[templ_dropcaps color=”color3″ letter=”T”] o go along with its newest version of Android, Jelly Bean, Google incorporated a revamped keyboard into this iteration. The new keyboard may appear to be the same version as in ice cream sandwich, but beneath the surface are a few surprises. Check out my video below to see all of the surprises in store and more. [/templ_dropcaps]
One thing you may not notice are the hidden symbols on the keyboard. Press the “123” key on the bottom left of the keyboard in order to get to the numbered keyboard. Tap and hold on just about any key and you’ll reveal additional keys! For example, you’d find a star, 1/2, 1/3, cubed and more.
Swipe to Text
Are you tired of pecking away at your keyboard letter by letter? Do you wish you could give you finger a rest and simply drag your finger across the keyboard in order to spell words? Well you’re in luck! There’s no longer the need to download a separate keyboard now that you can now swipe to text on the default keyboard, complete with a dynamic preview showing you what word you’re getting ready to spell.
If you use the same phrases over and over again, as many of us do, then the new stock keyboard that comes with Android is tailored to you. Once the keyboard learns your phrases, it will automatically predict the next word you’ll type (similar to SwiftKey). Instead of typing the next word, just tap one of the three choices that’s appears. The more you type, the more accurate it gets.
You can use speak to text if you need to give your fingers a rest. The best part about Google’s version is that it doesn’t require a data connection to work. This is great news for those of you who have tablets that can’t be connected to the internet 100% of the time. I’ve used it from time to time and I must say, it’s pretty accurate.
Only for Jelly Bean…or is it?
Yes the stock keyboard has been specifically made for Jelly Bean, but that doesn’t mean people still running Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) have to be left behind. After all, it’s not your fault that your carrier or manufacturer does not want to push the updates out. To remedy this, an app called Jelly Bean 4.2 Keyboard has been created. It allows users on Android 4.0, a.k.a. ICS, to have the same keyboard as its Jelly Bean counterpart. The app developer even took it one step further by offering skins for the keyboard to give your phone a more customized look and feel.
[Download] Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich users, download Jelly Bean Keyboard from here. [/Download]