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One of the most useful features of Android, in my opinion, is spell check. When attempting to convey information quickly, it's easy to make mistakes, and it's nice to have a device that catches them for you.

With Ice Cream Sandwich, users can expect a revamped keyboard, inline spell check capabilities, and improved copy/paste functionality.

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The new keyboard doesn't look too different from the Gingerbread keyboard, save for its new color scheme and speech-to-text button. The way it performs, however, has seen significant improvement in terms of spell check, and copy/paste functionality.

Spell check now allows users to click on a questionable word, displaying a list of suggestions, or the option to add the word to the device's dictionary. This isn't too different from Android's current functionality, except that it adds a bit of polish to the UI, and word suggestions have supposedly been improved.

As for copy/paste functionality, Google has made it "consistent across all of Android," meaning there's no more guesswork as to which apps will allow for copy/paste, or how that functionality will compare to other apps (ahem - SMS app). Users can also highlight and drag words or bits of text to reposition them.

I have to reiterate that while these are relatively minor tweaks, they are hugely important in solidifying Android as a cohesive OS, and giving Ice Cream Sandwich a smoother, more streamlined user experience.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Tristan

    Consistent copy/paste across the OS! FINALLY!

    • http://www.weblogku.com Azam

      Yeah. Finally...

  • Mungo

    Too bad ths doesn't seem to be the awesome BlindType keyboard that Google bought...

    • Jesse

      I've always wondered what happened to BlindType. I wonder if they somehow integrated it into the native Android keyboard, and never mentioned it. It showed a lot of promise, that's for sure.

      • theineffablebob

        I'm sure the technology was integrated with the Android keyboard.

        • Nexuz-Uno

          I'm sure that pigs can fly. :p

  • Wicket

    wish it had secondary actions on all keys like the HTC keyboard and other 3rd party ones like swype and swiftkey.. I guess it keeps those keyboard valid. I'll give the ICS keyboard a good try before even installing a different keyboard as it may be all I need. :)

  • Joe

    Check out perfect keyboard. Its been my fave since it came out. A great alternative to the gb keyboard.

  • Kuyam

    I wonder if this can be extracted out of the ROM. I remember that the GB keyboard was available to flash on froyo very soon after the GB SDK was available

  • android_man

    A.I.type keyboard is the one for me. It has not only cut,copy and paste but also redo and undo buttons, which I haven't seen on other keyboards. It also does great blind-typing auto-correction.

    • aitypist

      I agree. I think A.I.type is the one who really must have bought blind-type. Their keyboard works just like blind-type on youtube, except for real!

  • Jay

    Thank god bless cos the yahoo mail app has a useless copy and paste implementation to it

  • davidtb

    Thank you but I'm desperately hooked on voicing my texts..

  • Colin Richardson

    Are you sure?? You cannot copy/paste on Nexus S when typing in Landscape (My preferred way of typing).. On Gingerbread I could.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.mitzlaff.1 Tom Mitzlaff

    Have a galaxy 3 and copy and paste with ics is a nightmare