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…)

Swiftkey Gets Festive, Introduces Holiday “Ice” Theme With Falling Snowflakes During Flow

Swiftkey introduced us to a new beta last week that included two highly requested features: over 500 emoji and an optional number key. Today, they are taking care of their paid fans through Google Play by pushing out update v4.4. In v4.4, the highlight is a new “Ice” theme that arrives just in time for the holidays. When active, the theme will create a snowstorm as your Flow through words or simply drop a snowflake as you thumb tap away. So merry.  (more…)

Google Keyboard Update Brings Back the Blue Color Scheme in Theme Changer

Haters of white, Kit Kat themed keyboards, the blue is back. In an update to the official Google Keyboard, a theme switcher has been introduced that will take you from 4.4-white to Jelly Bean-blue in a matter of taps. There are also some bug fixes tossed into this update, but the big deal here is the color battle. Seriously, that’s all there is to it.

The update is rolling out now, though potentially as a staged rollout, so the .apk file can be had below.  (more…)

Swype Update Introduces New Keyboard Layouts and Adjustments, New Theme, and More

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Swype, one of the pioneers in the gesture typing arena for Android, introduced their latest update this morning along with a handful of new features. Users of Swype can now decide how big, small, wide or tall they would like their keyboard to be (split layouts included for landscape or tablets), change to the new Blackbird theme, type in two languages thanks to bilingual support, or use continuous dictation to see words and phrases appear on their screen as they speak.

It’s a major update for one the oldies-but-goodies in the keyboard game. If you are still using Swype, be sure to give it a shot.  (more…)