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Snapkeys World Record is an app that introduces users to another alternative to the standard QWERTY keyboard layout (dubbed 2i), but adds a twist to mobile typing. The app is not a keyboard replacement, but actually a typing game, challenging users' speed typing abilities using the app's unique keyboard system. Snapkeys World Record allows users to challenge each other (and the world record) for fastest typing on a mobile platform.

http://youtu.be/LvTs6CnaYwI

Snapkeys' keyboard system is based on the idea that keyboards should not take up space on your phone or tablet's screen. In executing this idea, Snapkeys implements a keyboard comprised of four squares, each based on basic letter shapes:

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With Snapkeys World Record comes the introduction of Snapkeys invisible interface, which further minimizes the keyboard by only displaying the basic shapes shown above, in addition to the backspace and space keys.

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There's no word just yet on whether a practical Snapkeys keyboard replacement app will be released to the general public, but Snapkeys' website indicates that the developers are in talks with "major Smartphone and Tablet manufacturers as well as large carriers," presumably to include the keyboard on future devices. In the  mean time, hit the market link below and take a stab at a world record!

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.

  • http://sturmen.mp Nick

    8pen put out their own game called 8pen Wordcup. It's legit.

    • http://n/a david

      I was just about to mention 8pen. I was getting good at it too.

  • Jason

    I played with this keyboard at CES and the people in the booth said that they have absolutely no intentions of releasing the keyboard as a 3rd party keyboard for Android. They want it to come packaged on devices. Personally I thought that it took too much practice to ever become a practical replacement for a real keyboard to be installed on a device. Most people don't have the patience to learn something new and even if it's better over time, they won't give it the time necessary to learn it.

    • http://sites.google.com/site/droidbean behelit

      exactly my thoughts.
      i don't see this catching on and someone else will release it as a 3rd party keyboard anyway.. if not me.

      • Telanis

        You guys ever heard of T9? People will use anything if it's the default on their phone.

  • PT

    I don't see how it is supposed to be better or faster than T9. There are several letters on each buttons so you will need a dictionary to predict the right word.

    • http://www.liamspradlin.com Liam Spradlin

      Evidently, Snapkeys has 99% accuracy thanks to its built-in dictionary. I have yet to test it out extensively for myself, though.

  • Dmwhittley

    This keyboard is nothing new people. I have been using and am now writing with a keyboard on my android called 'messagease'. I have used it exclusively for over a year and a half.
    The clever developers even have a game app which allows you to practice. The current champion on this keyboard writes the guiness record sentence in under 30 seconds. (the sentence is in the game). My personal record is 38 seconds which knocks about twenty seconds of an old guiness record. 'Messagease' has other advantages apart from speed.

  • Sum1

    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the fact that it says, "Fit, Man, Leg, Rod" at the top of them...

  • http://www.appSTUDIO.co.il Sarah

    You should try Beat the World Record by appSTUDIO. It uses Snapkeys and really works.