Layouts For Living Now Available For Download To New And Existing SwiftKey Users (Video)

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Personally, of the many options of keyboards one can have on the Android platform, SwiftKey is my absolutely favorite due to its uncanny accuracy and its ability to learn your various typing styles. So it’s my pleasure to announce that the much awaited “Layouts for Living” by SwiftKey is now available. The 4.3 update is available for download on the Play Store and the Amazon Appstore for those ready to dive in. The new layouts aim to assist with a more comfortable and seamless typing experience no matter what device you’re on. Whether it be a smartphone, tablet or any MID in between, Swiftkey has individually tailored the user experience.  And if you’re an existing customer, the app is available to you free as an update, so just head on back to the Play Store and retrieve it.

In the new update you’ll have access to three new layouts for your convenience, Compact, Thumb and Full. Each layout offers the ability to modify the size of the keyboard as well as the ability to undock it for optimal placement on your screen.

  • Compact: On many larger phones it can be difficult to enter text and hold the phone with just one hand. This new feature reduces 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. You can switch it from the left or right side of the screen

  • Thumb: For those who like typing on tablets in landscape or wide phones, the keyboard can be split into two areas, enabling fast, comfortable typing with both thumbs. Undock it from the base of the screen for even more flexibility

  • Full: The traditional full-width keyboard is still available and users with tablets can opt for an extended layout that is similar to the presentation of a physical keyboard. This layout has left and right cursor keys and the backspace is positioned above the enter key, making it easier to type with two hands when not holding your tablet

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In addition to the new changes, the company has added new Canadian English support racking up the languages to a total of 61.

SwiftKey will now know that users in Canada are more likely to be talking about Stephen Harper than Stephen King, and more likely to be going to Calgary than California.

Checkout the quick video demo below and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments. Think there’s a better keyboard out there? Let us know about it.

In addition to the new layouts, SwiftKey has added the following features in the 4.3 update:

  • Choose from 5 sizes to get your keyboard the perfect size for you

  • Undock your keyboard and position it where you choose on your screen

  • Rearranged and optimized secondary (123) and tertiary (symbols) layout, based on extensive user testing

  • A new theme: previously SwiftKey and SwiftKey Tablet had two different themes called “Dark”. Both are now available on phones and tablets, with the tablet “Dark” renamed as “Forest”

  • Extended layout for tablets, including left and right cursor keys

  • All 4 cursor keys (up, down, left, right) are now available on the secondary (123) layout on tablets – phone users can still choose to have cursor keys on the main layout

  • 10-inch tablets can choose to have a central numpad in the thumb layout in landscape

  • Combined phone and tablet app to give a seamless experience across all device sizes

If you have tried SwiftKey yet, hit one of the links below to get started.

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About the Author: Joe Sirianni

Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.


  • MrChris

    SwiftKey should spend some of it’s money on a decent graphic designer to stop the keyboard from looking ugly as hell. It shouldn’t be that hard.

  • pdaddy29

    So will we get a refund for if we bought both the phone and tablet versions, since they are becoming 1 app now? I have 4 devices between the wife and I, and the kids. Thats 8 versions we have paid for…