January 12, 2011 | by Chris Smith
SwiftKey was one of the most popular keyboard replacements of 2010 and it appears that they don’t want to fade away in 2011. Engadget just got a hands on with the new, tablet-centric, version of SwiftKey running on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. And boy does it look useful.
It’s definitely unique for Android keyboards with the QWERTY keypad split while in landscape mode and the number pad in the middle of the split. It actually reminds me of what Windows 7 has done with their onscreen keyboard for tablets, except the number pad in the middle. The keyboard is also available in portrait mode as a “regular” layout that we all know and love. Of course, one of the biggest benefits of using SwiftKey is that is has decent prediction allowing you to type common phrases quickly.
I have to say that after watching the video of the new format for tablets, SwiftKey looks like something that could greatly improve input speed on any tablet. My guess is that we are going to see SwiftKey stay as one of the best Android keyboard replacements for some time, especially if they keep innovating at the pace they are now.