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SwiftKey Keyboard, which was already one of Android's best third-party keyboards, recently shed beta status, and BlindType is starting to look interesting now that Google's bought the company, but the fact remains that for diehard typists, nothing beats a full computer keyboard.

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DoMobile, the developers of ShareKeyboard, must share that mentality, for the app they've produced allows users to pair the keyboard they usually type with when using their computers with their phones. The process isn't entirely seamless, as the app connects to your keyboard via WiFi rather than via Bluetooth, meaning that rather than pairing the keyboard directly with the phone, you must type your IP address into your browser's address bar. This has both ups and downs - not everyone has Bluetooth built into their computers, but then again, not everyone is always using a network connection (train, etc).

From the browser, you type text in a text box and have it show up on your phone (see screenshots above). In my practice, it's worked flawlessly, even if the text was a tad late in showing up. Of course, just how useful ShareKeyboard ends up being for you depends on what you're trying to do - chances are that if you're near a conventional keyboard attached to a computer, you will not need to hook it up to your phone for typing.

Got a scenario where you think ShareKeyboard would be useful? Drop a line in the comments and let us know.

Download

Download the free, ad-supported version of ShareKeyboard by scanning or clicking the QR code below:

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.domobile.sharekeyboard

or download the paid version for £2.99:

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.domobile.sharekeyboardpaid

Source: Addictive Tips via Lifehacker

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • thatalias

    Been using Chrome to Phone to copy to the phone's clipboard, then paste anywhere. Simple, fast, and without hassles

    (edit: A froyo only treat though)

  • Namuna

    'Wifi Keyboard' does the same, for free. http://www.cyrket.com/p/android/com.volosyukivan/

  • http://tasker.cypher-sec.org thecolor

    nice. this could prove useful when you have your device plugged in to a wire and it's just inconvenient to unplug it. However, picMe does the exact same thing and provides you with a remote image of your device (live or static)... so I think I'll stick to that.

    • dero

      lol exact same thing? Do you know what Share keyboard does?

      • http://tasker.cypher-sec.org thecolor

        well, from the description it allows you to type on your device using a full keyboard (kind of like a wireless KVM).

        While I probably should have not used the word "wired" for fear that was the word people would latch onto and not just assume wireless based on the description; but, PicMe does exactly that also plus it has a "rdp/vnc like" desktop for you to see as well.

        I realize the program can be wireless too... but unless I'm typing a novel, I find it easier (most times) to just pick up my device.

        Of course I could just use usb hosting and plug my mouse and keyboard directly into my EVO. ;) but the programs are nice.

        Did I miss anything?

  • Benjamin

    I can't use the app, there is a problem when I open it: (in Spanish) "no se ha podido lanzar Share Keyboard free", the translation could be: "Share Keyboard couldn't be opened".

    I have a Motorola Cliq XT/Quench, who knows what's my problem?

  • Joergen I. Larsen

    I had to transfer (many) SMS/MMS from Android phone to gmail items with manual insertion of Subject as I went along. Tried other concepts (Mighty Text, AirDroid,....) - but ShareKeboard did the job: simple to install and use (no cable needed); worked successfully right from beginning satisfying my needs.
    A note of concern: Assumed my input keying was transferred on Internet globally - but after consulting IANA https://www.iana.org/abuse I realised that transfer was carried out securely on internal (home) network only.

    ShareKeyboard is an excellent app for easy manually text entering on smartphone.