>The quest for a useful keyboard on Samsung Galaxy


When I first started to use my Samsung Galaxy most of it was just fine. Almost instantly however I started to go nuts on the stock Android keyboard. I was used to my old HTC Magic and figured that I’ll get used to my new one. I didn’t. It’s just not that good, not for me that doesn’t like fullqwerty on phones at least. On top of that I need Scandinavian (or rather Swedish) letters (åäö).

Stock keyboard to the right (picture borrowed from Phone Area)

Getting scandinavian letters are simple enough:

  1. Go to the Android Market
  2. Search and install “Scandinavian Keyboard” (by Trygve Aaberge)
  3. Go to Phone settings -> Locale & Text
  4. Check “Scandinavian Keyboard”
  5. Find an input field (mail, messaging, anything will do).
  6. Long-press (hold down) at the text field, in the popup select input method
  7. Choose Scandinavian Keyboard.
  8. All set!

To make it even more useful you can use a matching dictionary, look at the Scandinavian Keyboard settings in the Locale & Text section for a direct link to the market.

This works like a charm. The keyboard however is still the lousy stock one. My quest continues… Then I found the HTC keyboard online! No root (hacked device) needed. I followed the guide here: http://androinica.com/2009/08/25/how-to-install-the-htc-android-soft-keyboard-without-rooting-your-phone/ Works just fine for me. Note that if you have a Donut device (Android 1.6) you need another version of the HTC_IME.apk. Make a Google search for the file name an you’ll find it, the instructions are the same.

Unfortunately, the Scandinavian keyboard thing above only seems to affect your default keyboard. So now I can choose, being able to write in Swedish, or with a much nicer keyboard. Quite annoying really. I’m guessing that if I found a friend with a Swedish HTC Hero or Magic they could pull out the keyboard with the settings for different languages intact…hmm I need new friends :)

Updates will follow when/if I find a solution!

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Consultant in the area of IT Project Management and project administration. Dedicated technical enthusiast playing with mobiles, computers etcetera. The rest of my time goes into music (mainly guitar or listening) and friends (including my family).

4 thoughts on “>The quest for a useful keyboard on Samsung Galaxy”

  1. >I know a guy who has a magic, and another one who has a hero… But I can't be bothered since I spend all my time playing CoD: MW2!

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  3. My name is Piter Jankovich. oOnly want to tell, that your blog is really cool
    And want to ask you: is this blog your hobby?
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    1. Hi and thank you for your kind words :)
      You could call it hobby I guess. I don’t get paid to do it and there’s no profit in it, so sure.
      Glad you liked it and once again thanks.

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