The Handy New Keyboard Shortcuts In Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Google just rounded up some of their favourite Android tips and tricks, many of which are new to Android 2.3.

Some of the best shortcuts in their roundup involve Gingerbread's new keyboard, which — conveniently — you can also install on your pre-2.3 Android device (bold ours):

  • Shift+Key to capitalise a word: In Gingerbread (and supported hardware), you can Shift+Key to capitalise a letter instead of going to a separate all caps keyboard. This is a lot like how you can slide from the shift key to a letter in iOS.
  • Auto-complete: The space bar lights up when auto-complete can finish a word.
  • Quick replace: Tap on any previously typed word, then tap on a suggestion to automatically replace it with the suggested word. Also similar to, but kind of better than, how iOS now does spelling suggestions.
  • Easy access to special characters (like numbers, punctuation): Press and hold any key to go to the special character keyboard. You can also press and hold the "," key for an extensive punctuation keyboard.

Google also highlights out some of the new visual elements on their blog post, but those keyboard shortcuts are particularly handy.

Some cool Android tips and tricks [Official Google Blog]


    The Quick replace feature doesn't work properly on my phone.

    I've got a HTC Desire running stock Froyo with the Gingerbread keyboard from the XDA forums.

    When I tap on a word and replace it with it just inserts the word where the cursor is instead of replacing the word itself.

    Does anyone else have this issue?

      Yes, I have the same issue - it's a nice feature but definitely not working correctly. I'm running Froyo on an HTC Desire too.

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