Swype has had their foothold on pre-installed alternative keyboards for Android phones. Originally Swype was a staple on Samsung Android devices. Samsung’s investment arm had heavily invested in Swype, along with others like Nokia, and it was assumed that because of that investment Swype was the preferred alternative keyboard for Samsung devices.
For those new to Android and not familiar with Swype, it’s a keyboard that allows you to trace words on the keys in a “swiping” motion, rather than pushing each letter to type. It’s rather popular although I personally prefer Flex T9 which offers a similar style keyboard.
Swype was just recently purchased by Flex T9’s owners nuance, for $100 million dollars. We’re not sure if this has anything to do with the news today but whatever the reason, Motorola has gone with Swift Key on the Xoom 2.
Swift Key is a typing keyboard, that’s laid out in a easier to type manner making it feel natural to type on a flat, touch screen surface. Swift Key works especially well on tablets, where swiping may stretch a little too far for the one handed motion we were expecting on a larger screen.
Swift Key lays their tablet version out in such a way that again, typing becomes intuitive.
As you can see from the picture above, Swiftkey lays their tablet keyboard out the same way some ergonomic traditional keyboards are laid out. AndroidCentral and Pocket-lint have both confirmed that Swift Key is aboard the Motorola Xoom 2 which should be announced at any moment now.