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Kii Keyboard Beta Hits Google Play – Gesture Controls, Themes, and More

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Third party keyboards – we can’t get enough of them. As we have seen from past examples, some are much better than others in terms of usability and user adoption. Although, we have seen some that are just downright ridiculous. Kii Keyboard on the other hand, is looking pretty good so far. 

The keyboard brings together some of the more popular features from SwiftKeySwype, and others. For example, the prediction is spot on like SwiftKey’s and of course, there is swipe gesture typing like you see with Swype. It’s really quite functional and it also supports a ton of different language packs, which is perfect for our multi-lingual readers. Hola!

During the beta period, the following features will be enabled for all users.

Main features:

  • Accurate and smart keyboard predictions
  • User defined text shortcuts
  • Extra number key row
  • Extra arrow key row
  • Swiftkey like next word prediction
  • Gesture keyboard control
  • Swype like gesture input
  • Thumb Keyboard like split keyboard layouts
  • Support iOS6 emoji input
  • 8 build-in HD themes
  • Support a variety of themes: Go Keyboard, Better Keyboard, Themeshop Keyboard themes
  • Font and color customization
  • Use any pictures as keyboard background
  • True Multi-touch keyboard
  • Jelly Bean 4.2 keyboard

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No word on when the keyboard will come out of beta, but get it while it’s hot and let us know what you think so far. The gestures could use a tad bit of work, but I think the keyboard does well when bringing together the best features from multiple competitors.

  • http://twitter.com/KaOs2FLo Lam Nguyen

    I was using swiftkey flow but I gave this keyboard a go and man is it better than the stock 4.2. It’s everything in the stock but so much more customization!

  • http://twitter.com/Across113thSt B. Womack

    The emoji support doesn’t seem to work for N4 without being in the Handcent_SMS app. Other than that, it’s great.

  • TheOiulkj

    I use swype because all the other keyboards seem to think that it’s intelligent to disable predictive capabilities when I’m in the play store or browser. Makes no sense to me, just because it’s a URL or the name of an app, doesn’t mean that it isn’t comprised of words.

  • http://www.facebook.com/seth.boman Seth Boman

    SWYPE FTW!

  • interstellarmind

    waiting for these to have stylus input for my Note II

  • Marcus

    Anybody have a link to the right 4.2 keyboard apk that works on the DNA? The one i tried didn’t have emoji

    • Stevedub40

      Did you try using the stock messaging app as well? I think it’s the messaging app that controls the keyboard.

  • Droidzilla

    I’m loving SwiftKey Flow right now, and the stock keyboard on 4.2 is also pretty nice. Flow has better prediction and autocorrection, but the 4.2 keyboard has a better interface. If Google cleans up their autocorrection with swiping (right now it’s very unforgiving of messy swipes) I’ll have no reason to ever leave stock. Speech recognition on stock is uncanny!

    • http://twitter.com/jeffaandrews Jeff Andrews

      Speech recognition isn’t a product of each individual keyboard, so it should be the same on all of them.

      • Droidzilla

        I know Swype, at least, uses their own speech recognition processor.

    • Cowboydroid

      I also noticed that. There is simply no mercy on the 4.2 keyboard for varying slightly off key. Swype wins in this regard.

  • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

    swiftkey flow is way better IMO… i tried Kii and it just couldn’t keep up. will give it another look when its out of beta.

    • Brian Meredith

      Agreed, since I don’t have the pleasure of trying the 4.2 keyboard because I’m still using an old Droid Charge. Swiftkey is still the best keyboard I’ve used.

      • Dr_Buttballs

        The 4.2 keyboard and Flow are pretty much neck and neck on performance. The only reason I prefer Flow is because it has better word prediction.

        • Brian Meredith

          I also like how the predictions get better the more you use it.

    • Dr_Buttballs

      I feel the same, so far nothing has topped Flow for me. I will give Kii credit though, being beta it performed very well. At no point did I personally notice any lag or stutter.

  • droid

    i personally prefer the stock android keyboard over any keyboard replacement. it just works better

    • Ryan Frankenstein

      after playing with most of them…swiftkey flow and swype being the closest…the standard 4.2 keyboard is the best.

      • ddevito

        indeed.

        • Stevedub40

          Agreed as well. I really miss the JB keyboard on my DNA. I’ve tried to use flashable apks, but they don’t seem to work as well as the one I had on my Gnex. It seems really laggy.

      • Cowboydroid

        I switched back to Swype after using the stock 4.2 keyboard. Swype is actually predicting my words more accurately, plus I liked having the list of alternates right there as I type the word or select it, instead of having to go through an extra step to get the right word that it got wrong the first time.

        The 4.2 keyboard still has a lot to gain before it can best Swype. But it does look a hell of a lot better than Swype.