BlackBerry Keyboard app on the Google Play Store receives update

The BlackBerry Keyboard app, found in the Google Play Store, is available to users of BlackBerry branded handsets that run on Google’s open source Android operating system. The virtual QWERTY keyboard features BlackBerry’s flick typing that allows users to see different possible choices for the next word in their sentence, and flick it with their finger into the email or text being written. The video at the top of this story details some of the things that the BlackBerry Keyboard can do.

The app has just received an update that among other things, automatically capitalizes the first …

Android P will turn your phone into a Bluetooth powered keyboard or mouse?

According to a report published on Monday, the next-generation Android P version of the open source OS will add support for the Bluetooth HID device profile service. This will allow your Android P powered handset to be used as a QWERTY keyboard or mouse using Bluetooth. The feature got its start back in 2014 when a member of Qualcomm’s CodeAurora forums submitted a patch for Bluetooth HID.

The next step took place in December 2016 when the patch was added as a commit. Despite that, the feature was disabled on Android releases up through now; it will finally become enabled on Android P after …

Google adds new languages to Gboard keyboard app for Android

Google has just confirmed that its Gboard for Android application now supports more than 300 language varieties, covering 74% of the world’s population – quite an impressive achievement for a keyboard app.

But that’s not all, as Google announced Gboard has been updated with Chinese (both traditional and simplified) and Korean – plus twenty additional languages. Apparently, these were the top two languages that users asked to be added to the keyboard app, and Google delivered.

Google also said that it’s equally focused on making sure lesser-known languages, such as Manx and Maori, …

Alas, Swype keyboard app for Android and iOS gets discontinued

Bad news for fans of one of the most popular keyboard apps – Swype. It appears that Nuance, the company that bought the app seven years ago has decided to discontinue both the Android and iOS apps.

According to a message published by a redditor, the company wishes to rather focus on offering its AI solutions to businesses and will soon leave the direct-to-consumer market.

Nuance will no longer be updating the Swype+Dragon keyboard for Android. We’re sorry to leave the direct-to-consumer keyboard business, but this change is necessary to allow us to concentrate on developing our AI …

Motorola intros two new Moto Mods, including a QWERTY keyboard

Motorola is expanding its Moto Mods portfolio with two new accessories meant to be used alongside Moto smartphones: Lenovo Vital Moto Mod and Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod.

Both will be up for grabs through the Moto Z Market app in the Google Play Store, but only in those countries where the Moto Z is available for purchase. Motorola confirmed the Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod will go on sale later this winter for $99, while the Lenovo Vital Moto Mod should hit the shelves in April for $395.

The most expensive of the two, the Lenovo Vital Moto …

Google's Gboard keyboard app updated with handwriting support, fast delete feature, and more

Google’s popular Gboard virtual keyboard app has been updated for Android. The latest patch brings a bunch of neat functionalities, the most notable being support for handwriting.
If you’d like to give handwriting a try, simply tap on “Language Settings” (you access it with a long press on the spacebar), select your desired language, and then choose handwriting as alayout. This functionality will be most useful for alphabets and writing systems that feature thousands of symbols and characters, but the layout is available for all supported languages.
Other …

Grammarly spelling and grammar checking keyboard app is now available on Android

If you’re an Android user looking for a solid proofreading tool, we have good news for you. Grammarly’s keyboard app is finally available on Google Play.
Grammarly looks and feels just like any other virtual keyboard, but what sets it apart is the magic happening in the suggestion bar. 
Most keyboard apps will give you word suggestions and detect simple spelling mistakes, but Grammarly’s goes further by offering sophisticated grammar and contextual spelling checking, and even corrections on punctuation mistakes. …

SwiftKey Android keyboard app receives update with Quick Paste feature, new languages, and more

The Android version of popular keyboard app SwiftKey has received a new update. The latest patch brings a bunch of neat functionalities, the most notable being a new ‘Quick Paste’ feature.

With Quick Paste, a copied text will appear straight on your prediction bar, which will allow you to paste it with a single tap. Aside from that, the long press action while using Explore By Touch (the swipe-to-type feature) should be easier to pull off. 
Finally, support has been added for the following languages –  Chamorro, Ju|’hoan, …

Android keyboard app leaks personal information about 31 million users

A report published today by the Kromtech Security Center reveals that 31,293,959 users of a Android keyboard app called AI.type have had their personal data stolen and leaked on the internet. 577GB of data was outed thanks to the lack of password protection for the app’s database server. The app, which was launched in 2010, was downloaded about 40 million times from the Google Play Store. According to the report, in addition to the 31.2 million users affected by the leak, another database was found containing an additional 753,456 users.

The information contained in the database …

Microsoft soon to add location sharing feature to SwiftKey keyboard app

When it rains it pours, and that’s what SwiftKey users must think as well seeing that developers push out new updates like there’s no tomorrow. It’s only been a few days since we reported on the last changes the keyboard app gained, and it looks like there’s another update coming to Android devices.

A handful of new features and improvements are expected to hit SwiftKey for Android very soon, but if you’re already using the beta version of the app, you’ll be able to test them out beginning today.

Among the highlights of the update, the team behind SwiftKey …