Inputting+ quietly keeps tabs on all the text you write across various apps for safekeeping while bundling an undo and redo function in case you have accidentally made a change that you didn't mean to. And if you want to find and replace something, Inputting+ has your back there too. All of this is easily accessible from a small bubble (which can be turned off, made transparent, and made bigger/smaller) that floats on your screen while typing.
If you have ever had an app crash or accidental button press make you lose something you've written, I won't need to convince you that this new app is worth a shot. While the latest and greatest Android keyboards make touchscreen typing worlds better than what it once was, for most of us it is still an order of magnitude more difficult than a full-sized physical one. That makes losing what you've written or having to rewrite repetitive text extra annoying.
There's your first look at the basics of Inputting+. The app has very limited interface of its own, since once you have enabled it most of your interactions will be via the floating bubble that appears while you type. It has a translucent overlay as in the third screenshot once the floating bubble is tapped.
To be clear, Inputting+ does not replace your current keyboard, which I think many will be relieved to hear. It stores text via accessibility permissions that you will manually enable before starting to use the app. While you would be right to wonder about how much info you're handing over, the rest of the permissions used are minimal:
The app's description in the Play Store gives a brief explanation of each. I see no way for the app to be silently sending your every input over the internet, since it doesn't have permission to use the web. Another thing to note is that it takes an entirely separate accessibility permission for Inputting+ to see passwords, which is not requested by default. In fact, you're warned against it if you try changing the setting. You are also free to blacklist certain apps entirely from logging.
When using Inputting+, the amount of things you can do is initially fairly limited, by design. You can cycle through your recent history by using the back/undo arrow and back forward with the other arrow. If you hit the search glass, you can perform a find and replace on the currently displayed text.
It's that simple. There are a few more things you can add via extra apps and an in-app purchase, as well. For $0.99, you can add a timeline view of your history.
First of all, very material stuff here. The developer definitely knocked the animations out of the park, which I know will be appreciated by some of our readers. The timeline view doesn't add functionality so much as it makes looking for text that you wrote in the not-so-immediate past a lot easier. You can also delete items too, for whatever reasons you may want to do that. There is also a setting that limits how far into the past your info is kept (30 days is default). For each item, you can scroll through its own history, essentially performing undos and redos.
If you want to record your clipboard history, you will be directed to the same developer's dedicated app called Clip Stack for doing that. It does integrate into Inputting+ and is completely free and open source, so it is definitely worth considering.
Once Clip Stack is installed, you will see a clipboard button available while using Inputting+. Tap that and you'll get the overlay in the middle screenshot. Outside of the times you're using Inputting+, Clip Stack will live in a notification. This can be disabled and otherwise configured within Clip Stack's settings if you aren't a fan of sticky notifications.
Since this is an initial beta release, don't be surprised if you run into a few issues. I had one that was rather significant and took some experimenting to fix. I first had to restart my Galaxy S6 before Inputting+ would do anything but force close. It's tough to say whether that was an issue on my end or the app's. A competing app specifically warns users that Samsung devices have issues, so this could be related.
More generally, navigation isn't always very intuitive or consistent, especially when it comes to getting to Inputting+'s settings. Tapping on the app shortcut didn't always get me there and the translucent overlay doesn't include a way to navigate there either. If you are really struggling, you can reach it by going to its entry in your phone or tablet's accessibility menu. One last thing to note is that, according to the developer, Android itself prevents this sort of input logging in WebView, making apps like Chrome incompatible.
With that in mind, this is still a unique tool that I think a lot of people will enjoy. There is at least one similar app out there, called Type Machine, that Inputting+ will go up against. The main advantage with Inputting+ is the floating bubble, making it easily accessible as you type. Type Machine is similar to Inputting+'s timeline view and is a little more established (think stability) along with having an option to protect your history with a PIN. Both are incompatible with WebView.
Type Machine also costs $1.99, compared to the free price for Inputting+'s basic features and $0.99 for timeline view. They are both good, though, so you can decide what works best for you. Despite some initial hitches, I have found Inputting+ useful when I need it and unobtrusive when I don't.