SwiftKey 4.3 to offer three layout modes for phones, tablets and phablets, unify them in one app
posted by Daniel P. / Oct 17, 2013, 9:37 AM
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.
Pity that the skin selection sucks. 5-6 skins is definitely not enough when none of them look like the stock android keyboard..
posted on Oct 17, 2013, 10:12 AM 4
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So can i get a refund because i've previously brought both the tablet version and mobile version?
posted on Oct 17, 2013, 10:16 AM 2
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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.
posted on Oct 17, 2013, 5:13 PM 0
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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
posted on Oct 17, 2013, 11:00 AM 2
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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.
posted on Oct 17, 2013, 11:17 AM 0
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One of the best Android keyboards. But I wish it has a dedicated row for numbers.
posted on Oct 17, 2013, 11:13 AM 5
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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.
posted on Oct 17, 2013, 3:45 PM 0
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