Oct 29 AT 11:43 AM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

Google shows off Gesture Typing keyboard in Nexus video


Keyboard fans will be happy to learn that the new Android 4.2 includes a new feature called Gesture Typing, which lets you glide your finger over the letters you want to type on the keyboard. Google says the new keyboard makes typing “fast, fun and a whole lot simpler”. I’ve never been a fan of these Swype-like keyboards, but I’m interested to see how Google implemented Gesture Typing. Check out the video and let us know what you think. Do you like to draw words?

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  • sandwich

    Yes! Been getting tired of Swype’s awkward updating process. This is most welcome.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      TOTALLY agree! I refuse to use any other keyboards besides Swype because they all suck but I welcome a good Swype replacement, especially built into AOSP!

  • Ardrid

    Glad to see Google providing more options for users. I was a fan of Swype initially but went back to the stock keyboard after getting annoyed with bugs, glitches, and odd lag. I’ll definitely give Google’s native implementation a shot though.

  • jfgen

    I don’t see myself using another keyboard other than swiftkey any time soon, but I’ll be checking this when they release it.

    • iamXiV92a

      I love Swiftkey and used to love Swype, but like sandwich said, their update process is cumbersome. I’m looking forward to having this built into AOSP

    • Cwalden21

      I don’t think anything can quite top Swiftkey right now it is pure genius

  • Vance

    I’ve played with a lot of the “Swype-like” keyboards and have to say, I’m really liking the one you featured last week: Keymonk. The two handed swipe ability is awesome and adds a whole new dimension to the technology. I’m definitely still getting used to it, and prefer voice-to-text whenever possible, but Keymonk is a pretty impressive keyboard. I’m sure Google will catch up to, and improve upon that idea in no time!

  • h0ruza

    Coming to a CM10 nightly build near you…

    Happy Days! :-)

  • Dan

    I love Swype and put it on all my Nexus devices. Makes note-taking so much faster and I love impressing my iOS friends with yet another innovation.

    If built-in to the AOSP that would be awesomer!

  • Nathan D.

    Nice, I always like Google and swype and now I have the best of both worlds.

  • stenzor

    I’ve tried swype and found it a bit awkward to use, but i’ll give this one a try

  • Eli Gaffke

    This looks alot like the stock keyboard that came with my GS3. The main thing I didn’t like about it was how the numbers, punctuation and other alternative symbols can’t be accessed through long presses.

  • Greg Gale

    Gesture typing isn’t working for me as well as Swype. It should be basic functionality that a long press on the top row of keys should produce numeric characters. Why didn’t Google include this?

  • kookeetree

    Not a fan of Swyping. Am I the only one that is annoyed that android doesn’t have its own split keyboard option and have to purchase one in the Play store?

  • Roderick

    Love Swyping! It’s easier for write. On the other hand this new gesture typing looks intersting… Meanwhile Let’s Swype!