30
Jan
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Using a virtual keyboard may not feel as natural as a physical one, but it's only the worst way to input text with a touchscreen except for all of the other ones. Swype has had the most success in revolutionizing how we enter text, as all of the major Android keyboards have since introduced gesture-based typing in subsequent upgrades, but it's far from perfect. That brings us to FlickKey Keyboard. It's a sliding keyboard that, by grouping letters into square groups of nine, aims to reduce how far across the screen our fingers need to slide.

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Tapping a square enters the character in the middle. To use surrounding letters, you need to place your finger down and swipe from the center. The end result is something that feels like a blend of typing and swiping. It also comes with a unique "twin" keyboard option that creates two copies on each side of a tablet in landscape, and it, allegedly, works with smartwatches.

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FlickKey hardly looks like a revolution, but it might just be what someone's been waiting for. A 60-day free trial is available in the Play Store below.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Marcellus1

    Not a new concept. I've been using something similar on Japanese keyboards for a while. Frankly, I think I'll stick to the swype/swiftkey style swiping.

  • Anon

    This app doesn't deserve to be succesful with an UI like this.
    This is literally the ugliest application I have seen in a long time.
    No, really.
    It could give me infinite money, free blowjobs, eternal life, and I still wouldn't get it anywhere near my phone.

    And if you do, you are literally Hitler.

    • mesmorino

      I'm not entirely sure you have a firm grasp of hyperbole, and if you do, I'm not entirely sure you know what the word "infinite" means

      • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

        Forget infinite. If ten people install this app, we will literally have ten Hitlers walking around.

        • Anon

          Literally ten unkillable Hitlers with infinite money x 10.

          We can't let that happen.

          • HellG

            Lol,It's awesome to see more people from the androidcirclejerk in here :D

          • Barbara J. Kuester

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        • Beto

          Hahaha that'd be literally horrible.

        • Moeen Ahmed

          Seems like this keyboard could mean the end of the world!

        • ReyMaxwin

          this keyboard is the bomb. Dispite using web views and being incredibly ugly. I can see my self touch typing soon. Im almost there.

    • RTWright

      I don't know..... Infinite Money??? I'd be thinking about that one quite seriously! LOL

  • Quad

    Great idea but that's the ugliest keyboard i've ever seen

  • Nick Saulino

    Wow. Faux leather look, the letter 'th', a non-standard key layout, and tiny letters? Amazing! Now if only smartwatches came with a needle sized stylus so that you could actually press those keys!

    I feel like trying to type on that would be VERY frustrating in a few ways.

  • 4wallz

    I used it for a while but it seems very slow and not at all intuitive. It is not the ugliest keyboard I have seen as others have suggested but it just doesn't seem to speed up the input process. Accuracy is pretty good once you get on to how it works. The predictive swipe method was not as useful as the tutorial made it out to be... and the tutorial could use more work as well.

    Also, not available outside there US, which didn't stop me from installing it... but that is annoying. As a free keyboard I might leave it installed on my phone but there is no way I would pay for this one.

  • Matthew Fry

    As much as I like to try new things, I'm not a fan of a reorganizing of the qwerty layout. I'll just end up going where I think it is and be frustrated.

    • Darren Henderson

      The three sections are maintained, the letters are shifted so that more frequently used letters in that section of the keyboard require less work. An E is used more than S for example so it's the "tap" gesture. It's interesting they chose to fill out the third section with the 'Th' digraph, but I suppose it's use to start so many common words and 'the' is written a lot.

      I too find the appearance of the app horrendous.

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    It's Color Purple ugly.

  • namesib

    I have no interest in learning a new keyboard layout.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    I actually wanted to try it... But it's so ugly, I don't want to give my phone herpes or something.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    It's perfect for hipsters!

  • Влатко Стојанов

    Wow, that's an ugly, ugly looking keyboard. (Yep, 2 x ugly)
    Devs, stop using crappy skeuomorphic UI design. Just stop.

  • Godspoken

    That screenshot...so confused...

  • http://platypus.blox.pl/ najodleglejszy

    wow, it's uglier than MessagEase, and that's saying something