Keymonk Is A Super Fast Swype-Like Android Keyboard

Android: Keymonk is a new Android keyboard replacement that takes the idea of swiping your fingers across letters to input text up a notch. Turn your phone sideways and use both thumbs to input text, or put it in portrait mode and use one — either way it's fast, accurate and free.

We love Swype, the Android keyboard that pioneered the idea of drawing your words instead of tapping them, and even though it recently updated, it's not for everyone. If you don't like the idea of drawing your words, Keymonk won't appeal to you, but if you miss being able to use your thumbs, Keymonk combines the best of both worlds: fast landscape input with your thumbs, and fast portrait input with one or two fingers.

You can see how the app works in the video above. The developers say that the app was designed for speed, and it showed when we tested the app. Overall, it felt faster at recognising the words I typed, even if some of them were wrong. Though using my thumbs in landscape mode felt awkward at first, eventually I stopped whacking my thumbs into one another.

Keymonk is free and available now at Google Play. There is a $4 "full version" available that allows you to add custom words to the dictionary, hide the suggestions list if you're just that accurate, unlocks the settings screen, and lets you auto-add spaces after punctuation marks so you don't have to. Grab the free version if you're interested in giving it a shot.

Keymonk [Google Play]


    Well I'm a huge Swype fan but I gave this a go and I must say I really like it - love the sweep concept - like sweeping left on punctuation key adds a comma and sweeping numbers lets you pick a single number easily. I've bought the premium version already and going to give it a proper workout.

    Not a bad effort. Still falls short of the latest Swype Beta though -- the one where you can finally change the theme. Although, sweeping delete-left to delete entire words is pretty awesome, and something Skype really needs.

    However, once you get the hang of using Swype's gestures, it's hard to imagine using anything else:

    Although, SwiftKey Flow is definitely going to be something to keep an eye on:

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