SwiftKey 4.3 update aims to ease big-screen typing, hits the Play Store with 50% discount (video)
0. phoneArena 06 Nov 2013, 06:01 posted on
SwiftKey 4.3 is out of beta, bringing Layouts for Living to your Android phone or tablet. One of the most popular Android keyboard replacements is trying to solve the typing conundrum that arises with big-screen devices such as phablet and tablets by offering resizable and detachable modes that can float under your thumb(s)...
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1. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1514; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Read the news, downloaded the upgrade.
Now typing in the Nexus 7 will be easier (I only had bought the phone version :)
3. Finalflash (Posts: 2791; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Yea, I would say it is in my experience.
6. decent4u (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
By the design it is NOT (to me)
But Swiftkey gives the best typing experience.
(so it does its job perfectly)
8. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)
you can change the layout if thats what you mean
11. decent4u (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I mean the themes, swype looks more mature and elegant to me
10. Stuntman (Posts: 835; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
I personally like Swype better. The reason is that Swype has a better landscape split layout. I have an SGS3 which has a 4.8" screen. When turning the phone to landscape, it is hard for my thumbs to reach the middle of the keyboard. The Swype landscape layout is split more to the two sides than the SwiftKey one and makes it easier to type for me.
I personally do not like the SwiftKey landscape split layout. I find when I type, I tend to accidentally hit the shift key or space bar more often than the other keyboards I have used regularly (Kii and the latest Swype). As good as the SwiftKey autocorrect and text prediction is, it has difficulty correcting these types of keying errors.
In portrait, I tend to do gesture typing (where as in landscape, I peck with my thumbs). After gesture typing a word in Swype, it offers me alternate words that it thinks I may have wanted instead of the one it predicted through my gestures. Sometimes, two different words have similar gestures. If the word that Swype predicted was not correct, the correct word may be one of the other ones it offers. SwiftKey on the other hand tries to predict the next word. If it predicted the wrong word through gesture typing, I have to delete the word and try again.
What SwiftKey does really well is autocorrect and text prediction. I find this feature of SwiftKey is the best out of all keyboards I have tried. If SwiftKey had a better landscape layout, I would use SwiftKey. Since I make way more keying errors with SwiftKey than with Swype or Kii, the net effect is that SwiftKey is not as good for me compared to Swype or Kii.
I did try SwiftKey's tablet keyboard where the keyboard is split wider. With a 4.8" screen, the tablet split keyboard is just not practical for me.
4. Finalflash (Posts: 2791; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
About time they mixed the two. Seeing them as separate APKs for phones and tablets like in iOS irritated me so much knowing they can easily be one product.
5. AJmeBOY (Posts: 34; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
Looks innovative and functional. In the past i tried SwiftKey and felt that Swype did a much better job. I liked the features of Swype better (swype out for capital, long presses, arrow keys, smiles, etc..) I recently tried the standalone version of Swype (not the stock version) and was fairly disappointed in the keyboard changes as well as the amount of RAM required to run it.
I'll give this version a few weeks to get tested and then consider giving SwiftKey another try.
What is your preferred keyboard?
7. Ronny666 (Posts: 111; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)
I find Swype is more intelligent than Swiftkey. I type using one hand just with my thumb and Swype seems to detect any kind of complicated words I throw in. I like other swype functions (eg. Copy and Paste).
However, Swype starts to lag after months of usage. I need to clear the dictionary/cache on Swype every few months and I lose all the newly added words into the dictionary.
I don't have that issue with Swiftkey. I can still type almost like in Swype on daily basis but sometimes I do miss Swype because it is more intelligent.
9. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
How is it different from Thumb Keyboard? Is it any better?