After extensively reviewing more than 15 keyboards for Android phones we established that each one has its own strengths and weaknesses and it was up to the user to decide which features and characteristics best suited their needs. Throughout our continued testing, we have also encountered some neat tips and hidden features that we would like to share with you guys.
Today we will be focusing on Samsung’s native keyboard which can be found on the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab. One of the biggest advantages to this keyboard is that it comes default with your device (also it’s free), so let’s switch it on and try it out! Here’s how:
How to set the Samsung Keyboard as the input method
Menu > Setting > Locale and text > Select input method > Samsung Keyboard.
Alternatively you can long press on any input field then the ‘Select input method’ windows will come up.
Hidden features of Samsung Keyboard
1. Change Input Language On-the-fly
Swipe the space bar left and right to change the input language. If you are bi or tri lingual, this will be especially useful.
To select which languages are available, go to Menu > Setting > Samsung Keyboard > Input languages : choose languages you’d like to use.
2. Embedded Voice recognition
This one isn’t so hidden, but FYI that little mic can do some miraculous things: I remember one time I used a sentence involving the term Southern Belle and the voice recognition spelled it verbatim rather than using the more common “bell.” Smart.
How to use it: click the mic button and say whatever you want. Even your deepest, darkest secrets.
3. Quick-Switch from Alphabet to Numbers/Symbols
Swipe keyboard left or right or vice versa to change which layout is displayed. For best results swipe from the outermost key to the opposite outermost key.
4. Emoticons shortcut
Long press period(.) to bring up emoticons.
5. Additional Website Suffixes
Long press the ‘.com’ button to choose a different suffix.
6. Precise Cursor
Longpress on text to bring up the cursor which can then be dragged along a word.
There ya have it folks, if you have any more tips or know of any hidden shortcuts, comment us below!