Earlier today, Google decided that you needed to ditch the keyboard and get back to handwriting messages to friends and family. No, this is not a 2-week late April Fools’ joke from the company that dominates April 1. This is a real deal app that clearly took some work to get right.
The app is called Google Handwriting Input, and it’s actually pretty neat. You can handwrite in 82 different languages and watch as Google places them as words in a message field for sending or searching or whatever. They even included emoji drawing-support, so you can draw a unicorn or a sun or a simple smiley face. It’s also pretty good at reading the scratchiest of chicken scratch.
Give a shot. (more…)
An update is available for the Swype keyboard, bringing lots of bug fixes, as well as new features. New features include intuitive emoji support in 8 languages, three new free themes, and a floating keyboard which can be moved to wherever you may need it. (more…)
Announced this morning, OnePlus is partnering up with SwiftKey, the makers of the highly popular third party keyboard, bringing the app preinstalled on the next round of OTA updates to One owners.
With the integration of the SwiftKey keyboard app right into CyanogenMod 11S, users will no longer need to head into Google Play to download it, and can simply turn it on from the Settings menu. (more…)
Fleksy received a big update this morning through Google Play for Android devices, one which brings a huge list of new features, as well as fixes and optimizations for all of you custom keyboard lovers.
To kick it off, Fleksy introduced Extensions, which is a fancy name to call all of their new features. For starters, a GIF Keyboard has been built in, which allows you to insert GIFs in the place of text or emojis the next time you want to send a message. Not only is there a GIF Keyboard, but Fleksy has added in 14 new themes, including a few Hunger Games and Frozen themed skins. Most notably, a new Chameleon theme will change the color of the keyboard to match the application you are running. (more…)
Admit it: ever since the notes of Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” caressed your eardrums, you’ve been yearning for a virtual keyboard branded with designs inspired by Disney’s Frozen. Right? Well, you’re in luck, because that’s what SwiftKey unveiled this morning.
Six skins separately featuring popular characters from the film – Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf, if those names mean anything to you – are now available for purchase. They retail individually for $1.99, or in a pack for $4.99. (more…)
The Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is the first official accessory available for Google’s new tablet. It’s also more than likely going to be the most expensive. At $129, this Bluetooth-connected keyboard-case-combo is going to be tough for most to justify buying without any knowledge of its capabilities, quality, etc., so we went ahead and took the plunge for you, just like we do with almost all of the important Nexus accessories.
To kick off our coverage of the Keyboard Folio, we wanted to first put together an overview/first look and tour of the device, so that we are all on the same page and know exactly what we are dealing with here. This is also a chance for us to share initial impressions, many of which tend to stick through to the end of a review cycle. (more…)
Look! The HTC Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is finally available for purchase on Google Play! At $129, it certainly isn’t cheap, but it does attach magnetically and wirelessly to your tablet, so that its mechanical keys can let you “type with confidence.” It also lasts for up to five months on a single charge, which is kind of neat, and it should offer some sort of screen protection.
But dat price doe.
Any takers? We ordered one, as we almost always do with Nexus accessories, so we’ll report back shortly with our thoughts. (more…)
Add Swiftkey to the list of players participating in this year’s Black Friday weekend. Starting today at 9AM Pacific, the popular keyboard that recently received a major performance improving update, will see discounts in its theme store by up to 66% for US consumers, which means a drop for all themes from $2.99 to $0.99.
You will find packs like the Premier pack (10 themes), Minimal pack (5 themes), and the newly introduced Material pack (5 themes) all a part of the weekend deals.
If you are outside of the US, Swiftkey is also discounting theme packs by 50% for a limited time. (more…)