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SwiftKey Tablet X To Come Pre-Loaded On Motorola XOOM 2

Reports out of Pocket Lint  suggest that the Motorola XOOM 2 will come fully loaded with SwiftKey Tablet X. As a tablet keyboard that was first introduced at CES, it was only a matter of time before an OEM picked it up to help differentiate themselves from the rest. One of the running issues with Android tablets has been the fact that there are very little differences between them. We know that HTC and Samsung have taken to skins to set themselves apart and this could be the next step towards Moto doing that with their bigger slates.

We know we have some big SwiftKey fans around here, thanks to a recent poll we ran, but will the presence of the tablet SwiftKey on the newest XOOMs be reason enough for you to go out and buy one? When I get a new device and see that Swype has come pre-loaded I always find myself a little more happy – can’t necessarily say it was one of the deciding factors for purchasing it though.

Via: Pocket Lint

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  • http://www.DavidPat.com David Pat

    I wish it was Trace T9 but Swiftkey is good too

  • Mike Hawk

    is it just me that thinks swiftkey on a tablet sucks compared to the phone version? not because of features that are missing and not becaue its stretched out but because of the layout of the keys. like half the letters r on one side and the other half is on the other side and the numbers r in the middle. They should’ve made it look like a real keyboard layout with the numbers across the top and all the keys evenly stretched out across the bottom half of the screen with the space bar as the biggest and longest key

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  • Anonymous

    Wonder if moto is going to start making all their devices with the weird angles like this and on the razr?

    • SamIam

      It actually started with the Photon & Electrify & I doubt it.  MOT seems to like to have several design languages — different looks for different markets.

      • Anonymous

        Well this and the razr look distinctly alike more so than the photon.

  • Anonymous

    Mine is post-loaded, big whoop! :P

  • Phil

    no arrow keys on the main keyboard, after all this time SwiftKey still doesn’t get it…

    • Mike Hawk

      yea I agree. on a touch screen device like a 4 inch phone or even a 10 inch tablet how could they possibly forget arrow keys to navigate the 4 inch touch screen?

  • SamIam

    Differentiating in the Android tablet space is a tough nut to crack.  MOT’s approach, I think, is 2-fold.  The one they talk about most, of late, is the enterprise play.  Citrix desktop, Gotomeeting, & Quickoffice are all very nice things to have for work.  And being able to access all your desktop PC’s music, videos, pictures, and documents anytime anywhere would be a god-send for me.  The other differentiator that I think MOT is going for with the Xoom2 is the robustness of hardware.  You see that black edge around the Xoom2?  I recently had the chance to check it out in person & it’s a hard-rubber (plastic?) that looks to be at least 1/8″ thick.  One good drop & the most tablets are probably done — Xoom2 looks like it will be a lot better solution for people that don’t like to have a 1/4″ case all the way around their sexy new tablet.

  • kevdog

    Hate to break it to you guys — Swiftkey on phones Rock — on tablets it sucks.  Too much of a stretch to get to the middle predictive word with the thumbs.  Their UI for tablets needs to be much different that for phones.

    • SamIam

      Hate to break it to you, kevdog, but there is no need to ever hit the middle predictive word — it’s entered as soon as you hit either space key.  It’s just in the center to make it obvious.

  • Anonymous

    I guess this means the Xoom 2 will not be a Google Experience device. Of course, the Xoom really isn’t completely that any more, either.

  • Anonymous

    Swiftkey tablet keyboard, where have you been all my life….

    • Anonymous

      I, too, love it. I’ve been a paid user of SwiftKey since they first came out with the thing, and in the beta before that.

      However, I must say that I am disappointed to see anything preloaded on any Android device.

  • KevinC

    why would you be happy to see swype preloaded on a phone?  it means you can’t load the beta version.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      Loading Swype on a phone is sort of a pain in the butt. I have never had issues with a pre-loaded version of Swype compared to the BETA. 

      • KevinC

        there may be no issues, but you don’t get any of the cool updates like the beta users do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kittygetwet James Sorensen

    Swiftkey should come with Android anything!

    • KevinC

      no, android phones should come with no bloatware.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing