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Dynamic Keyboard made quite a splash when the demo video went online last week. This is a new Android keyboard that uses word prediction to change the size of the keys it thinks you are most likely to need. It’s an interesting approach, and one you need to experience for yourself to really judge. Well, now you can. It’s available in both free and paid versions in Google Play.

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Dynamic Keyboard comes with an assortment of themes and a ton of languages at launch. The original video showed some crazy bouncing animations, but the final version has the option to tone them down, or disable them completely. It’s lacking auto-correct right now, though.

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The pro edition adds more customization, HD fonts, and a few other features. It’s $0.99, but you can try the free version to get the gist of how it works.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Karlo
  • mesmorino

    Both google play links are broken

  • Régis Knechtel

    No brazilian portuguese :(

  • Danny365

    I think keyboards are not something we should reinvent. SwiftKey just works perfectly, I doubt anything could make typing easier, faster. I'm not saying that I don't appreciate new ideas though.

    • Karlo

      Sorry Google Keyboard killed Swiftkey.

      • mesmorino

        You keep believing that if it makes you happy

      • ithehappy

        Lol, it's Swype who can and does kill everything. Whether you 'can' use Swype or not, totally your problem.

        • GraveUypo

          went from swype to swiftkey and i can say swiftkey is better than swipe at everything.

          • FinsUp

            I use SwiftKey when I can type with two hands. However, Swype is what I use if I ever need to send a message and only have one hand available. Swiftkey's Flow is pretty good, but is no where near the level that Swype is currently at.

          • GraveUypo

            flow is way better than swipe in my language at least.

          • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

            Not to mention that if you speak more than one language and use them regularly flow is even more impressive.

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            True. It's impressive seeing SK suggesting English words after two sentences in German.
            That's some serious artificial intelligence going on there!

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            SK is better for typing, Swype is better for swiping.
            But when you use more than one language, SK sucks hard.

      • Osvaldo Hernandez

        Until Google keyboard can do 2 languages at once, it hasn't killed anyone.

        • mechapathy

          This just in: guns don't kill people, bilingual keyboards do.

        • Matt2001

          swiftkeys most broken feature is more than one language at once!

          that's the most important reason i switched from swiftkey to swype. swiftkeys flow and two or more languange is unusable.

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            That's to the point, Sir!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      SwiftKey was a reinvention of the keyboard. Well, maybe not SwiftKey itself, but keyboards like it. At one time, mobile devices didn't have gesture typing, word prediction, or even very good corrections. All of those things were massive improvements over something that came first. Dynamic Keyboard is attempting to do something similar. I'm just not sure this is quite the right way to accomplish it, if for no other reason than the animations are a little too...animated.

    • Matt2001

      no it doesn't. swiftkey has many pros, but it is very bad if configured with more than one language. it starts mixing words of different language without any sense. you are in the middle of a sentence in german and the next word gets english or what ever else you have configured just because it has the exact same swipe.

      also swiping in general is not so good as on swype. i used a long time swiftkey and there is a lot i'm missing from it (e.g. better special characters layout) but swiping with it got su damn frustrating that i switched to swype when it appeared.

      i'm not interested in typing my text, as this is much slower for me. and if i would i would not needed swiftkey at all. there are better keyboards for pure typing.

      but i still hope that swiftkey improves its flow feature and if they can't fix the adaptive language support at least to make it switchable between languages like others do. using more than one language is badly broken on swiftkey.

      p.s. don't know abuot others, but swiftkeys support seems to be non existent.

  • Sqube

    I'm sorry, autocorrect doesn't work? Yeah, no mobile keyboard is worth using if it's not going to correct mistakes, even if the next key that (it thinks) I'm going to press is bigger than normal.

    • Ben Enos

      My thoughts exactly. I honestly can't believe they would even release a keyboard without autocorrect in this day and age. It does look interesting but I'm not even going to waste my time until they add correction. I bet passwords and names must be really fun to try to type with this keyboard as well.

  • Owen Finn

    This keyboard seems logical at first glance... but use it for 5 minutes, and you'll see it rarely works right. Any sort of name is difficult to type!

  • Michael Fontenot

    I'm curious but... SwiftKey.

    • Jeff718

      I was curious, tried it. No auto correct and every word was underlined in red.

    • Enes Taşdemir

      It doesn't put a space after every dot, you should consider using it.

  • hyperbolic

    Looks like a good idea but I think that they should focus in less animation and jumping letters..

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    ThE dEsIgN oF tHIs kEybOArD lOokS hOrRibLe.

  • FRiC

    ManMan Thai keyboard has had this for ages, but variable keyboard sizing is only useful for languages that are not suitable for swiping input. Otherwise swiping is faster.

  • Ricardo A. Fragoso

    FREE version sucks... Not a good idea if you want someone to buy the "pro" version

    Atfer all... I've just gave it a try. Now I'm back with SuperKeyboard and Swype

  • Evan McGrew

    Everyone note, this is an 18 year old's side project as he goes into university. Here's the reddit post he made on the subject. Have suggestions? Let him know, he's implemented many of them already. The need for autocorrect is realized, and many design changes were changed dramatically this past week, and he's asking for more suggestions.

    • Ivan Myring

      Where is the reddit link?

    • http://about.me/sarmedsiddique Sarmed Siddique

      Hey! Where is the link? hey you! Fuck you!

  • sourabh

    I've tried many keyboards like minuum(beta),swype,Flesky(beta) but swiftkey is the best.
    Minuum truly is a good effort but the keys are squished into one row which is straining my thumbs.Flesky doesnt have the awesome 'Flow' feature of swiftkey.
    Swiftkey is the best IMHO

  • Bojan Gutic

    I've been using it all day today... The lack of autocorrect for even the most basic of things (im -> I'm, Ill to I'll, etc) is more than a bit frustrating...

  • Simon Belmont

    SwiftKey has been my keyboard of choice for almost as long as I've been using Android (2009/2010 or so). That said, I love seeing new keyboards come out with concepts that try something different.

    Minuum was another one that I thought was interesting. Of course, I always come back to SwiftKey, though.

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      SwiftKey does this, it just doesn't resize the keys, that's why you can check "your map".

      • Simon Belmont

        Exactly. Pretty much any keyboard that's learning your speech patterns is going to develop "hot zones" for what you tend to type more and which keys are associated with that.

        I do like checking my key maps once in a while. It's a neat little feature.

  • Pietari Heino

    No Scandic layout. Blargh.

  • Stacey Liu

    Is it weird if I've never had any problems with Google Keyboard?

    • mechapathy

      Nope. I've been using the stock keyboard since 2009, and I'm really fast on it now. I tried SwiftKey, but the placement of the keys is different, and it really threw me off.

  • TechGuy22

    nothing is better than swiftkey sorry

  • Manohar Viswanatha

    fleksy is better than this

  • 72goojman72

    SwiftKey is by far the best imo.