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FlexT9 - English (Australia) Text Input System for Android FREE until 14 Sept

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Saw it on Ausdroid, FlexT9 - English (Australia) is FREE until 14 September 2011. It's a 4-in-one keyboard that lets you to tap (like Android keyboard), swipe (like Swype), voice dictate or write. I have just installed it on both my Nexus One and Optus MyTab, and so far so good. Not as bloated as Swype (and faster). More accurate than SlideIT (which I have purchased). Voice dictation is okay, although you need network as it's done on the server side.

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  • +6 votes

    Used it for 30 seconds, already love it over swype.

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      Me too, seems like a great app.

      • +3 votes

        yup.. enjoying the swipe and voice features, quite accurate too. But used it < 1 hr and found a bug using 'whatsapp' :). A friend also verified this.

        After swipe'ing the first word. Multiple taps on 'delete' would repeat the word, not really removing the first word. Only workaround found is to press & hold on 'delete'.
        Seems to affect 'whatsapp' for now. SMS seems to be fine. Does anyone else also encounter this?

        But overall really enjoying this. Thanks!

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          Yeap just noticed it and have found it very annoying..

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          Ahh so that's what it was… noticed it last night but didn't investigate further as I was in the middle of washing dishes at the time.

          More versatile than the shapewriter beta I've been using. Was all excited about the voice input (I currently have to change keyboards to be able to call up the Google version) until I realised it needed network connectivity. Still pretty good though.

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      Yes .. it seems pretty good. The voice recognition mode is surprisingly accurate as well!

  • +1 vote

    Works great even on the smaller phones (320x240) - esp. in landscape mode.
    Fantastic, much better than Swype in landscape mode if you have an Android phone with smaller display. Not to mention it has more features.

  • +2 votes

    Love the "biker" video on the market page.

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    Does the Android market work like Itunes, in that you have an account that has a history of all your purchases? So that if you download an app when offered free, it is always free on your account if you download it to other devices?

    My wife has the first Android mobile, the HTC Dream (aka Google T1). Would this work on that?

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      No, the android market doesn't support changing a free app to a paid app. It also doesn't record the free apps in your account, once you uninstall it its lost. They'll probably release a paid version and take the free version out of the market after the 14th of Sept.

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        Just backup the APK file using something like "Astro File Manager". There's a function in there to backup any installed app. It's free and doesn't require and modifications to your phone! ;)

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        android market actually keeps a list of downloaded apps somewhere, just not visible through latest market app.
        when i flashed a fresh rom with old market place it showed all the free apps i had downloaded which was nice, but as soon as market updated itself couldn't see the list anymre

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        YES - android market keeps a list and history of all your previously installed apps - You just need to log in the the android market on a normal PC

  • +1 vote

    the link to the post on ausdroid is slightly off and tries to direct to ozbargain.
    but the end of the link is right…
    here's the correct link

    • +2 votes

      I wasn't game enough to tell scotty that he had a wrong link. Thanks for doing the dirty work.

      • +2 votes

        i will admit i was a bit hesitant and scared to do it in fear of banishment but i took the plunge :P

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      LOL. Sorry about that. Link fixed.

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    Nice app, I can see my SMS reply rate increasing now

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    I got this via Amazon appstore a while back.

    Is it really lighter than Swype? I have both installed and cannot yet see the difference in loading times or input lag.

  • +1 vote

    Using it now to type this. Can't say it's any faster than swype but I'm using it on an Optus mytab which isn't in the approved list. I don't like the idea of server side voice processing so won't use that but I'll leave it on here to further evaluate it.

  • +1 vote

    What I wanna know is, why the H doesn't the official android market website have barcodes so I can just snap it and get the app?

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      Just sign in with your account at the top, then click Install.

      • +1 vote

        See thats the problem…

        A) what if its a friends/colleagues PC, and they are like, wow look at this cool app. I wouldn't want to have to sign on their PC just to get the download.

        B) I haven't been able to get my market account to work properly, ever. I use a google apps account, I think it has something to do with that.

    • +2 votes

      or snap this on your phone with a QR reader:

      FelxT9 QR Code

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        See how hard is it to put one of those on each page, like appbrain etc do/did.

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          they need to add it…

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          Fair enough chux, well not really, because appbrain always had semi-push installs. But see my point A) above, why should I have to log in on someone elses PC just to get the app (assuming my market account did actually work properly, which it doesn't).

  • +3 votes

    I've had it since it was free on the Amazon App store. It craps all over Swype because its more accurate and you dont get the words popping up in the middle of the screen of what swype thinks you're trying to type. Instead, its in a little bar above. On the Galaxy S, the keyboard takes up slightly more of the screen compared to swype which means if you like to read over your messages from people and type, it can get a little annoying having to scroll. But, i love this app. It worried me a little when i first downloaded it and it asked for my permission to store info.. so you have to be careful about credit card details and what not. Take advantage of this.. If you dont like lit, uninstall it.. but its definitely the best keyboard i've ever used.

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      swype just got updated to beta v3 and now suggestions arent a pop up but are above they keyboard as they are with this keyboard.

      See here

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      The new Swype v3 beta is more accurate now (doesn't lose accuracy over time, I've heard) and it also now has word suggestions displayed as a bottom bar instead of smack bang in the middle of the text input field.

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      So how do you update swype then? It comes pre-installed on the galaxy s.. so im unsure whether it gets updated in the android market..?

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        There's a swype beta that can be downloaded from http://beta.swype.com/ BUT you need to uninstall swype from your galaxy s. You MIGHT be able to do this via titanium backup or reflash your phone without swype

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          Hmm.. nah i definitely aint gona reflash. I'm enjoying Flex T9 anyway.. although it does seem to take a little longer to load.. but im happy with it =)

  • +2 votes

    Absoulutely AWESOME ! dictated a complicated message perfectly 1st time. Bloom'n BRILLIANT!!!
    Thanks Scotty and thanks for the QR Chux, it w i p e d a lot of time off getting the app :-)

    10/10

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    Any chance someone could provide a link to the apk or email me the apk? Would love to try it on my archos 101.

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    is it possible to download this to my netbook and transfer it to a device that can use it when I eventually come out of the cave and get one (device that can use it)? …or do I just wing it and hope that another one comes along when I need it?

  • +1 vote

    I dont know, if I will be using it or not. + vote only for this app to be free for Android.
    I am sick of getting IOS apps free.

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    so far i'm hooked. certainly a great improvement over swype :)

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    The developers web page is:

    http://www.nuance.com/for-individuals/by-product/flex-t9-for...

    I suppose all those with questions could look there for answers…

    :-)

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    I've been using Swype for a long time, and I gave this a go.

    It seems lighter and snappier than Swype, but the one thing that's keeping me on Swype is the ease of punctuation input. In Swype you just drag from Z -> spacebar to get an exclamation mark, and from m -> spacebar to get a question mark. I know it's a matter of practice, but I'm too used to the Swype way.

    Also the Whatsapp word repeating bug is really annoying.

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    Great keyboard but not better than Swype 3.0 Beta. The 3.0 beta has predictive entry and swiping with Swype is more accurate in my tests. Swype is much more tolerant of mistakes and randomness. FlexT9, you need to be a little more accurate when you swipe.

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    nice one. works on the Nexus One perfectly

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    sorry if this sounds stupid, but is this going to replace my current keyboard or will I get the option to use this or the stock one?

    I am a little hesitant to install this as I am afraid it will screw up my stock HTC Desire HD keyboard.

    Anyone else tried it on this device and still favors this over the stock one?

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      better than stock, you can still use stock keyboard after installing

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        cool, i will give it a whirl.

        this is free for now but can we get updates on it after it becomes a paid app? probably not until we pay i guess?

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          I bought wavesecure that then went paid for and support has continued for me so I presume it's the same here..

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    Works pretty well on my Desire HD. Markedly better than the stock keyboard.

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    Love it.

    Thank you!!

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    Will try it and see if it's really better than swipe.

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    tried flexT9 before….works better than Swype and original Android2.2's factory default.
    (had an optimus one)

    Then also installed Gingerbread 2.3 keypad. I think the 2.3 version works the best and faster.
    Voice input works quite accurate too.

    T9 probably good for writing input.

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      • u just to balance out the -ve.

      well 2.3 keyboard was nice too, just diff. T9 offers writing,swyping, and type.

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    this is awesome! I can auctually write quicker msgs now :)

  • +1 vote

    This is great, but will we have to pay to keep it post Sept?

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    Got it now thanks!

    I'm really amazed at how accurate it seems to be so far!

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    Do I have to switch to non FlexT9 whenever I type my personal details to prevent it from being "collected"?

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      its just a generic android message for any keyboard installed

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        Ahh ok got ya, thanks.

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          There is a potential security flaw that can be exploited, but it depends on whether or not the software "talks back" to a server online. Some applications do this, and are therefore unsafe. When installing software, you should do so at your own risk. When there are updates, software that may have passed vulnerability testing, may then be open to further loop holes or back doors. This is general information. If you are concerned, you can use a firewall, to make sure your applications do not have network connectivity etc.

  • +3 votes

    Highest voted deal scotty ever get? LOOL:P

  • +1 vote

    thank you op. loving this keyboard, have it installed on my HTC desire and SGT. :)

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    Great! I am using it to key in this comment.

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    Can someone post the direct dl link without sign in? :P

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    Thanks Scotty….great program!
    Hey, not sure if I am the only one here, but does anyone have a message warning coming up when installing, it warns that program if install can keep a track of your key logging or something similar …..which sorts of worry me a bit given I do all my banking on my Galaxy Tab. Not sure if it is caution form Antivirus program or just Google Market in general?
    Should I be concern….any Techie can confirm here it is safe for internet banking? Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    It's a neat program, sure beats android 2.2 default keyboard. Not very accurate though, going to switch back to swype beta

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    is there a way to download it and save the file for installation at a later date?

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      definitely mate. it's probably standard practice to backup all your apps. There's a number of ways to do it.

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    Has anyone used this on SGS II and found it more accurate than Swype?

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    Pretty good. its actually better than Swype…

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    Seems very good. Thanks.

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    Great keyboard, Thanks excellent predictive text

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