SwiftKey 4.3 update aims to ease big-screen typing, hits the Play Store with 50% discount (video)

SwiftKey 4.3 update aims to ease big-screen typing, hits the Play Store with 50% discount (video)
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). 

It is all folded into one app now, not separate pieces for phones or tablets, and all the great functionalities of SwiftKey you know and love - things like smart contextual prediction, error corrections, backup of your profile for syncing and trace entry - are still here.

If you are a current proud owner of SwiftKey, the update to the newest 4.3 version will hit you for free, but even if you are just discovering this awesome keyboard replacement for Android, it has the usual 50% discount for a new version that can be taken advantage of in Play Store countries like UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, Russia and New Zealand.

source: SwiftKey (Google Play)



1. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Read the news, downloaded the upgrade. Now typing in the Nexus 7 will be easier (I only had bought the phone version :)

2. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Is this any better than swype?

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, I would say it is in my experience.

6. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 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: May 08, 2013

you can change the layout if thats what you mean

11. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I mean the themes, swype looks more mature and elegant to me

10. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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: Dec 16, 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: 128; Member since: Jun 08, 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: Feb 21, 2011

How is it different from Thumb Keyboard? Is it any better?

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