Nov 06 AT 2:00 PM Dima Aryeh 5 Comments

SwiftKey and Swype both updated with new layouts


SwiftKey is my absolute favorite keyboard, and as of late, I’ve been using the beta version from their site. This beta, called Layouts for Living, added a ton of functionality to the keyboard by adding two new layouts and combining the phone and tablet keyboards.

These new layouts are called thumb and compact. Thumb splits the keyboard in two and separates the halves far apart; it’s quite useful on tablets. Compact squishes the keyboard to one side for one-finger typing on large phones (useful on the Note 3). You can also fully undock the keyboard and move it anywhere you’d like.

This update is now live on the Play Store and Amazon Appstore, so if you’re a SwiftKey user, go update the app! If you’re on the beta, update the regular version and switch to that.



Swype has also been updated on the Play Store, coincidentally, with added layouts that make it easier to type on large displays. The new layout is similar to the compact layout on SwiftKey, which pushes the keyboard to one side. Continuous dictation and voice recognition in a language other than the default have been added, as well. So if you’re a Swype user, hit the widget or visit the Play Store to update your keyboard!


Source: Engadget

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • alexanderharri3

    Immensely helpful for tablets, the old tablet keyboard still had massive buttons even for split mode. Odd that Swype followed suit today, coincidentally.

    • Rajesh

      I think Swype might have been out with their version before SK (’cause I saw the Swype update first). Maybe different for you. I use both alternately btw.

      Also the bilingual feature in Swype seems like a cool affair; unfortunately the bilingual language support is not extended to my mother tongue (Tamil).

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  • Jmi

    When is SwiftKey going to add Emjoi to its app. Kinda ridiculous that a $4 app doesn’t have this pretty simple yet desirable feature. How hard can it be? Didn’t Android just add it to its standard? IPhone has it as do numerous apps. Get with the program


    • Jordan

      Just use a different messenger. Like go sms. Emojis and SK. Best of both worlds. Go sms is fantastic already