SwiftKey 4.3 to offer three layout modes for phones, tablets and phablets, unify them in one app

SwiftKey is one of the best Android keyboards, and with the latest 4.3 public beta version the best gets even better. Besides uniting the tablet and phone apps, the so-called "Layouts for Living" does, as the name implies, offer multiple shifting layouts, hence the ability to use one app on both your tablet and handset.

Not only that, but the keyboard can be placed anywhere and in one of three forms, so even one-handed typing on a small tablet is possible. The modes are called Compact, Full and Thumb, each offering a different layout for different scenarios. 

This idea would be a godsend for phablet users that don't have one-handed optimizations built into the user interface overlay, as they will be able to shrink their SwiftKey layout left or right to reach with just their thumb for example, instead of holding the phablet with both hands each time just to type. SwiftKey public beta 4.3 is available for you to take it on a spin from the source link below.

source: SwiftKey



1. papo1254

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

Best Android keyboards ever.

2. ilia1986 unregistered

Pity that the skin selection sucks. 5-6 skins is definitely not enough when none of them look like the stock android keyboard..

19. SleepingOz unregistered

Holo and Cobalt look pretty much like the stock Android keyboard.

3. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

So can i get a refund because i've previously brought both the tablet version and mobile version?

4. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Damn straight! I have it on my EVO and my Note 10.1.

10. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I was thinking the same. I guess it's the price to pay for great advances and upgrades.

17. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

https://play.google.com/store/account Find the purchase in that list and click the menu (three vertical dots) and that will allow you to request a refund. I suggest waiting until the actual release before doing so.

5. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I have been using Swype since the day one I'm with Android. Swype has been allowing you to resize the keyboard and move it to wherever you like in a while. If Swype is developed by Apple and swiftkey is from Samsung, swiftkey will be sued by Swype

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have both Swype and Swiftkey phone then later tablet edition during sales. I stick to Swype mainly because of its one app approach for both phone and tablet and also for providing a consistent layout for both phone and tablet.

6. Razrman

Posts: 100; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Cool, one of the best keyboards out there, I kinda like touchpal and swype as well.

7. piratestation

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

One of the best Android keyboards. But I wish it has a dedicated row for numbers.

12. Razrman

Posts: 100; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That would be nice, like the Samsung keyboard on the Note 2 if i'm not mistaken.

9. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

So............. I bought the phone one So I get a refund? Is it a new app?

11. DAddYE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

I would only appreciate if there is just ONE decent aesthetically acceptable layout.

13. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I love SwiftKey. It was worth the money.

14. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

It looks nice... too bad I can't use any keyboard other than the ICS one... had to download a custom one for JB.

15. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I like Swype and have been using it for a while,,,. Just downloaded this one from the internet and i like it much better. And it's still in beta, Swiftkey is faster and more accurate.

16. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I recently switched to Kii from SwiftKey due to the layouts. I tried the beta again on my SGS3 and I did not like the layouts. I find that SwiftKey's landscape layout to be uncomfortable to type on and results in a lot of keying errors. I switched to Kii because I really like the 13-key split layout in landscape. The only thing that keeps me from using Swiftkey is the landscape layout and the beta doesn't offer anything to me.

18. boomboom

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

this one is goooood...

20. richardraji

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

this is nice

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