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Froyo Feature: A better stock Android keyboard

Not quite sure the stock Android 2.2 keyboard is going to take over the top spot from some of our favorites, but it's definitely getting better. Used to be to type a number or symbol, you'd have to hit the button at the lower left, then hit the key you want. Let's just say I was not a fan.

Now to get a number or symbol, all you have to do is swipe your finger toward to top of the screen from the qwerty row of the keyboard, and you get 'em. It's a small improvement, but definitely a welcome one.

But, wait, there's more. Hold down the ?123 key to bring up the option (OK, that's not new, but it's still good to know). Even better, though, is if you have more than one language installed. If that's the case, you can easily switch from an English QWERTY keyboard to the German QWERTZ keyboard by swiping left and right on the space bar. Huzzah!

(Thanks, Ceasar! Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)

  • Google would have the best keyboard if they would widen the keys and increase the responsiveness. I have smart keyboard installed, but I use the Grey Keyboard most (which is the Android keyboard really).
  • Does anyone know how to put the HTC keyboard back on with Froyo
  • They have the update over at XDA but the speak button is inactive at this point. Guess they need more time. It is the best stock android keyboard in my opinion though.
  • I use Swype on my N1, I'll never give that up unless I have to. I'm just waiting for the official paid version to become available. Google needs to make a deal and have Swype as a option, IMO it's the best keyboard available, and I have tried about all of them
  • Pardon my complete noobyness, but is there a way to get the HTC keyboard on a non modded N1? I'm running 2.2 with the OTA update. I absolutely dislike the stock Android keyboard, but use it for it's reliability. The keyboards on the market are somewhat buggy so I don't bother with those.
  • bleh, just saw someone asked similar question in comments above. I'll just do a little searching around then :)
  • If they could get the 123?! (Number and symbols) menu to stay put when you swipe up in the stock Android keyboard would be almost perfect.
  • Smart keyboard Pro is by far the best keyboard for our phones , nothing else comes close
  • Wow i wasnt expecting for you guys to actually take my tip and include my name in your post. That is cool you guys are awesome. Glad to help...
  • This feature isnt working on my stock 2.2 keyboard. I can swipe to get voice-input, but that is all. Trying to give the 'ol stock keyboard a chance bc the mic is working in only it and not v.25 of the Sense keyboard, but I HATE that i have to switch screens for numbers and symbols. I installed my Froyo rom from Modaco, fwiw. Anybody else not able to swipe?
  • Same here. Swiping brings up voice input. The keyboard does have much better responsiveness though, compared to stock 2.1.