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Swiftkey Tablet Keyboard is Available to Beta Program Testers

Back in February, Switfkey announced a tablet-specific version of their keyboard that would make typing on a bigger screened device infinitely easier.  This new TRON-esque keyboard would allow you to type quickly with your thumbs while in landscape mode and while using their predictive typing engine, something we have currently only seen from Thumb Keyboard.  Yesterday, they made the first beta version available to those in their VIP beta program.

As you’ll see in the screenshots below, you can switch between a full keyboard or the thumb version easily and still use major features like voice-to-text.  I’ve been playing with the keyboard for almost a day now and like it, but I’ve got to admit that I was starting to get used to Thumb Keyboard.  We might do a video walk-through in a bit if appears to be needed.  

Sign up for the beta program.

  • Hogasswildmc

    I wish that theme would work on my DX, I like the color scheme.

  • Anonymous

    for all the rooted nook users , yes you can .. it’s not straight forward but if you have done other keyboards , before it works great ..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

      I just put it on my Nook, any idea how to get that split keyboard with the numbers in the center like kellex has in the pic?

      • Anonymous

        do you keep getting the pop up to download the English word pack ??? i cant seem to figure out how to turn if off .. it wont download ..

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

          Go to Settings>Language and Keyboard>Swiftkey Beta Settings>Language modules

          then choose the language you want. That cleared it up for me.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks man that Fixed it for me too :)

  • http://twitter.com/thmcdonald1 TJ McDonald

    Someone want to post an .apk?

    • Anonymous

      Join the vip fourm using the link above at the end of the article. Then you will get an email approving you and the link to this beta is right there.

  • JackalIB

    Wonder if I can use this on my nook running CyanogenMod?

    • Anonymous

      Yes you can ..

  • Just_In_Texas

    I have it loaded on my Xoom (stock image) and have used it for a day.

    One of the main differences that I wish SwiftKey would add that ThumbKeyboard has… arrow keys… Swiftkey beta for the phone has arrow keys, so I am in hopes that this functionality will be part of the Tablet Version of their software.

    I like the lay out options of the Thumb Keyboard (TK) app, you can customize your keyboard in many many ways for both portrait and landscape modes. TK even allows you to customize the keyboard height. A feature I like, since I could be typing on a plane, with one hand, two thumbs or with a stylus.

    I like the predictive engine in Swiftkey. I have been using it on my Droid for quite a while, and love it. The best feature of Swiftkey !!!

    So if there were to combine the predictive engine of Swiftkey, the customization of Thumb Keyboard with arrow keys, then it would be THE soft keyboard solution for the Xoom. I am rooting for Swiftkey on this…

    Just my humble opinion.

    • Anonymous

      Great writeup actually. Sort of my thoughts exactly.

    • Anonymous

      Could not agree more, the only thing is that custom keyboard height and size, if I could make the thumb portion a little larger and the full keyboard just a little smaller in would be perfect, and the arrow keys from TK are nice especially when trying to get the curser in between letters. with that being said I am still using the SwiftKey beta.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    As far as speed, how does this compare to Thumb Keyboard?

    • Just_In_Texas

      Hank, they both respond the same, as in speed of typing / input … I have not noticed any degradation in performance using Swiftkey.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

        Thank ya sir. It won’t work with my Droid X, but I’ll give it a shot on my tablet tonight.

        • Just_In_Texas

          hey Hank, I know they have a Separate Beta for just Phones like for your X…. look for that… another APK on the SwiftKey VIP group… I tried the Beta for Phones, and it seems to be good, it has the arrow keys for the phone… anyway, I am sure you already tried that… sorry if you already knew this.

  • Desert

    I actually saw a keyboard just like this on a android tablet at staples. It was not a major player, but still let’s u know that there is another one like it out there and before the swift one too.

  • http://twitter.com/CM_COLLIER Chris Collier

    Have been testing since last night and so far its working well. Some of the eye candy looks great, but could be refined from a performance standpoint, Have had a couple of freezes for a second or so, but its a Beta afterall. All things considered very nice and look forward to the full release.

  • Sankeyr

    All signed up. Hopefully I can test it out

  • Sankeyr

    All signed up. Hopefully I can test it out

  • Sankeyr

    All signed up. Hopefully I can test it out

  • Xhaxol

    im kinda missing the bigger keys in thumb keyboard, otherwise its slick

  • BasilofBakerStreet

    I loaded this up last night. Awesome keyboard. Just an FYI it really lags in the browser. What app do you use to take screen shots from your XOOM?

    • Anonymous

      The Android SDK heh. :)

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