Google Keyboard Updated to Version 3.1.19, Moves Voice Input Key

An update to the official Google Keyboard for Android devices is rolling out on Google Play, which might not bring as much as you would hope. At first, we had our fingers crossed that it included the new Material Design theme that is showcased in the Android L developer preview, but now that we have it loaded up on our phones, we can confirm that version 3.1.19 does not include any Material love.

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Android L Features: Keyboard Switching Now Happens in the Navigation Bar

If you have ever installed a third party keyboard on an Android device, like the new Android L keyboard, then you have probably seen the input menu that appears in the notification area that allows you to change keyboards on the fly. This menu shows as a notification that when tapped, will let you quickly choose a different keyboard than the one you are currently using. Thankfully, this menu only shows when you have activated or tapped inside of an input box. It is a handy shortcut, though probably not the best location for it.

Guess what? It has moved in Android L – for the better too.  (more…)

Android L Developer Preview Keyboard Available on Google Play

Don’t own a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 (2013) but still want to taste some of the Android L Developer Preview? Feel free to start with the keyboard that has been pulled from the preview and repackaged as a stand-alone app that can be installed via Google Play. This is the newly skinned version of the Google Keyboard that I would imagine will see an update for all from Google through Google Play at some point soon any way, but this is your chance to test it now.  (more…)

3rd Party Widgets, Keyboards, and Sharing All Finally Coming to iOS

After reinventing the keyboard with predictive text in iOS 8, and trying its hand at Google Now-like integration and Google Voice, Apple moved on to a new SDK feature that they are calling “Extensions,” today at WWDC. What are extensions? Well, they do a number of things, like enable 3rd party widgets, sharing, and keyboards. Impressive, right?

So those keyboards, like Swype, Swiftkey, or any of the other four-dozen keyboards on Android that you all have had available for years, could potentially make their way to Apple, so that you could avoid using that impossible-to-type-on Apple ‘board. Apple enthusiasts should be throwing the biggest party in history, just for that announcement alone. (more…)

Apple Copies Every Android Keyboard on Earth, Introduces QuickType Predictive Text

Hey, WWDC is happening (our live blog is here) and we are beginning our list of things that Apple has invented in the new version of their mobile operating system, iOS 8. If you didn’t catch the sarcasm in that line, what I really mean is, a list of features that have been on Android for years that Apple is just now getting to.

First up, QuickType, a feature added to Apple’s keyboard. What does QuickType do? It predicts what you want to type by showing you suggestions. Think Swiftkey, Google Keyboard, Swype, and every other keyboard introduced on Android since, I don’t know, 2011?

More reinventions on the way.  (more…)

SwiftKey Update Brings Google+, Evernote Personalization

If you use SwiftKey and are as horrible a touch typist as I am, you’ll be extremely pleased to hear that the makers of the venerable third-party keyboard for Android are rolling out features to improve typing predictions and autocorrect.

Updated personalization options within SwiftKey version 4.4.5 allow the app to collect typographical data from Google+ public posts and Evernote archives, much in the same way as Google’s most recent Keyboard release. The app goes one step further for owners of iOS devices; if you have SwiftKey Note connected to Evernote, the app will now also glean typographical information from that. (more…)

Fleksy Keyboard Updated to Version 2.0, Brings Cloud Personalization and New Badge System

An update to version 2.0 for the Fleksy keyboard will bring rewards in the form of badges for those of you who have conquered the learning curve found in the keyboard. Fleksy takes a couple of days to really get down, with its gestures, as well as the ability to type with an “invisible” keyboard.

To award users who have mastered gestures and invisibility, badges are awarded, which you can tote around showing off to all of your friends. (more…)