Over a year ago, we covered some of the best available replacement keyboards for Android devices. Many of those keyboards are still fantastic options, but they’ve been updated to include great new features, and other keyboards have hit the Play Store that are just a little better than what was available a year ago. Keyboards are still just as important as always, so we’re going to give you an up-to-date guide on the best of what’s available.
Keyboards are important. They’re easily the most used application on your Android phone, so having one you actually like can go a long way towards enjoying your phone. Sometimes, you’ll get stuck with an OEM keyboard that you don’t really care for; that’s where this guide comes in. We’ll go over all the best keyboard replacements for your device to help you pick one the right one for you.
Swype is easily one of the biggest alternative keyboards for Android, right next to SwiftKey. It even comes preloaded on several devices out of the box, like many Samsung phones. Swype didn’t reach that popularity without making some pretty incredible innovations, of course, and it looks like they’re trying to outdo themselves again. The latest beta of Swype offers a new feature called “Living Language.” This feature analyzes the words you text and type and tries to predict your next word based on that analysis. Sounds a little like SwiftKey, right? Well, here’s the other awesome part; this feature is going to track trending words based on the location you’re typing those words. “Packers” would probably have been a pretty hot topic this past weekend in Wisconsin, for instance, so SwiftKey would be able to make some better predictions based on that trend. Pretty impressive. Hit the break below to check out the press release, and don’t forget to check out our CES 2013 coverage this week for the rest of the cool stuff.
Swype has issued an update to its beta keyboard software which adds several new features and enhancements over the previous version. Users can now sync their personal dictionaries across multiple different devices, eliminating the need to re-teach abbreviations or names to each device. In an attempt to cash in on social features, Swype is introducing “hotwords”, a new addition which adds globally trending words to your dictionary.
Also new, is a smaller, more convenient split keyboard for tablet users. Customization serves as a main focus in the newest version of the keyboard too, with the company now allowing users to choose between ten unique keyboard themes. Add this to the plethora of backend overhauls and enhanced support for Japanese and Chinese users, and the new iteration is definitely the one of the best option on the market. Now, if only it we’re actually available on the Play Store.
Source: The Verge
One of the best keyboard alternatives in the game has just gotten a substantial update. The biggest item on its agenda was the addition of word prediction— and Swype has successfully achieved that. Swype has included something called Next Word Prediction which you guessed it: gets smarter based off a user’s historical usage. This technology is based off Nuance’s own XT9 standard and adapts to how a user communicates. In addition, Swype has included a new voice-text dictionary sync which allows you to add both text and speech to an internal database— which further helps with users being able to communicate better with others. Some of the other tidbits featured in the new update include the ability to download over 55 languages and a brand-spankin’ new 4-in-1 keyboard, which includes the ability to allow users to type words by drawing letters and numbers using their fingertips.
The new version is available as a beta now, so interested parties will want to hit the source link in order to test out the new updates, but first you’ll want to hit past the break and check out the full presser.
Are you a fan of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Nexus and popular 3rd party keyboard Swype? Well it’s time to celebrate as they’re about to become a match made in heaven. We brought you news last week that the developers over at Swype were working hard on an ICS update before the end of the month and they’ve delivered on that promise.
With so many top notch, 3rd party keyboards available in the Android Market, Swype’s incompatibility with ICS hadn’t gone unnoticed. The clever folks over at XDA managed to tide us over when they delivered a working, hacked version as an early Christmas present but it’s always nice to pick up the real deal.
If you’re already registered with Swype then you can head on over to their website to download the new Beta. For those of you who haven’t tried it, (you really should!) the Beta is currently open so click the link below and get registering to see what all the fuss about.
On February 1st, a couple of tweets from the developers of Swype confirmed that we will have an update to their popular keyboard within the next few days. Responding to another Tweet, the Swype team promised that the update would be for devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, plus some mysterious “goodies”. There has been an unofficial hacked version of Swype for more than a month, so we’re looking forward to having the real deal updated. If you’d like to be a beta tester, be sure to register for the update at forum.swype.com. Otherwise, wait for the OTA update.
The best keyboard app in the game is about to take a major leap for 2012. Swype has announced on Twitter they will be unveiling the beta release of the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Swype by the end of the month:
“Good news! Official ICS support is near. Final tweaks and testing should be done in time for an anticipated end-of-month beta update.”
Yes folks, the real version is on its way. Sure someone was crafty enough to get Swype working on ICS devices before, but something about having the real thing just puts us at ease. Ice Cream Sandwich suddenly looks even more appealing now that there’s an official version of Swype on its way.
[via Swype Twitter]
Any Galaxy Nexus owners out there that have been waiting for Swype to work on ICS? Well, thanks to XDA member theb1rdm4n, Swype has been modified to work on the Galaxy Nexus. This is why we all love Android and give applause to all the devs like theb1rdm4n that help make our devices great. Hit up the break to see Swype running on the GN as well as a link to download the .apk. Just make sure you have Unknown Sources checked off under Security before installing.