Google Keyboard for Android Gains One-Handed Typing
Google has updated its Google Keyboard application for Android devices to version 5.1. The improved keyboard now allows users to move the cursor by sliding their finger across the space bar. Other new actions include the ability to delete entire words by sliding left from the delete key, and remove learned or dictionary words by long pressing suggestions. New settings options make it possible to add key borders or symbol hints. Phablet owners will be happy to learn the keyboard now has a one-handed mode for typing on large phones. Last, the keyboard adds gesture typing for a number of new languages, including Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Estonian, Galician, Georgian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malay, Persian, Slovak, Swahili, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Uzbek, and Vietnamese. Google Keyboard 5.1 is free to download from the Google Play Store.
Google Keyboard Lets Users Adjust Key Height
Google is rolling out an update to the Google Keyboard application with a handful of new functions. To start, Android users can now adjust the height of the keyboard between short and tall, with five different heights available in between.
GBoard for Android Adds Editing and Customization Tools
GBoard for Android gained a handful of helpful new features thanks to a fresh update from Google. The keyboard application now comes with a dedicated text editing mode that includes buttons for common actions such as copy, cut, and paste.
BlackBerry Improves Priv's Launcher, Camera, and Keyboard
BlackBerry has updated several apps for the Priv smartphone and added several compelling features along the way. The Priv Launcher now includes separate views of personal and work apps, allows users to remove shortcuts from the home screen via flicking gestures, enables pop-up widgets by default, and improves overlays so users can see more information about apps and other settings.
Voice Typing in Google Search, GBoard for Android Gains 30 New Languages
Google today updated its Google Search and GBoard applications for Android devices and expanded the number of languages supported in voice typing by 30. Google said it worked with native speakers of these languages from around the world to build the needed speech sample data.
BlackBerry Adds Swipe Typing to Priv's Keyboard
BlackBerry Priv smartphone owners can now swipe across the keyboard to input text, rather than press individual letters. BlackBerry says Priv owners have to turn on Type By Swipe manually, and can choose to swipe either on the software keyboard or the physical keyboard.