The page discusses all the dos and don’ts in regard to the new Material design and in the process, it appears Google may have let slip some of their Google apps getting the fresh new facelift. New for Android L is a redesigned Settings app and although it may appear to be rocking a dark theme in these images, we’ve seen some hands-on with L showing an all new light theme. Now, we’re not entirely sure if this is the Photos or the stock Gallery app (maybe neither), but it looks all refreshed for the upcoming Android L release.
We found screenshots of what appears to be Google’s stock Email app, the one that recently became available on Google Play. Now Hangouts looks so drastically different from our current version, we’re not entirely sure how accurate this new look is. Screenshots of the Google Play Store and Play Books was buried deep within the style guidelines page. To show off one of the new ways of loading images in Android L, a new version of Chrome was shown off in video form.
Google Maps is also getting the Material treatment and doesn’t look too different from the current version found on KitKat. For Google Play Music, we’re seeing a much more simple interface from our current version.
Leaked renders are nice and all, but we’re always happy to see upcoming devices flaunted on video. A dozen new photos of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have hit the web, giving us the opportunity to view the phone from nearly every angle imaginable.
After launching on iOS a few weeks back, Prisma has made it’s official debut on Android through the Google Play Store. Everyone likes a good deal, but the days of budget-friendly flagship smartphones may be numbered.
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When I tap a textfield at the bottom of the screen, the keyboard appears and hides the active element. I'm able to scroll the form, so the textfield is in the visible area, but that's not nice at all.
Though such gadgets are available on the market, here is a free (or cost effective) solution to turn your Android phone into a wireless mouse and keyboard that you can use to control a PC via Bluetooth or WiFi. It offers several other remote control functions also, such as remote control for Windows Media player, VLC Player, YouTube, Media Center, File manager, etc. From the program preferences, you can change theme, muse settings, keyboard, phone event, etc. OnePlus is always been ready to include some of the unique and abstract wallpaper on their smartphones.
Enter your email below to get exclusive access to our best articles and tips before everybody else. This keyboard offers a wide variety of features, including a built-in gesture-typing feature, as popularized by Swype. RELATED ARTICLEHow to Type Faster with the Swype Keyboard for AndroidThe Swype keyboard for Android replaces pecking at letters with gliding your fingers over them. While other keyboards have copied Swype’s swipe-to-type feature, none have completely matched its accuracy. Swype can now be installed directly from Google Play without the old, tedious process of registering a beta account and sideloading the Swype app.
Minuum is a crowdfunded keyboard that is currently still in beta and only supports English. Like any other unique twist on a traditional keyboard, you’d have to give it a few minutes to get used to where the letters are and the new way it works. I originally installed TouchPal to work with Chinese characters, but crikey it is able to do many many more things than I use.
I have been using SwiftKey for ages but a recent update to SwiftKey caused my phone to revert to the default keyboard every time it is rebooted.
So far, I know of three keyboards that fit the bill for the most part: Smart Keyboard, TouchPal X, and Kii Keyboard. From the three you shortlisted, I liked Kii the most - however, you should try out all three first, see which one you like.
With Kii, I very often end up with skipped characters or it adding an extra g after a word, like "happeni g" or "happening g".
Well, you can try out other keyboard listed here and on Google Play - I use the Google Keyboard for swipe-based typing, and like SwiftKey for touch-typing (you can disable swipe in the settings). DID YOU KNOW?Cigarette companies universally supported the ban on advertising cigarettes as it freed up enormous amounts of money that had been previously spent on advertising and related activities. Disclaimer: Most of the pages on the internet include affiliate links, including some on this site. Since most phone or tablets don't have a full keyboard, Android offers us so called soft keyboards.
Entering a contact's name (left) and his phonenumber (right) with the standard Android Keyboard.
We saw above that manufacturers have the ability to add keyboards, where they are completely free in chosing a layout.
Please note that installing a keyboard is not without risk: all keys pass this application, and this includes your passwords!
Furthermore, it means that our customers (the end users of our app) not only have to install our app, but also the keyboard service (second apk?).

The reason is that there is no inputType for hexadecimal, so our app can not even request a hex layout to the keyboard service.
The KeyboardView is a View like any other, so we include it in the layout file of our activity. Nevertheless, there are a couple of noteworthy remarks; they are marked red in the code fragment below. The image below shows where the two xml files (activity layout and keyboard layout) are located.
We can see this in the figure: the bar at the bottom still shows the 'Back' soft key instead of the 'Hide keyboard' softkey. When we define a keyboard, we have three levels where we can set properties: at keyboard level, at row level, and at key level. We have two width overrides: the '0' key has double width (25%) and the 'keyboard hide' key has double width (25%). Use the attribute android:horizontalGap for that, and my advise is to use percentages here too. The keyboard is completely app specific: the application has to provide the key handling in the onKey(). For the non plain keys (cursor movement, delete), we pick some arbitrary number; the example uses 55000 and higher. When key android:keyLabel="PREV" does not have a key code, its gets 80 (the Unicode of 'P' is 80).
Each key may declare a list of key codes (with a maximum of twelve?), such as android:codes="65,66,67". This feature is known from the standard Android keyboard as well: the popup shows alternative keys. The dedicated way is to add an element to a key specifying a keyboard layout for the popup keyboard. The generic way is to add an element to a key specifying the labels (with implict codes) of the popup keys. Then it executes an action based on the actual key code (for a list of key codes, see below). As a final step, we would like the back button of the activity to close the custom keyboard (if it is open). This way, the base class handler only sees input type none and does not pop up the standard keyboard.
To make it easier to use a custom keyboard; we can move all keyboard code to a seperate class.
Ideally, I would like to resize the window so that both the message controls (such as the text box and attach files button) and the title bar to be shown. What is a word that means "something that is commonly known, but not commonly talked about"?
I hope you had the chance to optimize your web experience by changing your Chrome flags through last week’s Android customization post. Auto-correct, or auto-cucumber, or arto-monkey as it is sometimes referred to, is responsible for many humorous and disastrous exchanges between friends, loved ones and co-workers.
If you, more often than not, spell your words correctly, and find that your auto-correct settings do you more harm than good, this is the guide you are looking for.
That all said, please keep in mind that each keyboard may use its own settings and dictionaries for your auto-correction needs. You will find a number of settings in the following list, we will look at a few of them shortly. As I hope you noticed above, there are plenty of extra options available in your Google Keyboard settings. Under Personal dictionary, you may manually add new words for your keyboard to recognize, including any word that is not in a normal dictionary, like your unique pet names, or any of the many acronyms that you may like to use. From there, Show correction suggestions and Next-word suggestions control the visuals of how the auto-correction operates.
That is all there is to the Google Keyboard, feel free to change the settings around, see what works best for you.
Did you know that Android has a global spell checker besides what is found in your keyboards? I hope you found the ability to turn off, or modify the settings of your auto-correcting keyboard handy in this week’s Android customization piece. Time to share your best, what is the craziest auto-correct mishap you’ve ever sent or received?
As part of Google’s new found focus on design, the search giant is already providing developers with a handy resource page. Whether a generic mockup or a sneak peek, it’s clear Google is focusing on a much more minimal, simple user experience.
While they don’t reveal much, they do show us the overall color scheme Google could use for the Material version of these apps.
While the static image doesn’t show much, the video has this awesome new loading animation that fades an image into view, instead of abruptly loading it. We don’t hate it, but we just started getting used to the redesign that feels like was barely introduced not too long ago. Someone was able to catch the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the wild as it was being tested by an accessory manufacturer. On top of that, pre-orders for the phone have kicked off in Dubai with a free 128GB microSD card for those who pre-order before August 2. With the app installed, users can turn their photos into works of art thanks to Prisma’s machine learning algorithms.

A wireless mouse (also keyboard) would allow us to control a PC from a distance and extremely useful in certain situations.
Following applications are required for this: Unified Remote app (free) for Android phone and Unified Remote Sever (free) app for PC. Now, open ‘Remote’ from the dashboard, select a remote option, for example ‘Basic Input’ for mouse, Keyboard, etc and start controlling your PC. Installing a third-party keyboard is easy — install it from Google Play, launch it like another app, and it will explain how to enable it.
However, there’s a good chance your Android smartphone or tablet comes with a keyboard designed by its manufacturer instead.
It also offers prediction, including full next-word prediction based on your previous word, and includes voice recognition that works offline on modern versions of Android.
Swype has been designing a gesture-typing keyboard for longer than anyone else and its gesture feature still seems more accurate than its competitors’ gesture support. After giving it some practice, you may find this is a faster way to type on a touch-screen — especially with one hand, as the targets are so large. Yes I know the name might put some off, but it replicates exactly a regular computer keyboard including the directional arrow keys.
Nova is VERY powerful and VERY customizable while at the same time is VERY lightweight so it doesn't add any bloat. It's easy enough to reset, but it is super annoying, there have been tons of complaints about to SwiftKey and they refuse to do anything about it, basically saying it's the phone manufacturers' fault.
The figure below shows the full text (left) and phone number only (right) keybaords of Asus.
But that looks like a hell of a lot of work (multiple layouts, accents, spell check support, locale specific fonts).
These codes are useful to correct for accidental presses of a key adjacent to the intended key". However, I found an issue while testing the application on my Android device: the virtual keyboard "moves" the window upward and does not allow me to see many of the displayed messages, only the bottom part of my app. This week, we want to head back to a fairly beginner’s task, changing the settings, or completely disabling, auto-correct functionality on your Android devices.
Usually auto-correct works wonderfully, changing misspellings like ‘freind’ into ‘friend’, but other times, words like ‘things’ turn into ‘thongs’ and confusion or worse is the result.
You know what, if that is not you, if you find that far too few of your words are adjusted, that spelling mistakes are still the norm in your text, we’ll cover some settings below for you as well.
We will thoroughly walk through all of the available text correction settings on your Android device, but these are the basic settings that you can find by diving into settings.
I will be using a stock Android 5.1 Lollipop device running the latest Google Keyboard for today. For example, you may choose to set your Auto-correction level to Very Aggressive, so that Google changes up nearly every word that you type.
Personalized suggestions and Suggest Contact names gives the keyboard permissions to delve into your Contacts list and other Google apps to learn how you like to write, what words you like to use. You may be surprised to learn that the only reason you have been piecing together legible sentences is through the power of auto-correct – which is not a reflection on you as a writer, just that that tiny little keyboard on your Android phone or tablet may be far less accurate than you previously thought it was. That’s right, check out the basic Language & input settings on your device, the second option down is Google Spell Checker. Next week we want to look at an app that takes a modified approach to tackling an old task, putting quality widget information on your lock screen. There are loads of animations for expanding calendar entries, scheduling events, and everything else the app offers. You can install the Google Keyboard from Google Play, even if your device doesn’t come with it.
But, yes, definitely always on the look out and checking new options in Google Play that I stumble upon, etc. Your alternative keyboards should have similar settings, but please consult their individual tools for specific instruction. Or, you may keep it at modest, but add a ton of your own words to your Personal dictionary. You can turn it on or off, and choose whether or not to check against your Contacts list for names.
Just mash away on your touch-screen keyboard, typing as fast as possible, and SwiftKey will notice your mistakes and type what you actually meant to type.
Aside from that, due to the way my vision is, I am only effective with the traditional tap typing. I have entered those for now in AutoText for it to change those two, but, of course, there are surely other cases, and what happens if I need to say "I am using Windows 7 for my OS"? I can watch the screen while forming the letters and punctuation with my index finger, so I can see and correct any mistakes as they appear. Rest assured, no matter what keyboard you use, or what auto-correct setting you put in place, Google is still trying to make sure you spell things correctly. SwiftKey also now has built-in support for gesture-typing via SwiftKey Flow, so you get a lot of flexibility.
To type an uncommon letter, you’d tap the button, hold down, and swipe in the appropriate direction.
This gives you large buttons that can work well as touch targets, especially when typing with one hand.

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