Thumb Keyboard is available in the Amazon Appstore today, bringing a great keyboard alternative particularly useful if you frequently use a 7″ or 10.1″ Android tablet. Thumb Keyboard is well worth the normal $3.00 but for free, it really is a steal.
Thumb Keyboard offers a welcome solution to the uncomfortable stretching and juggling that often accompany thumb typing. This app has a keyboard layout to fit your needs, whether you’re typing on your phone or tablet.Choose from seven different keyboard layouts with special accommodations for comfortable thumb-typing. Several layouts are designed specifically for Android phones, each ergonomically designed for fast and comfortable input. Innovative split layouts feature wider keys, better layout for thumb-typing in portrait mode, and increased accessibility to keys when typing in landscape mode. Split layouts for tablets and large-screen devices feature increased accessibility to keys for thumb-typing on 5-inch, 7.1-inch, 8.9-inch, and 10.1-inch tablets.
These layouts offer predefined combinations. You can also choose your own layout combination for portrait or landscape view.Thumb Keyboard offers a whole heap of customizable features. Select your theme, background, keyboard height and width, secondary symbols, key size, font size, and keypress sound. You can also minimize or hide the keyboard; hide the right shift key; mark the two key blocks on the split keyboards with different colors; and access QWERTY, QWERTZ, and AZERTY keyboard layouts.Other features include auto-correction, voice input (Android 2.2+, English only supported), a user dictionary, separate number keys and cursor keys in most layouts, fast switching between layouts, adjustable height (with separate adjustment of bottom bar), and easy popup keyboards (for additional characters, numbers, and smileys). Thumb Keyboard supports text prediction for numerous languages including English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Dutch.
Thumb Keyboard also uses Bigam Prediction, an algorithm that helps you type faster by predicting what you want to say. The system looks at what you have already typed and how it is used in the context of the sentence, and then provides a best guess of what you’d like to say next. With this method, there’s no waiting around for your app to learn how you type. This feature will only work on Android 2.3 and Honeycomb.