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SwiftKey announces Photo Themes, teams up with a National Geographic contributing photographer

SwiftKey gets Photo Themes (Source: SwiftKey)
SwiftKey gets Photo Themes (Source: SwiftKey)
The SwiftKey virtual keyboard app for both Android and iOS has just received Photo Themes, as well as a gallery of nature images to use with this new feature. These shots were taken and curated by Keith Ladzinski, a top photographer who worked for ABC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic.
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In only 7 years since its initial release, SwiftKey Keyboard managed to cover over 230 languages and two mobile operating systems. The company behind it was purchased by Microsoft in February 2016 for US$250 million. In this moment, SwiftKey Keyboard is used by an impressive number of Android and iOS users. In the Google Play store, for example, its number of downloads is in the 100,000,000 to 500,000,000 range. This week, this popular app has received a new feature that has a name saying it all - Photo Themes.

According to the official blog post published yesterday by the SwiftKey team, the new feature is available already and, if using various personal shots is not an option, its users can pick one of the 12 curated images that Keith Ladzinski provided exclusively to SwiftKey.

Ladzinski is a professional adventure photographer who worked for big names such as National Geographic, ABC, and Discovery Channel. Next to the exclusive gallery for SwiftKey users, he also contributed with a video that shows a few useful photography techniques that can be used even when shooting with a mobile phone or a cheap camera (sadly, not all of his tips can be applied without having a professional camera at your disposal).

To get started with Photo Themes, the users of the Android app should go to the Themes tab in SwiftKey Settings, while those on iOS should choose Design right after opening the app. In both cases, SwiftKey provides detailed instructions on its website for those who might run into trouble while using the Keyboard app.

In the Google Play store, the current rating of the SwiftKey Keyboard is 4.5 out of 5, after no less than 2,475,334 user votes. Its iOS sibling has more than 4/5 stars, but far fewer votes - 2,640 for the version that was released yesterday and 14,669 for all versions. However, we should also keep in mind that this app arrived about 3 years ago.

These being said, feel free to check Keith Ladzinski's photo tips below and, if you missed it so far, maybe you should also take the SwiftKey Keyboard app for a spin.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-11-10 (Update: 2018-03-15)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.