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Jul
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So, you heard about Google's new predictive text engine in the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean keyboard, right? Now you can download that keyboard courtesy of Beansoft (developer of Thumb Keyboard), from the Play Store, free of charge. It's ported straight from AOSP, though it's currently in "alpha" state. The only catch is that you need to be running Android 4.0.3 or higher (Ice Cream Sandwich).

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I've noticed the Android 4.1 keyboard also seems to have improved accuracy and speed (it looks ever so slightly different, too), so this is definitely worth a try. There's one more caveat here: the user dictionary doesn't work yet, and attempting to add a word to it will force close the keyboard. English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian are support so far, and the prediction / auto-correction of spaces only works in the English mode.

I've been using it on my One X for a few minutes now and it works great - significantly more accurate and better at predicting than the stock Sense keyboard.

Check it out on the Play Store now, or at XDA.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1640011796 Caleb Baldwin

    4.0+? :(

  • http://twitter.com/JaizukeD JaizukeD

    How does this perform against Swiftkey?

    • Kenny O

      I've been using it for a week now after coming from Swiftkey 3....its pretty close in terms of predictions, but obviously you loose the personal recognition that's you get when swift key reads your texts, etc. For me I like it better, the offline speech key is the kicker for me. I

    • Kenny O

      I've been using it for a week now after coming from Swiftkey 3....its pretty close in terms of predictions, but obviously you loose the personal recognition that's you get when swift key reads your texts, etc. For me I like it better, the offline speech key is the kicker for me. I

    • NA

      This I'd like to know as well. Will try out.

      • NA

        Based on the 5 minutes I've played with it, it seems roughly the same. Predictions appears maybe a few milliseconds slower than SwifyKey but it's pretty good.

  • aplusjimages

    Come on people! Please tell me first post aren't migrating to the Play Store reviews.

  • Howard Mills II

    Getting an "Error Processing Purchase"...Booo...LoL...

  • http://twitter.com/yellowspyder Spyder Ryder

    Crap, another crappy iphone keyboard. No secondary keys... have to switch to "?123" to type punctuation. Keyboards like this are the death of intelligible messages.

  • Sree

    Does that voice type work ? Also, the offline voice thing...??

  • krsnprvn

    Not working on my HTC One X. I enabled the Jelly bean keyboard but i still see the old keyboard. Any suggestions...