HTC Sense 6 Input keyboard

Like other parts of HTC Sense 6, the HTC Sense Input keyboard has made its way to Google Play. That means that HTC can now push updates to the keyboard with ease and not have to lean on a full system update just to tweak the keyboard — and that updated can go out to all supporting devices instead of waiting for each device update to be completed and then waiting again for carrier approval.

Of course, a move to the Play Store wouldn't be complete without at least a few minor updates:

  • Support Google extract view in landscape mode.
  • Add the prompt when adding none word into personal dictionary.
  • Show .ru/.ro/.nl on Russian/Romanian/Dutch URL keyboard.
  • Enable Handwriting manual submit mode.
  • Fix Zhuyin "ㄦ" cannot be typed issue.

Other components of Sense 6, like HTC Gallery, Blinkfeed, and SenseTV have all moved to Google Play for the same reasons — easier, faster, and carrier-free updates to the apps that devices owners use.

Source: Google Play

 

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HTC moves Sense Input keyboard onto Google Play

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Has anyone uploaded the apk for other devices yet?

Posted via Galaxy Note 3, OnePlus One, or Nexus 7 (2012)

L keyboard looks more sexy. See how sexy this post looks? All Android L baby yeah! Breath in the ambience.

Posted via Ash Williams Boom Stick!

I'm glad that they'll be able to update it, as it could use some performance enhancements, but, that app icon.... Holy hell.

I'm probably not the only one who lost their shit when they saw the app icon
Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5

I've tried a few third-party keyboards, but I prefer the HTC input method. I guess I've gotten used to the arrow keys row. Anyway, glad to see more HTC apps in the Play Store now.

Posted via AC App on HTC One

Back when I was contractually bound to a woefully bad HTC product *cough Thunderbolt cough*, I made the switch to SwiftKey via Amazon free app of the day. Far superior to HTC keyboard AND had the arrow row at the bottom as well, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion even if it's wrong lol

Opinions of this user may be biased due to being one of those Nexus people.

Yes, three years old software... HTC keyboard is way better now (fact).

It's one of the bests for me (opinion).

Posted via Android Central App

After the freemium release, I used SwiftKey for several weeks, which is longer than I've been able to tolerate other third-party keyboards. It's nice, especially the number row. And I really like the colorful themes, layout and size options. However, when a preview of the Android L keyboard was placed in the Play Store, I decided to give that a try instead.

The L keyboard seemed fast and compact, but the color sort of clashed/doesn't appear to fit in with my current device. I also didn't like the borderless keys, and missed the arrow row. With no options to change those things, I switched back to using HTC's keyboard.

I think the HTC Sense input method is a better fit, predicts my next word well, and has a professional-look. Apparently, that's just my "wrong" opinion, though.

Anyway, I'll give the L keyboard another try when it's officially released. And I'll definitely use SwiftKey again when I'm in the mood for more color and customizing.

Posted via AC App on HTC One

More than likely it is going to be incompatible from the play store for everyone. It will look to see what phone you are using and block it.

Head over to XDA if you really want this junk (it is pretty bad compared to what is out there) in a day or two. I should be there.

Just been on the play store and it seems like a bad rip old, terrible icon and terrible previews.

Posted via Android Central App on nexus 7 (2nd gen)

Nice to see HTC try and put as much updates as they can back in there hands and out of the Carriers hands.

High Five HTC!

Well if it isn't about damn time. I had sent emails and made so many post about HTC and others leveraging the play store back when I had my HTC Hero! It's nice to see that someone finally gets it. Now if each manufacturer would allow you to remove or add their GUI from the store instead of forking the echo system things would be even better for the end user. Way to go HTC.

HTC keyboard is by FAR the most responsive of any on Android - including Swiftkey. The Google Keyboard update looks great but the responsiveness is awful. You can theme the HTC keyboard via ViperOne ROM if you want the material look. I hope they don't update it too much tbh as it breaks the themes from Viper!

Until they make those damn keys bigger I'm sticking with the Google Keyboard, it looks and works fantastically. I hated that keyboard as soon as I turned on the device, the soft feedback is just... weird. *shudder*

Glad to see they are updating it though. Also, that icon needs to change, holy hell HTC that's embarrassing!