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The Fix: Type faster on your smartphone

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The Fix: Type faster on your smartphone

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Take your typing to the next level with some insider tips about smartphone keyboard enhancements.

[MUSIC] If you're not a whiz at typing on your smartphone, I'm here to tell you it's probably not your fault. There are dozens of factors that make typing on a smartphone a total nightmare. It could be the, size of the screen, or the size of your hands, or auto correct software or the spacing between the keys. Fortunately if you and your keyboard software aren't getting along, there are some great options out there worth trying. I am gonna show you four keyboard replacements for android, that with any luck will also come out to iPhone users this Fall with IOS 8. Let's start with the Google keyboard one that you'll probably never see on the Apple's app store. Now, just because you're running Android, doesn't mean you're actually using Google's stock Android keyboard. In many cases, like on this HTC 1M8, you get the manufacturer's spin on the keyboard. If you do nothing else, look up the Google keyboard in the Play Store and give it a shot. It's a free download, and for a lot of people, it's the keyboard to end all keyboards. Aside from having a nice spacing, and space to type option for one finger typing. There are features here that Google is uniquely great at. One is text to speech, which Google has been perfecting for years in a quick brown box. The other intelligent predictive text boss where that mines everything that Google knows about you to predict your next word is the next best thing to a full Google brain transplant. And did I mention it's free? Another great option out there that's free is SwiftKey. This one also does a great job of tailoring its predictive text suggestions based on the access you give it to your emails and your text messages. I don't know why, it creeps me out more than Google's constant spying on me. But at least the process is entirely opt-in. SwiftKey does a lot of what Google keyboard does, swipe typing, predictive text, custom dictionaries. But what makes SwiftKey unique, is that the keyboard itself can be resized to matched up nicely with those sausages you call fingers. Just press and hold the SwiftKey icon and you get a menu of all sorts of resizing options. Next up we have Swipe, which is well worth the 3.99 price tag. Swipe was one of the first companies to come up with the whole one finger swiping texting method. And are arguably the best at it. If you really wannz be speedy with one finger typing, this is the one. And because they're owned by Nuance, you also get their whole Dragon Dictation software built in, which does a great job of letting you dictate your writing. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. But if the whole Swype typing thing just doesn't feel natural, give Fleksy a shot. 3.99, but this is my choice if you wanna just get blazing fast at typing. There's no Swipe text, no dictation, just an insanely smart and forgiving autocorrect and the ability to move forward and backward through your sends by flicking left and right. You can mash on this thing in a wild, drunken. Stupor and it still makes sense. When you go full Jedi, you can even make the keyboard invisible and then just trust in the force to make a coherent sentence. [MUSIC] So there you have it. Four ways to take your smartphone typing to the next level. Now instead of hunting and pecking, you'll be swiping and dictating and mashing your way to a better keyboard experience. [MUSIC]

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