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Swiftkey 4.3 Beta Arrives – Merges Tablet and Phone Keyboards, Lets You Resize and Move Keyboard as You See Fit

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This morning, Swiftkey introduced version 4.3 beta of its popular Android keyboard. This latest build is significant because it builds on Swiftkey cloud by finally merging the Swiftkey tablet and phone keyboards into one app, while also providing users with the power to resize and move keyboard layouts anywhere on a device. As you can imagine on a big screen, this feature could come in handy quite often. 

As Swiftkey suggests, there could be times when you are using a tablet and need to single-hand type, so a keyboard shrunken and moved to one side of the screen could be beneficial. At other times, you may want to use two-thumbs and type much quicker, so a spread out or traditional style keyboard may work best.

The new beta is available for download as of right now. You’ll find a download link below.

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With ‘Layouts for Living’, SwiftKey Liberates Your Android Typing Experience

New custom keyboard layouts adapt to any situation

San Francisco, CA, October 17, 2013 — SwiftKey, the leading Android keyboard app, today announced public beta access to its latest version, dubbed ‘Layouts for Living’. The SwiftKey 4.3 update provides users with new keyboard layouts that can be resized and moved anywhere on a device, empowering people to type however they want to, regardless of screen size.

Through extensive user experience (UX) testing and feedback, SwiftKey recognized that an increasing lack of distinction between the phone and tablet form factor means users are demanding more flexibility when they type. For example, commuters in cramped trains may want to type one-handed with their left thumb, while a professional writing a document on a tablet may want to type with both thumbs. SwiftKey’s latest update aims to adapt to everyday situations such as these as well as any number of others – it’s up to each user. With Layouts for Living, SwiftKey liberates users with a huge variety of layouts.

“Allowing people to manipulate the location, size and layout of the keyboard not only makes it easier to type – it gives our users a more personalized way to interact with their technology and each other,” said co-founder and CTO Ben Medlock. “We are committed to creating world-class user experiences that marry our powerful language technology with interfaces that learn and adapt to each user’s needs.”

In addition to being able to size and place the keyboard anywhere on the device, version 4.3 of SwiftKey also includes three preset keyboard modes:

  • Compact: On many larger phones it can be difficult to enter text and hold the phone with just one hand. This new feature minimizes the width of the keyboard and allows for easier typing with one hand or gesture typing using SwiftKey Flow. It also frees up more of the screen estate on tablets.
  • Full: Users with large screens can now opt for a full-width keyboard with left-right cursor control keys and a backspace key above the “Enter” key. By placing the keys closer together, this new layout mimics the experience of two-handed typing on a physical keyboard.
  • Thumb: For people typing on tablets in landscape and with wide phones in portrait the keyboard can be split into two sections, enabling fast, comfortable typing with both thumbs.

 Consistent Experience

As devices of varying sizes continue to enter the market and the line between tablets and phones blur, a consistent SwiftKey experience is an ongoing priority for our fans.  Responding to fan feedback, SwiftKey has merged the phone and tablet apps to give a seamless experience across all device sizes.

With SwiftKey Layouts for Living, current and future customers can use one unified SwiftKey app across all Android devices. Leveraging SwiftKey Cloud, which was introduced in SwiftKey 4.2, the app also creates a cloud-based hub for each user’s personal language profile to be shared with any phone or device. SwiftKey Layouts for Living offers a beautiful user experience for all users, across all of their devices no matter the screen size.

The SwiftKey Layouts for Living beta is available to the public now and can be downloaded at http://beta.swiftkey.net.

  • isergi

    Not the topic, but about the keyboard :)

    Look what a wonderful service to recruit a team for the competition. Let’s go!

    http://keyboard-racing.com

  • Zepplin76

    Still no changing @domain.com defaults

  • JRUIV

    When I got my Moto X I thought I’d give the ol’ Android keyboard a go again, but I just recently loaded SwiftKey again and boy is it better.

  • http://facebook.com/bob312 Bobby Sanchez

    give us emoji support please!!

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    I also wish they had emoji’s like lots of other 3rd party keyboards

  • jb

    How do you move the keyboard? Long pressing doesn’t work

    • jbdan

      The swiftkey logo on the keyboard

  • everettedl

    This is nice and all, but I really want the number row.

  • Chris

    Love swiftkey. No other keyboard comes close. Plus you are not stick with the same old boring gray or black….

  • yungqb7

    Best keyboard for android just gets better. Glad I was able to get the app for free. Couldn’t imagine using the Samsung keyboard on my Galaxy S4 on a daily basis

  • Andre

    As a note 2 user, I approve this update!

  • jbdan

    Love love the update can’t live without this keyboard.

  • Armus

    Still no dedicated number row. – a simple feature requested time and again

    • BSweetness

      Yeah, it’s disappointing. I don’t understand their hesitation to add it in as an option.

      • Brian Sorli

        I don’t understand their hesitation either. Loved this feature originally on webOS and Android is so slow to pickup on these useful features. Heck…even Apple has now stolen so many webOS features in IOS 7 that I’m just confused on why no one else has thought of using them. Even

        Matias Duarte helped create this feature and I’m guessing he’s trying not lean on previous efforts and webOS, but now does it make any since.

        Hopefully, numbers row arrives sooner then later!!! Bring the magic Swiftkey!!! Sorli…

    • Jsk

      With the ability to change the long press duration in advanced settings I see no need to have a dedicated row. Drop the delay to 100-200ms and typing numbers is easy

      • Kokomo

        That’s exactly what I do, works like a charm. I wish they would get rid of the stupid swipe punctuation button. It never works first time for me…ever.

      • BSweetness

        I do that as well, but I’d still like a dedicated row. My fingers fly when I type, and that (extremely) short long press is just enough to throw things off a bit.

        I’d just like to have the option of a dedicated number row. I don’t want one that’s forced, but one that’s available to be turned off and on in the settings.

      • ROB

        Thanks, never thought about reducing the time. Big difference.

    • Nate

      There is if you have a tablet and have this Beta installed. There is the option for a “PC” layout. I’m pretty sure that does what you want.

      • Armus

        No sir. PC layout is a joke. No number row, only two of four arrow keys. Read their forum and you’ll find a lot of criticism of this mode.

  • Butters619

    Did they get rid of the “.com” button when you click on the chrome web bar? I can’t go back to swiftkey until they either get rid of that or allow an option to disable it because all my web searches turn out like “nexus.com5.comrumors.com”

    But man, I miss their awesome word correct. It is definitely second to none.

    • mustbepbs

      Yes they removed the .com button a while ago.

      • Butters619

        When is a while ago? I think I switched to the Android keyboard permanently when Google released it on the playstore. And at that time SK still had the “.com”

        • mustbepbs

          At least a month ago. I remember people making a stink about it.

          • Butters619

            Nice! I enjoy the Android keyboard, but the word prediction was nothing compared to Swiftkey, but I just could never get used to that “.com” button and it drove me away. Now I am back and probably for good.

            Thanks for the heads up!

          • mustbepbs

            Totally agree. I always hated the “.com” button, but always couldn’t stand the lack of prediction from the Google keyboard. SwiftKey is king.

  • William Ku

    so theres no more separate phone and tablet app? does that mean i can use this on tablet finally even though i only bought the phone app previously?

    • Raven

      I hope so. I have always thought that it was stupid to have it split into 2 apps, especially since the tablet app was lacking arrow keys (but had the split layout) and the phone app had them.

      • Adrynalyne

        Some people who bought both are going to feel cheated. Kinda glad I only have the phone one.

        • Raven

          I am one of them who bought both.

          • jeesung

            +1. bought both. feel cheated :(

    • Nate

      They said that when this version becomes stable, an update will be made to both versions. In other words, at the end of the beta testing, everyone will be running the same version regardless of which version you currently own.

      I’m just happy we don’t have to buy a new Swiftkey all over again; I own the tablet and phone version–I didn’t mind buying both. However, the functionality of SK is incredible in this update–well worth buying two keyboards. :)

    • Flyinion

      You can use the current “phone” version on a tablet just fine. I’m using it on my 2013 Nexus 7. I tried a trial of the tablet version and decided it just wasn’t worth it to me…..I never really used the split layout.

      • William Ku

        yea the split layout is exactly what i want on my tablet. i have an HP Touchpad so i need that. i never understood having to pay again just because i want it on my tablet too. to date, this is the only app that i know of that does this.

    • jbegs

      Anyone else having trouble installing the beta app? I download it, click on the download once done to start the install process. I have Office Mobile (Microsoft) installed and it seems like the installer is trying to use that. I get a flash on the screen then nothing happens.

  • coolsilver

    Some annoying bugs still appear once in a while with auto correct. Wish they had better Voice typing access than press and holding , key. Not that it glitches and hard to edit text when it screws up.

    • Chris

      Hence the “beta” tag…

      • Guest

        Thanks for the explanation.

  • picaso86

    Swiftkey Pro became unusable to me.. It lags like cray and it doesn’t show any predictions at all. I think it has to do with the email backup feature.

    • Chris

      works fine for me. Unless you are talking about this beta then problems are to be expected.

  • al_dizzle419

    Damn. Still no emoji support

    • Jeff C

      are they opposed to it or just haven’t got around to it?

    • Stone Cold

      I don’t understand why emoji is a must have addition? It is just emoticons right?

      • Ben Landwehr

        As “dumb” as they are, they’re really fun to use. Makes messaging people a better experience. So for now, I’ll stick with Kii.

        • Stone Cold

          Are they like the ones facebook uses if so they are annoying cause they are so huge.