Version 4.3 is being dubbed ‘Layouts for Living’, and gives users new keyboard layouts that can be resized and shifted anywhere to suit the form factor of the device.
Just to recap, SwiftKey offers up a smart replacement keyboard to the one that comes bundled with the Android OS, one that learns how you use language in to offer one of the best predictive typing systems out there.
It can also be improved by allowing access to a user’s SMS, email, Facebook and Twitter archives. So when writing a text, email or tweet, this profile is used to correct typos in context, predict a word as it is being traced, or suggest the most likely next word in a sentence.
The latest beta essentially recognizes the difference between tablets and smartphones and the myriad of environments they could be used.
So, for example, a traveler on a crowded underground train may wish to type one-handed on their tablet or phibw, thus SwiftKey now lets the user decide where the keyboard is placed.
The app also includes three preset keyboard modes – Compact, Full and Thumb, each geared towards specific use-cases and device types. And yes, this ultimately means that SwiftKey will soon only offer a single app through Google Play covering both phones and tablets.
SwiftKey 4.3 beta is available now.