiftKey now has two-way translation built right inside the keyboard. This will make it much easier for people to send messages in multiple languages and will save them the hassle of copy-pasting multiple times when they just want to quickly message across language barriers.
This feature is powered by Microsoft Translator which is also available as a standalone app. This link up with SwiftKey will further promote Microsoft Translator as an alternative to Google Translate. That’s quite the promotional push given that SwiftKey had more than 300 million users back when Microsoft acquired it.
The translation feature will be located in the new Toolbar which also lets users customize the keyboard, it can be opened by tapping on the “+” icon in the upper left corner. When this feature is enabled, users will then be able to switch between input and output languages. More than 60 languages are supported and will then be easily translated to a second language with just one tap of a button.
SwiftKey has received the two-way translation feature on Android only as of right now. The company hasn’t confirmed as yet when the feature will be rolled out to the iOS version of the keyboard.