Following our tip on how to customize the navigation button setup on the LG G3, we wanted to make sure you all knew that you could set your new phone up for one handed operation as well. For me, this is an option that will always be enabled.
Setting your phone up for one handed operation allows you to still use the oversized G3 in one hand, meaning the keyboard can be pulled to one side or the other to make for quick typing, the dialer can jump from side-to-side depending on the hand you are using, and even your lock screen can be adjusted so that you won’t need two hands to enter your PIN. (more…)
The keyboard that you use with a device may not get a lot of attention, but is still a very important part of your overall user experience. LG is looking to greatly improve experiences of using the keyboard on their already well-designed G3, with a new update that is set to roll out later this month.
This update features a long list of upgrades and enhancements, some of which we have seen on other keyboards, but a few that LG will be proud to offer on their devices. (more…)
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.
Fleksy may have made a keyboard for wearables, but that hardly means the team is abandoning their core smartphone offering. Case in point, Fleksy Beta 2.6.5 which released this morning, introduces support for 17 new languages. That brings the total number of supported languages to 37, quite the impressive statistic. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)