Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 21:49 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I bought 8Pen for my Nexus One last night, an alternative, and pretty revolutionary, input method for Android. But how does it stack against normal soft keyboards?
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Thanks for this
by No it isnt on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 22:17 UTC
No it isnt
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2005-11-14

I just learnt about 8pen on some other site today, and thought it looked ... weird. I'm currently using SlideIT, which is kinda like Swype, but I'm not totally happy with it, mainly because slide keyboards are highly dependant on good dictionaries, and the one provided for my language just sucks. Compound words? Forget it. Actually typing in words would be better, but when you type in a word with SlideIT, it will auto-correct it for you to Something Completely Different, unless you are careful.

How is this for non-English? Does it let you write å?

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RE: Thanks for this
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 22:23 in reply to "Thanks for this"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Swype makes it pretty easy to add words to its auto correction database -- too easy for me: mine now has all of my common mispellings.

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RE[2]: Thanks for this
by No it isnt on Thu 4th Nov 2010 00:04 in reply to "RE: Thanks for this"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

It's fairly easy to do in SlideIt as well, but in a compound-heavy language, it just isn't worth it. The main problem is that it insists on inserting a space between words, even when none is called for. There's actually a setting for this -- "automatically insert space" -- but either it works differently or not at all. Perhaps I should just file a bug report.

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RE: Thanks for this
by Eugenia on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 22:23 in reply to "Thanks for this"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

Yes, it lets you write all these accented characters by pressing and holding the gesture of the equivalent English character before returning to the Spacebar circle. It didn't have Greek character support though (my native language), just Northern European characters with diacritics.

Edited 2010-11-03 22:25 UTC

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RE[2]: Thanks for this
by Moredhas on Thu 4th Nov 2010 07:38 in reply to "RE: Thanks for this"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

It can't be long before they add support for other languages. 8pen were probably either all English-speakers, or aiming for the greatest exposure first. I expect the next releases will just have different layouts for having diacriticals in the default positions, but Greek can't be far off. It would require a lot of research and focus testing, I'd think. I'm curious to see how they do Asian language support, if they ever do it.

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RE[2]: Thanks for this
by cygnus on Thu 4th Nov 2010 08:17 in reply to "RE: Thanks for this"
cygnus Member since:
2010-11-04

what keyboard *does* have greek language support? Apart from stock android and htc_ime, i haven't found any. Swype supposedly supports it, but not on the user-downloadable beta versions...

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