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Wink It Keyboard may not yet be the most obnoxious Android keyboard, but give it time, it's still in beta. This product comes from the developers of Adaptxt Keyboard, which made a name for itself by being feature-rich and customizable. Wink It's approach is decidedly less useful. Its goal is not to improve your typing. Oh no, it wants to change the way you use emoticons. It sticks various images in the suggestion bar as you type, encouraging you to stick them into your messages more often.

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The keyboard actually has two suggestion bars, with the top one showing images related to the first one. This way you can save time by just reaching for the picture that best captures the lengthy word you were planning on typing out the old fashion way.

This is the beta version of the app, and its license will last for 90 days. Go give it a try. I'm sure your friends and family will be oh so glad you did.

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.

  • Milton P.

    That's what SwiftKey does, at least in the latest beta.

  • Daniel

    Geez

  • Amer Khaznadar

    If anyone I know installs this, they're dead to me. Simple as that.

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

      Don't you miss the good old times of MSN Messenger where everyone used tons of smileys instead of letters?
      I do....n't.

      • Amer Khaznadar

        And with the amazing speed of dial up connections you had to wait about 5 minutes till enough images load to make sense of the message.

        • Donna – John

          It's not like it saves any time and actually makes reading the message much more difficult.

          • Marcell Lévai

            It's funny to see how this spam evolves. Now it's not quoting previous comments from the actual discusson, but other comments for the same article, which - if you read the spam message first - seem valid.

          • Avril111

            My Uncle Zachary recently got a 9
            month old Mercedes-Benz CL-Class CL63 AMG only from working off a home pc... go
            now B­u­z­z­3­4­.­ℂ­o­m

      • Mayoo

        Or ICQ ... Uh-Oh!

        • Matthew Fry

          That sound is the sound of high school.

  • MattEden

    It's not like it saves any time and actually makes reading the message much more difficult. Ridiculous.

  • Mayoo

    Disclaimer: I know the background is from an Apple device, but it is what I immediatly had in mind when I saw the screenshots.

    http://i.imgur.com/re6b0R7.gif

  • Asimoalex

    So just like SwiftKey beta

  • Brad

    I'll be the third to point out swiftkey does this in the beta.

  • anzensepp1987

    And the mental decline continues...

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

    I liked my title for this story more: ";) Keyboard Beta - the most obnoxious keyboard ever made, from the makers of Adaptxt :P :D :o"

  • ithehappy

    Never felt the need for 'emotions' in a SMS, so no thanks.

  • Jalok Xlem

    I'm still staying with Swype! Swype, for swipers. Swift Key, for tappers. Kii, for the good of both worlds. Google...meh.

    • Brad

      Swiftkey does swyping now... I've never been much of a swyper myself.. .swype used to predict some weird words the more I used it.

      • Jalok Xlem

        Eh. I don't know. I want to like it, but SwiftKey kind of sucks when it comes to swiping. It tries to take inspiration from Google's swipe typing. Where it doesn't give you substitute words to replace, if it happens to be wrong 10% of the time.
        Also, I wish it provided you with 10+ recommended words to use, rather than 3.
        To add to that, is that Swype has it's own Dragon Assistant voice recognizer thingy, which is actually better than Google Speech-to-Text! Because if I want to use unique words, such as "Parkour" and "Bionicle," it will pick that up, assuming that I teach it to recognize those words it the first place.
        Until Swift Key "steals" its inspirations from Swift Key, I'll still stick with Swype.

  • Matthew Fry

    Let the keyboard arguments begin! I just bought Fleksy. It works very well for me and is faster than gliding/swyping/flowing. The gesture detection is too sensitive and sometimes it tries to end the word or remove the word but other than that it's been spot on.

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    Emoji predictions are totally something new.

    Said no Swiftkey beta user ever.

  • Dakota

    SwiftKey Beta shows emoji suggestions when you're typing

  • Siddarth Udayakumar

    Wtf who even types a message like that on whatsapp!. I prefer a simple "see you soon" instead of an emoticon

  • psuedonymous

    Does it have an inverse mode, that looks at the emoticons that you're using and suggests you use actual words?

  • MistiXF

    They should also provide an app that would decipher those emoticons into plain-text on receiver-side. That would be fair. Please, Devs?