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Noticing Lag in the Ice Cream Sandwich Keyboard in Landscape Mode? (Updated: With Fix)


Landscape typers, how has your life been with Ice Cream Sandwich? One of our readers sent over a tip last night suggesting that there is a massive lag issue if you type more than a sentence or two with your phone cocked sideways. After testing (as you will see in the video above), we would tend to agree that there is most definitely some sort of issue going on. Through the first 30 seconds or so, all is well other than my poor typing skills. But then around the 32 second mark, you get to see the lag in all of its glory. I think at one point, you can even catch a lonely “G” hanging on the screen for 3-4 seconds even though I had typed out a full 2 words.

What can you do to fix it? Well, we can sit back and wait for Google to. You could also switch keyboards to one of your favorites, like Swiftkey or Swype. In the comments, we also had someone suggest that ROM developers are fixing this already. So you have options – it’s not the end of the world.

Update:  Thanks to read T4rd, we have a fix. Well, it seemed to fix the issue immediately on my phone that is.

Head into Settings>Language & input> and uncheck the box for “Spelling correction.”

This seems to have taken care of the problem. And don’t worry about this turning off auto-correction, there are separate auto-correction settings in the actual keyboard settings that remain active. This could turn off Android’s ability to spell check and underline words in red though. So in order to reduce lag, you would be disabling a feature.

Experiencing similar issues?

Cheers AMyrick!

  • anonymous

    It’s true this was happening to me and I found this page for the correction of the problem, so it’s not imagined it’s real!

  • parsonbrown11

    This phone is a major disappointment. It’s not just the landscape but plethora of bugs and design flaws:
    The mail app blurs anything larger than normal font.
    SMS crashes , SMS loses timestamps after a few hours.
    Phone crashes and restarts often.
    Phone system volumes change on their own, usually with alerts getting lower in volume all the time.
    There is no master set of tones like low, medium, normal, loud, vibrate, that can be set at once from a queue.
    The phone makes tones when touching the ear.
    The phone doesn’t downshift to 3G as often needed.
    The email app can’t fully delete anything. The email app doesn’t allow anything to be removed from the trash.
    When ever a hyphen is used in a email. The recipient receives a jumble of apos text, this is bug known to google for two years dating to honeycomb.
    Their are 30 more gripes.
    I want my money back, l

  • Gijoevaldez

    Right on! but in my case if F**ked up and bought it. Its the worst mistake I’ve made. My work issues us a Nextel from the 80’s that works better then this piece of crap!!! really the battery life is like 4 hours, and I haven’t been able to type at all with out sounding like a baboon. I regret it! don’t buy it! stay a way from it! 

    I’ve tried a great deal of keyboards with out any luck. Nothing they tell you to do works. 

  • Anonymous

    No idea what u are talking about… other than this bug the phone is silkkkkky smootg.. and for how much additional features it has beyond my iphones capabilities its really remarkable how great a job they did with with ICS.. something must have been seriously wrong because i can have live wallpapers on a launcher full of widgets and fly around without so much a hiccup.. if u need proof ill gladly oblige

  • Anonymous

    I’m not having any issues with landscape mode or the radio issue. I do prefer to use portrait mode for the reason of seeing the convo while i’m typing. That’s the only thing i miss about my Storm.

  • Noticed this since the first day, was one of the reasons I didn’t want to give up a physical keyboard. 

    I wouldn’t exactly call this a FIX.  In fact, I wouldn’t call this a fix one friggin bit…

  • Anonymous

    Just looked at the changelog for Android 4.0.3 on the G-Nex, and it says they did some changes to the spell check/correction system, hint hint?

  • Anonymous

    Ha! I think the laggy typers are imagining things just like us poor signal receivers!

  • Anonymous


  • Cmonnats23

    Thank the lord someone is finally adressing this! I type landscape all the time and my gnex is so painfully laggy that i eventually just gave up and type portrait most of the time. This the one thing i hate about the phone. I want to fix it by simply turning auto correction off but i use the red underline so damn much. This needs to be fixed. Please google! Please!

  • Anonymous

    I have zero lag…

    • They you aren’t a fast enough typer to experience the problem more than likely…

  • Definitely an improvement. I can blaze a trail in landscape mode and the keyboard was WAAAAY behind what I was typing. It always did catch up and never missed a keystroke in the end. Turning off spelling correction has allowed the keyboard to keep pace better in immediate testing, but it is still about half a second behind if I’m really going after it. No big deal to me.

  • Wilm8008is

    Auto rotate lags HARD. Its real bad when switching from portrait to landscape. Its a little bit better with videos but there is still a noticeable lag

  • Jerry Lange

    I only type in landscape when I have to type a long message. I can type pretty fast in portrait mode but I can type faster in landscape. The lag is somewhat annoying, but just keep typing and in the end it catches up every last button you pressed. This is very impressive compared to my “HTC TouchPro2” using the hardware keyboard it would miss a couple buttons here and there but an all touch screen that lags but still captures every button… VERY impressive!

  • Anonymous

    Same trick worked on the Droid X when GB wonked the keyboard. One of the firstr things I disabled…I HATE spell correction. Why have both auto correct AND the suggestions?

  • ASheepHerder

    Fix?  how funny u are.

  • Anonymous

    The GNex is a little too wide to type one handed in portrait mode and not wide enough for two-handed portrait typing.  I was just noticing this earlier this morning.  I was in some cases about 5 words ahead!

  • Anonymous

    I DID experience this issue. Then I updated to one of the 4.0.3 ROMs and haven’t seen it since. Looks like the (real) fix was already pushed out(to some phones at least)

  • shdowman

    Was wondering about this. Even though I dont feel the haptic, I keep going. It does catch up eventually, but sever lag. I’ll try this fix. 🙂


    Edit: MUCH BETTER!!!

  • tdizzle

    I disabled the Spelling Correction but I still get the red lines under the words. And it still offers alternate words to replace the mispelled one. So I’m note sure what spelling correction does. Would be great if someone found out.

  • Anonymous

    WOW!  I just realized that the way I was holding the phone was obstructing the mic.  Dictation works flawlessly now!

    I’m a freakin’ idiot! LOL

    • Ed

      I had the same problem only when I tried voice actions i was like what the heck until i realized my hand covering the mic about 30 minutes later…

  • Anonymous

    Enough with the “I can’t believe you’re using XXXXXX keyboard! YYYYYY keyboard is the BESTEST!!” already.  Use the keyboard that suits you best and STFU!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe that disables the “BlindType” functionality, while still retaining the default android auto-correct?

  • fixed the issue for me, thanks for the fix!  

  • Anonymous

    Nice!  I’ve had none of the problems with battery, reception, etc., but I have totally been having this keyboard issue.  I tried unchecking Spelling Correction and it fixed the problem.  Glad to hear the fix is so simple!  I have Swiftkey, but I’d really prefer to stay with the stock keyboard.

    +1,000 Droid Life

  • Maybe spelling correction might be the thing that underlines words in red allowing you to edit? Could be wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I believe the spelling correction option is what puts red lines underneath words that the keyboard thinks you’ve spelled wrong (when you don’t auto-correct words).

  • I experienced a really bad lag while typing in landscape on stock galaxy nexus. However, I just unlocked/rooted and flashed peter alfonso’s most recent 4.0.3 nightly and the lag is gone.

    • Anonymous

      Does 4.0.3 include any kind of fix for the color saturation issues?  My screen turns anything that’s grey into a barney purple when the brightness drops below 50%.

  • tdizzle

    Yep, huge problem with lag on the landscape keyboard. Notices it the first day I got it. I’m sure a software fix will remedy that. 

  • I always used landscape to type, but even with my fat fingers, portrait typing w/ Gnex is so unbelievably fast. For whatever reason, the haptic feedback makes it feel like I’m actually pressing buttons. 

  • Jorgeluisvc

    i dont have any lag on mine … my verizon galaxy nexus is best phone i ever had..

    • tdizzle

      Hows your battery life. I use mine a lot and can barely make it to the end of my work day. 

  • Interstellarmind

    What? No Thumb Keyboard love? Best keyboard available from a customization stand point.

    Though, I will be waiting for an update and not replacing. I love Android keyboard’s auto-correction features.

  • Andrew Bates

    I have this issue… pretty annoying.

  • Anonymous

    This issue was mentioned on Android Forums. There’s a “remedy” for this but I wouldn’t call it a “fix” basically uncheck Spelling Correction to fix the problem. But I trust Google will truly fix this so we can enable spelling correction again. Check it out below.

  • tjmonkey15

    Just another reason I’m using Thumb Keyboard instead.  I LOVE it!!

  • Traviesonyc

    The camera is on my nexus does not cover the entire screen, there is a gray line at the top of the screen.
    Anyone else experiencing the same thing?

    • Anonymous

      I just checked for you, and I do not have a grey line along the top. I tried holding the phone both portrait and landscape. No grey lines.
      The VZW rep that sold me my GNex said there is a 1yr warranty. If you rooted, I would unroot and go get a new one 🙂

  • OG Droid

    I’m noticing the Android O/S being really high and draining my battery. Please someone tell me there is a fix coming (update).

  • Anonymous

    the phone is too big to type on landscape…

  • Phil Whittemore

    After flashing a 4.0.3 rom, This lag has completely disappear for me. Was very annoying in 4.0.2

    • Haproot

       Same here, loaded AOSP 4.0.3 and lag is completely gone.  It was soooo annoying.

  • T4rd


    Go to settings > Language & Input > *Disable “Spelling correction”* (first option at the top under “Language”)

    Even though you disable this, the keyboard will still do spelling correction because there’s more Auto Correct options in the keyboard settings.  So if you leave them enabled, you won’t miss anything.  I’m not sure what the “spelling correction” does under “Language”.

    • Anonymous

      +1 Sir – this does improve it

    • You sir, are full of win. This completely fixed it.

      • T4rd

        Happy to oblige =).

        Left the same comment on the youtube vid too (alias: sugonmaballs, lolz) ;-).

      • Also, turning off “popup on keypress” gets rid of the lag, and you get to keep spelling correction. I find the popups annoying anyway.

    • Interstellarmind

      Doing this will disable ICS’s feature that automatically spell checks what you’re typing. If left enabled, if there’s a spelling error that auto-correction missed it’ll be highlighted red. You can then delete the word, add it to dictionary, or replace it by clicking on it. Disabling the above mentioned feature disables this service.

      • Updated the post with some of theses deets.

    • Anonymous

      Much kudos to you, good sir.  This worked like a charm!

  • David Hussey

    I’m a portrait two-thumb typist (which is plenty possible on the GNex’s large screen), but when I just tried landscape, it does indeed become laggy quite quickly.

  • I am having no such issues with my phone. I never use landscape, but I just tested it by typing for 5 minutes straight. There was absolutely no lag. Also, this phone is way too big to type in landscape, my hands hurt from it now.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah same here

  • Woo hoo… Go me… It’s REALLY bad.. try doing it and you’ll see how bad it is..

  • Definitely a lag. Good thing I use SwiftKey and never type in landscape. 

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I have the same lag in landscape after writing about 15 words.

  • Anonymous

    I noticed it too, but it seems intermittent, sometimes landscape typing will be fine, other times it will lag ridiculously. I’m using Swiftkey X for now to try and avoid it and so far so good.  Hopefully this gets fixed soon.

    It’s funny, we all were raging at Verizon for holding this phone back, but it definitely seems like it could have used a little more software development time…

  • MFG

    Swiftkey X.

    • Anonymous

      they need a theme that more closely matches the rest of ICS. 

      …OCD I know.

      • Anonymous

        No OCD – I agree. The whole OS needs to match. Ironically, I never cared before the GNex

        • EC8CH

          That’s why Pulse is even more awesome on an ICS phone… blends right in 🙂

  • Anonymous

    same here

  • Lawrence Hart

    Mine lags just like the vid. It also lags when rotating to lanscape.

  • Anonymous

    Also rotating into landscape in the apps is slow.

  • yep, same thing here

  • Is this on 4.0.3? I’m still on 4.0.1 (a ROM on my HTC Sensation) and I have this lag.

  • DroidzFX

    Your typing wrong.

    • you mad bro?

    • Anonymous

      You’re spelling wrong :p

      • DroidzFX

        just ruin the comment why dont ya

  • Anonymous

    yes, just tried it – I get lag as well. Will prob be fixed soon enough though. I’m more concerned about the multi-touch bug (hold your finger on the top right corner then touch the lower left hand corner – nothing will register). Also appears to be a software issue – fixable.

  • Who types in landscape?? Portrait one-handed all the way… I need my other hand to drive with.

    • KevinC

      damn straight kemosabe

    • Keith Sumner

      So you’re one of THOSE a$$holes.

      : /

      • KevinC

        i guess the word ‘joke’ isn’t part of your vocabulary

      • Anonymous

        Hey I can drive with my knees while typing with both hands. I can even eat a Big Mac while yelling at the family to shut up while I text.

      • Yes. I actually use the voice dictation, though.

      • Tre

        Good thing his Disqus account isn’t linked to his Facebook (which has his photos and personal info). Else, his local authority would be calling him soon… o_O

    • Anonymous

      Typing in landscape mode is much quicker IMO. The keys are larger so there is less room for error and having to backspace.

      • I dislike not being able to see the conversation when I’m typing in landscape though. Personal pref.

        • Anonymous

          Landscape just feels more fluid versus tapping at individual letters in portrait. I guess if you can only use one hand your options are limited. I never text when I drive, to me it’s not worth dying to send a text.

          • Agreed sir…

          • True. That’s why I use Swype lol

          • Yep, car mount as close to the steering wheel as I can get it, swype one word at a time between watching the road. 

          • much easier while driving compared to regular push-qwerty. also soooo much easier while intoxicated, i swear i feel like swype is a 6th sense when im drinking! (just dont mix any of the three in any way i didnt already bring up lol)

          • Anonymous

            I agree with you for once.  Landscape texting is much better than portrait.

          • Anonymous

            Did you reply before or after you flagged my comment?

          • Anonymous

            lol I was kidding before, I don’t report anyone.

        • Anonymous

          exactly, especially if another message arrives before you finish typing the one you’re working on. Also because the Nexus is thin on top, thick on bottom it feels a little awkward/uneven in landscape. I do it sometimes, but not as much as on my X.

          • Anonymous

            you disagreed with me? Shocker.

          • doittoit

            The X is thin at the bottom and thick on top.  Why don’t you just try rotating the phone the other way?  The KB will rotate that way too.

          • Anonymous

            well for me at least, I always held the X beyond the hump so both middle fingers are on the same plane, so it felt flat. It’s not a big deal on the nexus, but for some reason it feels more comfy in portrait mode (almost kinda BB-ish). Hey we’re all different.

        • babadush

          I’m with you on this. The screen is so big i can type pretty fast with two hands in portrait

      • Using ICS kb and Swiftkey i still type faster portrait.. just more comfortable for me

      • Anonymous

        Honestly, I’ve found that the screen is so huge on the G-Nex that I can type comfortably with 2 hands in portrait.  In landscape I have to do some reaching.  I’m coming from the tiny OG Droid though so maybe I’m just not used to it.

      • eddieonofre

        typing with a t9 style keyboard is much faster when one handed. I don’t own a gnexus so I don’t know if it has a t9 style keyboard (it should)

        That is why I purchased a good t9 keyboard

    • this guy……..

    • Vijax

      You can type landscape while driving. I’m doing it right now.

    • Anonymous

      Wife sent this to me and I read it while I was driving..

      • Would be funny if a zombie that is its own father show’d up if you texted

  • Unexpected62

    Oh so its landscape mode. People who use Kik Messenger have complained the latest update really introduced typing lag, but that sounds like a different issue.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been having this issue since I got it.  It still types out everything, not like it misses words, but it’s frustrating that it lags so much

  • Ajkahlon

    I dont know about landscape, but the twitter app is agonizing to use.

    • John

      TweetDark(TweetDeck) ftw

      • Ajkahlon

        Does it work well with ics?

        • John

          By far the best and most stable Twitter client I have used. Yes works fine for ics

          • McMex

            Tweakdeck has worked far smoother for me on ICS than TweetDark. When i was using TweetDark and wanted to add a pic or select a user the options would be missing. 


          • John

            Strange. I haven’t had issues with it. 

    • a little better if you turn on hardware acceleration in settings under developer option

    • I’m using twicca at the moment because the native Twitter app is ugly and laggy. I tried twicca probably 6 months ago on my X and found it to be buggy/laggy, but I figured it’d had time to mature and so far it’s proving me right. To me, it looks way better than anything else out there.

  • I saw the same thing on day one of my G-Nex and immediately switched back to the old faithful Switkey X that served me well the last 9 months on my Droid X.

    • Anonymous

      I did the same thing

    • Most likely going to go back to Swiftkey X, but am trying the Swype that just came out today first.  The keyboard is not as good as I thought it was.

    • babadush

      I always used swiftkey. The android keyboard always seemed inefficient to me. Having to press shift every time for a question mark always bothered me

      • Just type a space and the punctuation marks appear in the quick bar at the top of the keyboard. Tap on ? and you are good to go. 

  • Anonymous

    Someone fixed this with a rom already, I’ll edit with the link. 

  • gregmr

    I was shocked to find the same results on my GNex

  • Jerry Lange

    YES. there is lag there, but BUT if you can type good just keep typing…. it will catch up and then you can check spelling after. 

  • Yeah, but that’s easily fixable with a s/w update.  Not worried.  Most of the time I use dictation anyways.

    • Definitely fixable.

    • Anonymous

      Dictation is pretty bad ass.

      • Anonymous

        Mine has not been very accurate.  And it doesn’t seem to update in real time like I saw in the demos.  Kinda disappointing.