Stock keyboard to the right (picture borrowed from Phone Area)
Getting scandinavian letters are simple enough:
- Go to the Android Market
- Search and install “Scandinavian Keyboard” (by Trygve Aaberge)
- Go to Phone settings -> Locale & Text
- Check “Scandinavian Keyboard”
- Find an input field (mail, messaging, anything will do).
- Long-press (hold down) at the text field, in the popup select input method
- Choose Scandinavian Keyboard.
- 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!