Text entry on tablets is a challenge that manufacturers and software vendors have been trying to solve for a long, long time, and one look in a busy airport with dozens of people trying to type on iPads carefully-balanced on their laps will tell you that we've still got a long way to go. We're not sure how SwiftKey's new version will work on 10-inch tablets (take the Xoom, for instance), but we had a chance to check it out on a Galaxy Tab -- and we have to say that it's probably the best landscape virtual keyboard we've used on a 7-inch tablet so far. Swype and other tracing keyboards seem out of place on a screen this big, but SwiftKey takes advantage of the fact that your thumbs are so far apart by splitting your QWERTY into two parts and placing the lesser-used numbers in the center.
The keyboard isn't ready for prime time just yet -- SwiftKey still bills it as a prototype -- but we imagine it'll be available before too long. Follow the break for a hands-on video!
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Additional reporting by Jose Andrade