Android Keybords.... are they going in the right direction or am I a minority??

I have 4 keyboards installed that I seem to constantly switch between: Swype, Swiftkey, Gboard and the stock android.

There's pros and cons to most but it seems that its moving in the "emoji" direction at the cost of basic functionality.  My favourite has always been Swype (and dragon voice recognition) as it has swype shortcuts for the clipboard, emojis, punctuation and letter case that none of the other keyboards have.  They've recently changed this and its driving me mad.

Does anyone else use the keyboard for work or are we all talking with emojis now?
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by:Brian Matis
I have wondered of late, if we're essentially bringing back hieroglyphics... And in some cases, they do seem kind of silly.

But, I can see some useful purpose behind emojis, especially in conveying a bit more emotion and levity. Text on its own can be notoriously bad at that and frequently comes across as being in a much harsher tone than the writer intended. So, even it it seems kind of silly, any attempt at getting friendlier or clearer communication is encouraging. :-)
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by:Brian Matis
One question for you though, since I'm not an Android user, could you clarify what you mean by how those keyboards are moving in the emoji direction at the cost of basic functionality? What was it that went away that caused problems for you?
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by:Rob
They've brought in special emoji keyboards and moved away from simple swipe emojis eg swiping from j to h would give you a smiley. Is still has an autocorrect for a smiley but is just annoying that it used to do it.

Accuracy of the keyboards has dropped and I'm not sure why.

Don't get me wrong! I definitely think there's a place for emojis. Maybe I should use them more, but it seems I'm not the only one (see reviews):
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nuance.swype.dtc

Install the iOS version and see what you think: http://www.swype.com/product-features/ios/features.html
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by:James Bilous
I use the default keyboard that comes with Android and it seems to work well. Last time i used Swype it would lock up and do all sorts of strange things - the swipe emoji thing is interesting though (not that I'm a big fan of emojis myself).
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by:Juana Villa
I have my android for a little while. So, I cannot compare it with the previous version. For me works fine; however, I love emojis :D <3
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by:Lucas Bishop
Keyboard shmeeboard. It all comes down to the quality of voice-to-text for me. The less time I'm tapping/swiping on my screen the better.
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by:Rob
Lucas, how do you go with punctuation, new lines etc. That's always stopped me using voice...
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by:Lucas Bishop
You speak the punctuation term. "period, comma, question mark, etc."

Then when it's all drafted I just go back and clean up any mistakes. Saves me a lot of time.
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by:Brian Matis
@Lucas: I hear you on that. I've had a tough time switching to that style, but I've tried to use it more and more and been rather pleased. I think the biggest reason I've had a difficult time switching was due to experiences long ago with really early speech-to-text not working well, but it is sooooo much better now.
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by:Lucas Bishop
I try to use the voice activation as much as possible. For starting phone calls and writing/reading texts. If you start by memorizing the basics here, it is a great start:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/the-complete-list-of-siri-commands/
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by:Lucas Bishop
@rob you helped me learn that "new line" is how you do line breaks. I was always handling those manually during a clean-up pass. Go figure. Here's a full dictation guide: http://www.siriuserguide.com/siri-dictation-guide/

I guess you are using android so it's not as relevant, but I imagine the dictation is nearly the same for any device.
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by:Brian Matis
That's a nice list, thanks for the link Lucas! I'll definitely have to start practicing some of those.
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by:Rob
Ha great list! :-)

I can't wait to hear you talking to yourself 😂  and there always some things that I never want to say out loud but when I do I'll have that list! Thanks!

Is there a way to "escape" a trigger word? E.g. When I want to write out "new line"?
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by:Brandon Lyon
I use Swiftkey because it's more customizable than the default Android keyboard. It also syncs my keyboard preferences and corrections/dictionary between several devices. Emoji aren't on the default screeen in Swiftkey, at least using the theme I have. I don't use swipe gestures, I disabled those on purpose.

When I use a stylus for handwriting I switch back to the default Android handwriting keyboard.

I don't use voice keyboard input so I don't know which works best for that.
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