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
Last month, SwiftKey set up a brand new scheme entitled Greenhouse which it’s using as a platform to release experimental apps to the public for them to test and provide feedback on. Today’s the day the second application was introduced as part of the initiative, and it’s a shiny new Android launcher called Hexy.
There is a new keyboard in town, but it comes from a familiar source. Today, SwiftKey announced Greenhouse as an experimental hub for the developer to plant and grow new ideas. The developer says that Greenhouse manages ideas that are not yet ready for primetime by seeing how users interact with software. SwiftKey Greenhouse is basically another way to say ‘beta’. The first experiment to be released under the Greenhouse name is Clarity Keyboard.
Sometimes a settings menu can be somewhat of a mess. Just look at the original settings menu on the Galaxy S4 if you want an example. Well SwiftKey in its effort to make its app as painless as possible to use, is introducing a “totally re-imagined” settings and content menu. The new menu also comes with a shiny new name.
Bringing together custom keyboards and password storage can be a beautiful thing for mobile devices. Every site requiring credentials from a person can be completed with the same app that they type daily with. It looks like that perfect match is becoming a reality as a partnership between SwiftKey and Dashlane is expected to be announced shortly.
On Sunday, college basketball programs throughout the United States will find out whether or not they will be playing in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. Fans, too, will be awaiting the results of Selection Sunday as they need to plan out their March Madness schedule. For extra support, fans of select teams can have their keyboard reflect their allegiance. SwiftKey, one of the most popular keyboard apps available, has launched new themes for nine of the teams that are essentially guaranteed to be entering the Big Dance.
It today’s bloatware news, OnePlus One has partnered with SwiftKey and plans on including the popular keyboard replacement with CyanogenMod 11S as part of the next over-the-air (OTA) update. Yes, this is considered bloatware, but at least they picked a decent app. SwiftKey is by far the best third party keyboard available today, and the good news is that you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to.
If you think deciding between typing letters and swiping between letters is big deal on English keyboards used on smartphones, imagine if you had to add in options to use a third or fourth method to produce the typed script you intended. That is what some Asian smartphone users face if they want to use Chinese Pinyin, Zhuyin or Cangjie to produce Chinese script. In response to that, Swiftkey has recently completed beta testing their app for the Chinese language and has released an update to support Chinese. Read more
For the first time in forever, SwiftKey is offering branded keyboard themes. And based on market research that must have demonstrated that the bulk of SwiftKey users are young girls, the first themes to hit the market will be for Disney’s animated juggernaut Frozen. (Or it’s also likely that Disney Consumer Products dangled the metaphorical carrot in front of SwiftKey product developers.)