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.
Swiftkey 3 recently arrived on the Play Store, and not too long afterwards, the company has posted a statement on its blog letting us know that the app is currently the best-selling paid app on the Play Store. Not too bad, SwiftKey! Of course, the biggest challenge is ahead, as Google announced yesterday that, from Jelly Bean onwards, the default Android keyboard will attempt to predict your next word. Which smacks just a little of SwiftKey's pitch.
The company says it's not worried about it in the least:
It’s also good news for us. Google’s commitment supports the vision we had two years ago when we launched the world’s first keyboard that learns from you to predict your next word.
TouchType Ltd., the creators of what is arguably the best predictive keyboard available for Android, have just announced SwiftKey 3, along with a separate solution made specifically for medical professionals – SwiftKey Healthcare.
SwiftKey 3, which has – as of tonight – finally come out of beta, is on sale in celebration of its launch, available from the Play Store for just $1.99 today. SwiftKey Healthcare, for those wondering, is a new keyboard, pre-loaded with tons of medical terminology and tools to enhance medical note taking in the healthcare industry. We'll take a quick look at both of the keyboards below.
In the world of software keyboards, Swype has always been the odd man out. In this case, however, that's not necessarily a bad thing, because people who love Swype are emphatic about it. With the latest beta, Swype is now set to take on the entire world of software keyboards, as it has transformed into "four kinds of keyboard," thanks to Nuance.
How is this a four-in-one option? Firstly, you have the traditional Swype method of, well... swyping. Past that is where you'll start to see Nuance's hand on the keyboard, with XT9 input and the Dragon button for vocal dictation.
Indeed, Magic Piano, another popular iOS Smule app that has now made its way to Android, lays out a series of dots which you have to tap in tune to your favorite song (assuming it's in Smule's inventory, of course).
So, is it as cool as it sounds? To some degree, yes; if you've ever played Tap Tap Revenge, you should feel at home - both games involve tapping on-screen dots to play music (obviously, there are myriad nuances that differentiate the apps, but Magic Piano's overall style is decidedly reminiscent of Tap Tap).
Motorola introduces a novel idea with its Atrix phone: a lapdock. The idea was simple. All these Android app can be extremely productive, so why limit them to a single, small screen? Plug your phone into the lapdock, use its frankly-over-powered processor to run a larger screen with a keyboard and trackpad. Well, that's exactly what the ClamBook does. Only it does it way better.
As you can see in the renders above, when most phones are plugged in, you're presented with a tablet-styled UI. The device doesn't appear to be touchscreen, but Android has had support for mouse functionality since Android 3.1, so you won't be stuck.
SwiftKey is a fan favorite keyboard replacement for Android. Enthusiasts, though, know there's always a better SwiftKey out there. The current beta, named SwiftKey 3, is currently being put through its paces by the community, and yet another iteration has rolled out that brings some marked improvements to the input alternative.
Among the improvements:
Improved prediction algorithms
Better, more consistent punctuation key behavior
Smarter Smart Space functionality (which will make it easier to enter email addresses etc)
A refined experience in Google Chrome Beta
Fixed missing predictions on the longpress of @ and .com
Eliminated lag on letter pop-ups
Various other minor bug fixes and usability improvements
The update brings extra improvements to an already fantastic keyboard replacement.
Earlier this week, I took a look at the new Bluetooth keyboard for mobile devices from ZAGG, the ZAGGkeys Flex. Since one can never have enough gadgets for their gadgets, today we're going to look at Logitech's offering to the Android tablet realm. While this keyboard isn't brand-spanking new (it has been out for a year or so), it's still just as relevant as it was on release day; given the increase in popularity of Android tablets, perhaps even more so.
Before we get into the the good and bad aspects of this keyboard, though, let's first take a look at the details.
Earlier today, I reviewed the ZAGGkeys Flex Bluetooth keyboard, and loved it. It's a fantastic little keyboard - ultraportable, has incredibly battery life, and is a pleasure to type one. Not only that, but it can easily pair with your Android tablet or smartphone, as well as any iOS device that you may have. Say what you will about iOS, but the ability to have one keyboard that can pair with both Android and iOS is just awesome.
Of course, it's hard for us to tell you how awesome something is and not want to give some out, so guess what?
It's no secret that I love tablets - I find them to be incredibly useful and fun tools. In fact, I've spent a lot of time as of late reviewing and comparing the most recent additions to the tablet world to one another. As much as I love tablets, though, they're not the best for productivity without some good accessories. Of those accessories, the most useful addition is, without a doubt, a Bluetooth keyboard; truth be told, I actually prefer a good Bluetooth keyboard and stand over the Transformer Series' keyboard dock in most cases - it's just a more portable and convenient option for me.