07
Jul
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There's no doubt that Swype is one of the most popular and innovative keyboard replacement apps for Android, albeit for a somewhat niche market. One of the quirks of Swype, though, is that it's basically made for one-handed input, and some users just aren't into that. Enter a new keyboard called Keymonk Keyboard which basically takes the Swype method of text input and modifies it for two-handed input. Check it out:

Weird, right? After watching the video I had to try it for myself, and I have to say... it's probably as difficult to use as you are imagining right now. To be fair, though, I'm not the biggest fan of Swype, either.

From an application standpoint, it works exactly as advertised; the app is very responsive and polished. It's definitely a very interesting take on mobile input, and I believe that many users will be very happy with it once they get used to it. There's only one way to find out: hit the widget below and give it a shot.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • skinkd

    I dont think one can really concentrate on both hands.. its not really fluid in the video itself

    • SebaKL

      I suppose he takes his time so we can see the way it works. Otherwise, you wouldn't be able to focus on watching both hands in the same time. It would be just our old good swype app.

  • br_hermon

    uh.... no. They get points for creativity and that's.... about...it.

  • Kenny O

    Kinda like 8pen keyboard, in that its an interesting, unique take but not practical. Especially with such a high learning curve.

    • Nicholas Loomans

      I don't see it as a high learning curve, If you know how to touch type you just do that but don't take your fingers off the screen. Swype is inredibly fast for me because of this.

      • Kenny O

        I'm pretty fast on swype too, but the challenge for me with this one would be using both hands at the same time. Just watching the demo looks hard. I find that I'm fastest on Swiftkey, but since upgrading to JB I've been using the stock keyboard.

  • Tony

    Could be awesome for landscape altho all I use is portrait mode these days...not to say that I won't give it a try but just saying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/googs64 Eric Gigliotti

    It is fairly simple. I'm using it right now.

  • Vicky

    facemymusic@gmail.comy cool and I'm using it right now in portrait mode. Its useful. Could use text prediction and some but fixes. But to be honest ive actually tried to swype with both hands by accident A LOT so the concept is great

    • Vicky

      Ok somehow my email address ended up in my comment in place of all my words... Please dont spam me!

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        You should be able to edit your own comment and remove it.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Maybe it's an unregistered Disqus account. Either way, I just edited it.

      • Brian Walker

        I flagged it as inappropriate, maybe that will help?

  • Brian Walker

    I'll echo those saying "points for creativity", but I can't see using this as my default. It's going to take a lot to get me away from SwiftKey, and this definitely isn't a candidate.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    well it sort of kinda works but typing is fun yeah.
    Also would be nice to have a comma along with a dot on the main layout. draw the circle on the dot or something.
    And sometimes it switches to click mode on it's own.
    and there's no way to undo whole word. and no left/right arrows to move cursor.

    --- Sent using my Keymonk keyboard

    • Shinkamui

      Punctuation key gesture. Watch the tutorial. Comma is period swipe left. backspace also has a suite of gestures for full word or sentence. anyway its awesome. once you get a little practice its lightning fast and the correction engine is really good. swiftkey was my mainstay but only in correction mode. prediction was worthless for me even with learning on.

      • Sergii Pylypenko

        I've made that comment half-year ago, they've fixed lot of things since then. However I'm stuck with the dumb AnySoftKeyboard, because it's hard to change your motoric reflexes.

  • http://profiles.google.com/grantbarker.com Grant Barker

    Cheers for this. I've added it to my Android keyboards page. http://www.grantbarker.com/android_keyboards.html

  • Robert Oliveira

    Seems much slower than Swype. I've used Swype on my GNexus and it's OK, but I prefer SwiftKey now; haven't found a more comfortable or accurate touch keyboard yet. As for Swype it tends to offer better one finger functionality on the 10.1 Galaxy Tab whereas typing with SwiftKey for Tablet or any other touch keyboard still produces a lot of errors.

  • Slighter

    Not bad on the phone I still default to swype beta though. But I can see a lot of potential on the tablet if incorporated into a split keyboard like A I type float & split

  • Gav456

    I like the idea, and can't comment on the functionality until bugs are worked out. I have noticed, though, that Swype's guesswork has taken a nose-dive since updating the "next word prediction" and the cursor randomly jumps around when backspacing.

  • Ray

    I like it.

  • fonseca898

    Yes. Use Keyboard Manager.

  • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

    I don't like swipe I tend to manually type out text on the stock keyboard and don't swipe it.