Adaptxt Beta

Keyboards are a big deal on Android. Some let you swipe, other peck, but regardless of the method, they all have one thing in common: they're how you say anything on your phone. So imagine my excitement when I'm introduced to a new keyboard, promising more bacon never-before-seen levels of text prediction, all in a nice, shiny, new beta package.

I just had to try it out, and it is, in a word, meh. That's not to say it's terrible, but if you're perfectly content with your keyboard (be it Swype, SwiftKey X, SlideIT, or any of the other myriad of keyboards out there), you probably won't be switching over anytime soon.

First thing you've got to do after you've installed Adaptxt Beta is download a language pack. Not a huge deal, and it's not out of the ordinary. The language packs are called add-ons in Adaptxt, but nothing really prompts you to that. It's fairly self-evident because most of your options are greyed out, so go into the Add-on Manager and pick a language.

From there, there's not much to do. The settings menu is pretty barebones. You can enable or disable error correction, auto correction, and define the auto correction mode (which is set to medium by default). There's also an option for an extended character bubble and the interaction feedback settings.

So what's my beef with Adaptxt Beta? For one, I don't think it looks very good. The keys are smaller than on most of the other popular keyboards, the color scheme is unappealing, and the text prediction didn't blow my mind.

In fact, sometimes it feels like Adaptxt is less accurate at predicting than even the stock Android keyboard. Where other keyboards look like they try to make sense of what you're saying (for example, not tossing out seemingly random combinations of letters), Adaptxt Beta does just that. I get that it's trying to make sense of your current keystrokes. Still, it just muddies up the waters. Qua? Eva? Really?

On the upside, maybe we can chalk it up to the fact that it's in beta. Everyone gave Google a pass on their beta stuff, so I'll give KeyPoint Technologies the benefit of the doubt that they'll iron these little niggles out and continue to improve upon their product. At least it's free, right?

We've got download links and more pictures after the break.

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There are 11 comments

iastateboi says:

Another keyboard, yawn

risingevil says:

hey, anyone tried using Flit Keyboard? It looks interesting, but not sure how practical or easy it is to use.

Joshua Munoz says:

Never heard of it. I'll check it out sometime.

chronophilos says:

I normally cycle between Swype and Swiftkey. The latest Swype beta looks extremely nice and has greatly improved prediction management. Swiftkey has even better prediction features and I can have my two main languages set up so I avoid the odd inconvenience (in Swype and every other keyboard out there) of beginning to type in one language when the keyboard is set to the other and have my text become gibberish. I'm not too crazy about the themes though, my favorite layout is still the native stock gingerbread keyboard, which wins in looks (and almost nothing else).
So I haven't decided between Swype and Swiftkey and I realize I don't have to, I swap whenever I feel like it.

I still can't understand why anyone would use a keyboard other than smart keyboard pro.

chronophilos says:

On principle, I dislike an Android keyboard with an iphone skin. If I wanted an iphone, I'd get an iphone.

ScottColbert says:

Because everyone is different and other keyboards work better for them? I tried SKP and found that swift key suits my style better. Different strokes and all that.

I find the word niggles offensive ... :-P

asd216 says:

Keys are too small even on my evo...

noamrotem says:

Why don't you all try A.I.type Keyboard? I'm not objective, I know, but I believe it has the greatest look & feel, it's customizable, and its text prediction / auto correction quality is leading the market.

Try the free version. It's free! (dah...). Then, if you like it, upgrade to the Plus version.

druidx says:

They did have small keys, but I think they have been working to rectify their errors.
Their new updates seem to be going in the right direction, as they have increased the key size and introduced some themes.
I was a swiftkey loyalist, but ever since their last two updates I am beginning to use Adaptxt more.
They just added 12key predictive mode in their latest update as well..
I am going to wait around for more features from their end.
I am not going to completely switch over to Adaptxt, but its good to see some competition for Swiftkey..