November 26, 2014

SwiftKey Updates Keyboard, Now Optimized for Tablets as Well

SwiftKey is an amazing keyboard. I was an alpha tester from day one, and it’s come a long way. It’s eye-pleasing, easy to use, and it just works. Well, the SwiftKey team has updated their keyboard, and they’ve included some awesome tablet functionality. There’s no noticeable difference when using the new version on an Android phone, but when used on a Galaxy Tab, for example, it’s easily up there with the best landscape keyboards for tablets. The guys over at Engadget went hands-on with SwiftKey on a Galaxy Tab, and they’re impressed.

Unlike other keyboards on a tablet, SwiftKey takes advantage of the screen size, and splits the QWERTY layout in half, putting the numbers in between. It’s a great idea, and I’m honestly surprised that I haven’t seen it before. (Thanks to our commenters who pointed out that Thumb Keyboard has used a similar split layout for months now.)

EDIT: JoeBraidWood on Twitter pointed out to me that the tablet-ready version isn’t finished yet. The Engadget post was just a sneak peak at what’s to come. My mistake. We’ll let you know when the new version is released.

EDIT 2: If you like the split keyboard concept, keep an eye on AndroidGuys for our upcoming review of Thumb Keyboard.



  • Debbie Williams

    Thumb Keyboard already does this.

    http://www.appbrain.com/app/thumb-keyboard-(phone-tablet)/com.beansoft.keyboardplus

    We used Swiftkey on our G2 phones and my husband uses Thumb Keyboard on the Archose 101 Internet Tablet.

  • JazzHands

    Thumb Keyboard, just about 2 months on the market now, and very good reviews, has a split keyboard for tablets. Looks way better than this

    Looks like swiftkey is just copying the same concept (but worse and of course far more expensive)

    • Brian

      +1 for thumb keyboard. Started using it on my Archos 101 about a week ago and it’s brilliant :)