Sony adds Xperia keyboard to the Play Store for Xperia devices

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Sony is keeping up the trend of OEMs adding their stock apps to the Play Store to be updated individually. The latest to hit Google’s servers is the keyboard application for Xperia devices. So far, it doesn’t look like they’ve done too much beyond just throwing the app up for download, but in the future, they’ll be able to quickly and efficiently push out updates for devices.

The keyboard is what you’ll find on Sony’s Xperia devices, completely with emoji key and swipe typing. It’s not the most featured keyboard in the world, but some people like the stock options.

If you own an Xperia device, keep an eye out for updates to your keyboard. If you’re tired of waiting for any updates from Sony, you may want to check out our updated keyboard guide to keep you busy in the meantime. » Read the rest

SwiftKey update includes new winter theme, updated install process

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swiftkey_winterSwiftKey’s newest update isn’t a huge one in terms of functionality, but it keeps up with the season by adding a new winter theme. The new theme, which you can see above, coats your keyboard in a frosty blue and covers them with snow. A gust of wind trails your finger as you swipe past your desired letters, which then show up as large snowflakes while you type.

In addition to the new theme, the update also brings a new installer, which now automatically downloads language packs. A number of bug fixes are also included. Head past the break for a download link.

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Google adds blue theme option into Google Keyboard update

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Remember the theme engine that’s baked in (but hidden away) in Google’s stock keyboard? Looks like Google might be taking advantage of it in their latest keyboard update.

The new version of the stock Android keyboard gives you two options for themes; the new white theme that matches with the color palette that’s been introduced in KitKat, or a theme that matches the more traditional Holo blue we’ve gotten used to ever since Ice Cream Sandwich was released. They aren’t exactly the most varied themes that we’ve ever seen, but it’s a good start. You never know, Google may start regularly rolling out new themes, or they might even open up that theme engine for third-party developers on the Play Store to take advantage of, similar to how Cyanogenmod does things. » Read the rest

ASUS demos new TransKeyboard, a Bluetooth keyboard with built-in tablet stand

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ASUS makes some of the best keyboard docking stations around, which is pretty clear looking at the success of their Transformer tablets. Their next move is to introduce a Bluetooth keyboard that’s mostly universal for all Android tablets, and they’re calling it the TransKeyboard.

Not only does this keyboard have a fancy name, but it comes with an incredibly unique folding cover. The cover bends and contorts to create a stand for any device, and it’s pretty firmly held in place thanks to some magnets in the folds. It supposedly fits any device up to 10 inches, which should include just about every Android phone and tablet on the market right now. It’s tough to explain, but the video ASUS uploaded to their YouTube channel late last night gives a great demonstration of the device. It’s also completely wireless and comes with a rechargeable battery that fortunately uses a standard MicroUSB plug.

Aside from the minute-long promo video, there’s no word on a release date or pricing. Hopefully ASUS will fill us in soon. In the meantime, check out the video below to see it in action.

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Google Keyboard 2.0 with Kit Kat features rolling out in Play Store

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The Google keyboard (version 2.0) that was announced with Kit Kat that has Emoji, among other new features, is currently rolling out in the Play Store. The update will bring the ability to trace out sentences by brushing over the spacebar, Emoji capabilities, and a new gray theme.

You can see if it’s available for you yet by heading the download link past the break. If not, be patient, as the update is still slowly rolling out, in true Google fashion.

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Archos Unveils Its Newest 10-inch Tab, The 101 XS 2

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Archos just announced its newest 10-inch tab to hit their new Gen 11 range of devices.  The device is sitting pretty with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 res display and takes a design que from the HTC One by implementing front facing speakers. In addition, they’re complimenting the device with keyboard which also doubles as a front facing cover to protect the device’s screen dubbed the “coverboard”. The cover/keyboard sports magnetic clips which latch on to the device to feel like one solid unit. Innards include a 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB’s of on-board storage. Overall, the device is much like its predecessor only with a quad-core CPU upgrade.

The standard OS version should include Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will bundle the OfficeSuite Pro 6 for allowing support with MS Office docs along with a slew of their own internal applications for an optimal media experience. We can expect the device to arrive in the UK next month for £249.99 ($401.13) and can be purchases on Archos’ website for added convenience. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Hit the break for the rest of the pics.   » Read the rest

New KitKat keyboard available for download with emojis and space-awareness

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The release of Android 4.4 KitKat continues to bring us new goodies as folks get their hands on the code and compile bits for us to use on our existing devices. We have already seen the release of the new Hangouts, wallpapers from the Nexus 5, and the Google Experience launcher, and now the latest is the new keyboard that comes with KitKat. There are a couple new features incorporated into the keyboard that users may find useful. The first is an awareness of when one word ends and another begins using “space-aware gestures” which Google has named “phrase gesture” in the settings. By dragging your finger down to the space bar, the keyboard will insert a space so you can keep on typing using the swipe method without lifting between words.

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New NFC-Enabled Bluetooth Gaming Keyboard for Android Announced by Mad Catz

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It appears that Mad Catz, the manufacturer of quite a number of not-so-cheap gaming companions like mice, controllers, games and even apparel, have just announced they’ve heard the vast cries for a more Android centric gaming keyboard. That’s right, the company is introducing their latest product, the S.T.R.I.K.E. The keyboard is an NFC-enabled device with bluetooth capabilities solely focused on Android gaming. Remember the M.O.J.O. console from E3? Yeah, that’s them. The team is dubbing this as “GameSmart” and will be showing off their implementation of micro P.U.L.S.E. scissor keys which provide precision actuation and tactile responses.

In addition, there’s an optical finger navigational mouse sensor with dedicated hardware buttons for a better gaming experience on Android. Furthermore, the company is clearly pushing the aesthetics department a bit with their futuristic Bill & Ted excellent design. Overall, we think they look pretty innovative. The company is offering the option of three different colors for now. You’ve got the choice of gloss red, black or white.  Check out the rest of the images below as well as the presser and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Travel back in time with themes for Android Keyboard

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If you have a new device with Android’s stock keyboard or you happened to install the Google Keyboard standalone app on your device, but you thought you liked one of the older style themes, we have some good news for you. Apparently Google never bothered to remove the “theme” code from previous versions of Android as the keyboard app has matured over time and these old themes, and one other, can be accessed with a little work on your part.  » Read the rest

Google’s stock keyboard gets minor update in Play Store, adds long-press numbers for tablets and other bug fixes

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If you’re a fan of Google’s stock Android keyboard that they’ve released in the Play Store, you’re in luck, as it’s getting an update that fixes a few annoyances. It’s not a major update, but if you use the keyboard on your tablet, for instance, you’ll finally be able to long-press the top row of keys as a shortcut to numbers, instead of opening up the alternate keyboard. There’s also some bug fixes and fine-tuning for different languages. If you need the update, hit the links below.

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