SwiftKey 4.3 exits beta, launches on Google Play as free update

Following the completion of the beta program, SwiftKey 4.3 has reached stable status and has launched as a free update on the Google Play Store. The latest version of the popular keyboard app introduces three new layouts to make typing easier on phones of all sizes — particularly larger models like the Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One Max. Dubbed "Layouts for Living," the new full, compact and thumb keyboard layouts can be undocked and moved around the screen — particularly useful for larger phones and tablets.

The new version of SwiftKey also introduces a Canadian English option, bringing the number of supported languages up to 61. And to celebrate today's launch, SwiftKey is half-price in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, Russia and New Zealand.

Check out our hands-on video after the break, or hit the Google Play link above to grab the new version.

Hands-on with SwiftKey 4.3

Press Release

Layouts for Living transforms your SwiftKey typing experience

  • SwiftKey 4.3 released in Google Play after successful beta
  • Three custom keyboard modes to adapt to any situation
  • Canadian English language model added

San Francisco, CA, November 6, 2013 — SwiftKey, the leading Android keyboard app, today releases ‘Layouts for Living’, its latest update in Google Play. SwiftKey 4.3 provides users with new keyboard layouts that can be resized and moved anywhere on a device, empowering people to type however they want to, regardless of screen size.

This update also introduces a Canadian English language model for the first time. It ensures predictions are more relevant than ever for SwiftKey users in Canada - it understands local place names and personalities, for example, it understands Canadian users who type “Stephen” will be more likely than American English users to be talking about Prime Minister Stephen Harper than author Stephen King.

SwiftKey is currently 50% off in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, Russia and New Zealand as part of Google’s Autumn promotion.

SwiftKey Layouts for Living introduces three new keyboard modes which can be undocked, moved and resized. This recognizes there is an increasing lack of distinction between the phone and tablet form factor and users want more flexibility when they type. The update follows a beta period with testing by our 100,000-strong VIP community.

SwiftKey co-founder and CTO Ben Medlock said: “Layouts for Living makes it easier and more comfortable to type, whatever you're using and whatever you're doing. The choice is yours - your SwiftKey, your way. We received an overwhelmingly positive response from our beta testers and we're excited to bring SwiftKey 4.3 to all our users.”

In addition to being able to size and place the keyboard anywhere on the device, version 4.3 of SwiftKey also includes three preset keyboard modes:

Compact: On many larger phones it can be difficult to enter text and hold the phone with just one hand. This new feature minimizes 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.

Full: Users with large screens can now opt for a full-width keyboard with left-right cursor control keys and a backspace key above the “Enter” key. By placing the keys closer together, this new layout mimics the experience of two-handed typing on a physical keyboard.

Thumb: For people typing on tablets in landscape and with wide phones in portrait the keyboard can be split into two sections, enabling fast, comfortable typing with both thumbs.

Consistent Experience

As devices of varying sizes continue to enter the market and the line between tablets and phones blur, a consistent SwiftKey experience is an ongoing priority for our fans.  Responding to fan feedback, SwiftKey has merged the phone and tablet apps to give a seamless experience across all device sizes.

With SwiftKey Layouts for Living, current and future customers can use one unified SwiftKey app across all Android devices. Leveraging SwiftKey Cloud, which was introduced in SwiftKey 4.2, the app also creates a cloud-based hub for each user’s personal language profile to be shared with any phone or device. SwiftKey Layouts for Living offers a beautiful user experience for all users, across all of their devices no matter the screen size.

The latest version of SwiftKey is available for trial or purchase by new users and as a free update for existing users from today. SwiftKey is available for download from Google Play, Amazon App Store and Android PIT.

Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • Does this version finally include Emojis?
  • No. Google has its own iWnn IME emoji keyboard you can download as a language pack for any phone and switch to at anytime. |❌_❌|
  • Where can you download that for Swiftkey? StealthDroid - Working in the Nexus Lab
  • It not for Swiftkey. It is just a secondary keyboard. http://groovyandroid.com/how-to-enable-emoji-keyboard-android-4-2-up-243/ If running stock google keyboard you can quick switch to it by holding the spacebar down. Or pull down the notification shade and switch the input there.
  • Am I missing something? If you hold down the enter key you get an emoji 'menu' Posted via Android Central App
  • Those are the simple text emojis. There is an entire list of Japanese picture characters that are universal.
  • Paid for this and used the crap out of it.... but with Google's keyboard released I've really not looked back. When I updated to my new phone didn't even install the app, doesn't feel like I'm missing anything.
  • Same here, + all the themes is really ugly Posted via Android Central App
  • +1
  • My problem with the google keyboard is that there too many extra steps to get to things like the question mark.
  • Google added the question mark and exclamation point right to the home screen of the keyboard in 4.4. Now you just reach over and press them like any other key. Posted from the awesome new Nexus 7
  • My problem with Google keyboard is it doesn't work too well: .I live in Australia. Here, we use US-input keyboards but UK spelling. Google keyboard seems incompatible with this. The spell check settings don't seem to do anything. .Auto-correct, despite being enabled, never actually does anything either. That's from the top of my head. But it just seems like it's working against me. I just installed Swype keyboard earlier today, and I so far prefer it. I'll give Swiftkey a go in the future too.
  • Play store still shows 4.2 though it does say sale and have Nov 6 in it. And there is no longer swiftkey tablet.
  • Seams like it
  • I was using swiftkey on my N7 for the past 9 months without any problems, same one on my phones. I never new why they needed a tablet version.
  • Staged rollout. They are probably releasing it little by little to make sure there are no major hiccups with anything. The app store will say it's been updated probably because they changed the app info/images. Yes, tablet is gone, the two apps have merged.
  • Love it! I like that you can resize it. 4.3 update is in the play store, I just updated Posted via Android Central App
  • Was just going to post it now. Seems now its a live update I was able to get 4.3
  • Just updated to 4.3 but don't have the option to resize or unlock the keyboard. Am I the only one? Ps. Although I like the new number pad alignment, they should've placed it on the left of the keyboard instead of the right, gotta get used to that now.
  • You get to those options from the settings key on the keyboard itself (holding in the numbers toggle). Posted via Android Central App
  • Thanks so much! But they should've added those options in the settings also, it's a bit of a challenge to find it at first.
  • I agree, I went through the settings 3 times looking for it. But now that I know, I like them where they are for quick access!
  • You helped me as well,Thnkz Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3
  • Nice, I especially love the way the numbers are aligned Posted via Android Central App
  • Nice, love the new forest theme. Sent from my Motorola side view pager 4-5683-968
  • +1 to that, very nice
  • Agreed about Forest theme. Funny thing is I think this used to be the way "dark" theme looked on the Tablet version of swiftkey. A while back I installed that version on phone just to get this theme :-) Posted via Android Central App
  • thanks for update info
  • Alex, in the video you have not mentioned the "Extended Layout" in the settings. It is actually very useful for tablets. Check it out.
  • Is it me or did they just got rid of the tablet version. They better not because I paid for that app Posted via Android Central App (Nexus 7)
  • Yup. I think it's all consolidated into one app now. Posted via Android Central App
  • I also paid for the tablet version and have it installed on my Nexus 10 and my HTC One. I am not seeing an option to update to 4.3 in the play store. And on the play store online it says i have the trial installed. WTF?
  • No love for the US. 50% off is not available for US.
  • They have discounts pretty often. You missed the 50% off on Android's 5th birthday October, 22.
  • You have too sign up for Obamacare to get the 50% off :-) Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3
  • I Love the new version! Before there were three keyboard sizes, which was great, but now there are five and they're more accessible. I also like the fact that you can un-dock the keyboard and move it to see what's under it.
  • Anyone know why they got rid of the arrow keys on the 2nd symbol keyboard? Not the "show arrows" option but rather the arrow keys that were embedded in the keyboard itself? Was very useful - would like them back! Posted via Android Central App
  • Installed it when I got my first Android phone a few years back and never looked back. This is the keyboard for me Posted via Android Central App
  • Excellent update for an excellent program. The forest theme is an excellent addition. All I can say is excellent. :-) Posted via Android Central App
  • The only thing that I want SwiftKey to do is add an option for a number row. (And not instead of cursor keys. Need those as well.) Posted via AC App on HTC One GPe
  • I agree. I haven't found any keyboard that more accurately predicts what I want to say, but the lack of a number row is a real bummer. Posted via Android Central App
  • So, if the tablet version went bye-bye, how do tablet version owners update to the new version? Posted via Android Central App
  • They must turn off predective words! Posted via Android Central App
  • Wat? Posted via sheer force of will on my Nexus 5!
  • Does this version still have the reboot issue where it changes to the stock keyboard after every reboot?
  • I'll answer my own question. Yes, this STILL has the reboot problem and will change back to the stock keyboard after every reboot. I like the keyboard but this company is a POS. I don't know how anyone can use this still with this issue.
  • The HTC One doesn't seem to have that problem. I know that was a major drawback when I was still using my Nexus S.
  • I had this problem when using my old Samsung but it's not an issue on the HTC One or Nexus 4/5
  • Me thinks this is a phone issue. My AT&T OG Galaxy Note had this issue on stock 4.2.1, my AT&T S4 does not have this problem on 4.2.2.
  • My AT&T S4 does not have this issue.
  • Anybody have better luck with swiftkeys predictive text than me? I really do prefer their keyboard layout and functionality, but I feel like Swype does so much better anticipating what I'm typing before I'm done... Posted from my N5 via the Android Central App
  • I found the exact opposite. SwiftKey seems to work much better for me than Swype. The last beta I tested had some problems with the flow through space, but this version seems to have fixed that as well. Nice job, SwiftKey! Posted via Android Central App
  • SwiftKey it's my favorite keyboard but the HTC One Sense keyboard is top notch and has great prediction, features and an awesome look. I bought SwiftKey on the One but the stock it's better and that's saying something. If they just updated the themes to a more flatter look I could give it a try one more time. Google Keyboard is also a worthy competitor but I really don't like that you have to waste time for punctuation marks like the , (comma). The layout is good and the looks are great.
  • I understand you can change the keyboard size, but I miss the option "Change key width and height." I feel like the new options are still too small for my giant fingers.
  • The beta worked fine on my Nexus 10 but the updated one now does not. If I add the expanded keyboard the keyboard disappears except for the word suggestion line.
  • maybe im an idiot but is there a button that acts as the tab button to move through forms better? and the arrows disappeared in the new version on my nexus 7 but remained on the note 2
  • maybe im an idiot but is there a button that acts as the tab button to move through forms better? and the arrows disappeared in the new version on my nexus 7 but remained on the note 2
  • Does it still convert to stock keyboard like it used too? Posted via Android Central App
  • Yes, tried and tested :( came back home from work and Samsung keyboard was default keyboard again. Shame, might have to go back to Google keyboard. Posted via Android Central App
  • Hate it. First they take out the ".com" key now they love the number keys? I'm done. Google keyboard here I come. Posted via Android Central App
  • I have read that Swiftkey breaks Google Now voice commands from the 4.4 launcher homescreen? Is this still the case? Since using the Nexus 5, I haven't yet installed Swiftkey again yet. I kind of like stock, and I am actually using the Swype-like feature finally. Seems much more responsive than the 4.3 keyboard.
  • I love the new features Posted from My GNote 2 via AC App