Yesterday Google unveiled a new way to access Google Translate that did not require constant app switching using a new feature called Tap to Translate. Today they are revealing a new feature that works in a similar manner to super power search inquiries. Instead of a chat head type interface, access is embedded in the new Google keyboard called Gboard. Inexplicably, Google decided to release this only for the iPhone at this time. Read more
BlackBerry is always working to improve user experiences for Priv owners. Yesterday, BlackBerry updated several of their applications on the Play Store.
A few years ago the ability to flow your finger across a smartphone keyboard, instead of tapping on individual letters, was a novelty. Today this feature is much more run of the mill and with operating systems other than Android starting to support a feature like this there is some increased competition. Existing market players may be looking at competition from Microsoft in the near future as the tech giant appears to be working on porting their Word Flow keyboard to other operating systems, including Android. Read more
If you picked up a cheap new phone for Black Friday, you’re probably going to want to get some new apps and things to customize your phone with, too. To help you out, SwiftKey is running a special by marking down themes for their fantastic keyboard by up to 50%, and they’ve introduced a few new bundles to get several themes for cheap prices. Read more
SwiftKey, one of the best replacement keyboards around, now has another keyboard for people to tap away on. But this one uses what the company calls an “artificial neural network.” SwiftKey Neural uses artificial intelligence that is actually based on the human brain. So this keyboard will make word suggestions within the context of a sentence. It has been designed to go through a massive amount of language data and understand the relationship between words.
This type of technology is normally limited to servers, but SwiftKey seems to have found a use for it on mobile devices. SwiftKey does admit that this is a huge challenge on mobile devices due to limited resources.
SwiftKey Neural is currently available through SwiftKey’s Greenhouse for devices running Android 4.4 KitKat and above.
Swype, the keyboard that kicked off gesture-based typing on a touch keyboard, will be getting some new tricks to make typing on your smartphone a little more enjoyable.
The keyboard from Nuance is getting 19 Star Trek keyboard themes featuring many characters that will be available as in-app purchases. The themes span the original Star Trek series and The Next Generation, so there should be something for just about any fan. Read more
Samsung has just had their Unpacked event where they released two new phones, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. However, one more item they announced was a new physical keyboard accessory. Read more
The keyboard on your device is probably one of the most used apps on your phone whether or not you realize it. Unless you’re the kind of person to use a ton of voice dictation, you probably tap out tons and tons of words each day through messaging, web browsing, looking up YouTube videos, and anything and everything in between. Having a good keyboard can make your smartphone experience significantly better, but using a bad keyboard can ruin the whole thing.
From minor glitches to lack of features to bad autocorrection and word prediction, we’ve all seen some poor keyboards that take the fun out of using your device. Now we’ll go over the best keyboard replacement apps that you can find in the Play Store.
Earlier today, a massive security exploit involving Samsung’s default SwiftKey keyboard spread across the internet like wildfire showing the dangers of manufacturers pre-loading third-party software on their phones. The vulnerability was pretty obscure and wouldn’t affect everyone with a Samsung device, but it was still a fairly serious exploit Fortunately, Samsung has issued a relatively quick response about the whole situation.
Samsung has stated that they’re working on a fix, and it will be deployed through a security policy update via Knox. The vulnerability was based in how language packs for Samsung’s SwiftKey-backed keyboard were updated, and doesn’t affect the normal version of SwiftKey that you may have downloaded through the Play Store. Read more
Sony’s Xperia Z4 Tablet may only become available from June 29th in the UK, thanks to another delay, but there are some signs at least that it will happen, at some point. This sliver of hope is derived from the listing of a couple of accessories for the tablet on Sony’s website.