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is there some easy way to get a better keyboard on the Nexus One? The default keyboard has way to small buttons and it's hard to use.

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possible duplicate of Alternative keyboards –  Arda Xi Sep 16 '10 at 4:55
    
see also: phones with built-in QWERTY keyboards android.stackexchange.com/questions/187/… –  Michael Paulukonis Sep 17 '10 at 13:53

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There are a ton of keyboard apps out there -- check out the market for both free and paid.

I hate tapping and tapping, and there are at least two slide-the-finger virtual keyboards available:

Swype is my favorite -- but that's only been out in a limited beta for Android, so far. Maybe again....

ShapeWriter is a good substitute... but that's off the market due to a post-merger company re-org (kids, THIS is why FLOS is a Good Idea). Hit up google, and you'll find a few people that have the .apk available, though. Here's one (as of Sept 2, 2010).

JetKeys is one of the weirdest that I've seen. Not a glider -- touch in the center of key, then slide in a direction to select alternate characters. Great idea, weird to use.


I have some more notes in a blog post.

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Can't really get Swype because of the beta. Would like to try shapewriter, but I really don't like downloading software that is not on the marketplace. So this question is still unsolved imho. –  grm Sep 7 '10 at 8:53
    
There is another slide-the-finger virtual keyboard called SlideIT. –  Lie Ryan Dec 7 '10 at 23:09
    
Getting the Swype beta isn't difficult, but you do have to sign up. Then just download & install the Swipe Installer .apk and let it do its thing. –  Nick Dixon May 30 '11 at 1:01

The just-announced Android 2.3 has a much-improved keyboard. The Nexus One will almost certainly get Gingerbread, and sooner than most.

However, you can get the Gingerbread keyboard on your phone now. https://market.android.com/details?id=com.moo.android.inputmethod.latin.free

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Video of the Gingerbread keyboard here, for those that like to see before they try: androidguys.com/2010/12/07/hands-gingerbread-keyboard –  GAThrawn Dec 8 '10 at 0:50
    
it is now no longer necessary to be rooted to install Gingerbread keyboard on pre-Gingerbread phones: market.android.com/… –  Lie Ryan May 28 '11 at 9:37
    
Cool. Thanks @Lie. I've updated my answer accordingly. –  Al E. May 28 '11 at 16:14

There should be some stuff on XDA Developers (http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=560) just do some searching at that link. I've seen droid keyboards floating around and I bet someone has one ported for the Nexus.

I would also check out Swype (have to go to their website to get it http://www.swypeinc.com/) and Swiftkey Beta (can be downloaded from marketplace. Both of these are the best keyboards I have used because they both allow quick typing and aren't overly annoying with suggestions.

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You can try SlideIt from the Android Market : - https://market.android.com/details?id=com.dasur.slideit.vt.lite&feature=search_result

Its much better than swype in my experience !

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I recommend ThickButtons keyboard which I have been using for years. Free tool, and it uses predictive text algorithm to enlarge the most-probable keys for the next character. Really good for my fat fingers and thumbs.

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