Ginger Keyboard debuts in-keyboard games and news headlines

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As we saw with its Smart Bar feature, Ginger Keyboard promotes productivity even when users are not actually typing. The latest update, however, covers a bit of entertainment in the form of games and news. Now, Ginger Keyboard houses games and headlines without redirecting users to another app. Both retro and newer games such as Snake and 2048 are available for gaming anywhere. When seeking news headlines, Ginger Keyboard offers content from WiredBloomberg, ESPN, and FOX News. The developer explains that this new ‘Entertain’ feature allows users to stay engaged in any app while being able to have some fun and stay informed.

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Fleksy Keyboard bundled with Samsung Galaxy S6

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Fleksy Keyboard, one of the most popular replacement keyboards available, will be included by Samsung as a free gift to buyers of the Galaxy S6. Alongside other apps and services, Fleksy Keyboard will be packaged inside Samsung’s Galaxy Gifts. The value of Fleksy Keyboard being bundled with the Galaxy S6 is $10 because of the premium themes.

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Ginger Keyboard launches new Smart Bar feature for quick access to favorite apps

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There are many replacement keyboards available through the Play Store that allow for a truly custom experience. Some are only visually pleasing and lack any unique features that enhance the keyboard. Today, an update has arrived for Ginger Keyboard that brings with it the launch of Smart Bar, an intuitive way for quick access to favorite apps. Smart Bar focuses on productivity by offering actions before even launching an app.

Ginger Keyboard’s Smart Bar starts out with a generic set of icons being displayed: Ginger, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, and Search. Tapping on any of these will prompt users to select either Ginger’s embedded services or ones that are already installed on their devices. For example, selecting the Tasks icon will offer Ginger’s notes or Google Keep. Ginger Keyboard cares more about a user’s productivity than the use of its embedded services.

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IKEA Emoticons brings kindness to the keyboard no matter the message

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To IKEA, customers should live comfortably with its furniture and communicate effectively with others. Oh, you didn’t know about the second part? The Swedish company released a keyboard packed with kind emoticons for Android (and iOS) devices. The IKEA Emoticons app is all about sending a message in the most productive way. The emoticons will “bring a smile to your loved ones faces” because of just how impossible it is to be offended by them.


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Fleksy gets update, moving beyond the keyboard

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Fleksy, one of the more popular keyboard replacements out there as indicated by the 3 million downloads they have had over the past year, announced a major update today. According to Fleksy, although at its heart the app is a keyboard replacement, the company believes users should not have to switch back and forth between apps to do things that can be done via the keyboard.
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Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio now on sale in Google Play Store

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If you are hoping to grab a Nexus 9 for $100 less than the regular price thanks to the trade-in deal Best Buy is running you have a new way to spend those savings. The Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is now on sale on the Google Play Store site with an indication that it is in stock and ready to ship in 1-2 days. You will use that $100 credit and then some as the case runs $129.
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SwiftKey theme packs are up to 66% off for Black Friday weekend

swiftkey saleTo kick off Black Friday and the shopping holiday season, SwiftKey has started a sale on keyboard themes in their theme store. The individual themes aren’t marked down, but you can pick up entire theme packs up to 66% off, which is a great deal.

These theme packs are only available on Android, so be sure to pick up a few to show your iOS friends that some Android apps still have some pretty cool exclusive stuff.

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SwiftKey introduces two new Material Design keyboard skins

swiftkey material designSwiftKey is one of the best third-party keyboards available for Android. The app recently went completely free and is now selling themes to support itself instead of having customers pay several bucks for the keyboard up front. The good part about that model is that SwiftKey occasionally adds new keyboard skins to the SwiftKey store.

The latest two entries are focused on Google’s new Material Design standard. These themes take the Material Design aesthetic and blend it with SwiftKey’s own personal look, and the results are pretty great. The themes come in both a light and dark flavor and are available for $0.99 each.
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