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Swype-like virtual keyboard

asked 2013-12-24 18:09:29 +0300

updated 2016-02-02 12:56:12 +0300

meldolion gravatar image

Coming from an N9, I would like to have a "swype-like", "slide keyboard" input method on my Jolla, it greatly improves the speed and accuracy of typing, especially in one-handed use. Android also has this by default, but N9's swype is/was better.


Any news from dev team? Would it ever be possible to add a third-party keyboard at least?

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Hi all, Swype like Keyboard is working as already stated in some of these answers here before. Our dear community got it implemented and i am very happy that this missing feature is now with us. :-D So everybody who need this feature can download "OKboard" via openrepos and also select its language package, if it is already available

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Coming from N900 & Communicator series I found Swype to be absolutely essential on N9.

Faz ( 2013-12-24 19:11:52 +0300 )edit

I could not live without it at this point. I find myself swyping all the time on Jolla's keyboard, only to realise that it doesn't work :( It's become second nature to me.

Orologiaio ( 2013-12-24 19:39:57 +0300 )edit

Surely a swype keyboard would be a natural fit for the entirely gesture-based Sailfish interface. I have to say I was surprised that it was not included.

strongm ( 2013-12-24 21:39:55 +0300 )edit

There's an existing thread at Swype's official forums here. Would recommend adding to it to show level of interest & support.

Faz ( 2013-12-24 23:36:31 +0300 )edit

I'm also swyping all the time on My Jolla. Can't wait to get it on My Precious!!! On N9 it was working perfectly!

matimilko ( 2013-12-25 21:17:59 +0300 )edit

Is there a way we might be able to use Android keyboards? That would solve the Swype issue.

strongm ( 2014-01-04 18:23:23 +0300 )edit

I swyped with my Nokia 700, then updated the phone... :-( I'm not double-thumbing while typing so having something like swype on the Jolla would be nice. That type of keyboard entry works well with smaller screens, btw.

vattuvarg ( 2014-02-15 10:46:16 +0300 )edit

I'm also missing this feature, switching from N9 to Jolla.

arno784 ( 2014-04-14 13:19:33 +0300 )edit

I have been using both iPhone and N9 before buying Jolla, and Swype on N9 is absolutely great. Not perfect for cyrillic input (especially with various punctuation), but still awesome. I am now constantly trying to swipe on a Jolla keyboard. Swype type keyboard also fits the gesture-heavy paradigm of the Sailfish OS well.

Flickta ( 2014-05-15 09:29:03 +0300 )edit

maybe SwiftKey??

MarKaz ( 2014-06-17 13:38:54 +0300 )edit

Fyi Swype for Android is accessing location. That's a battery drain and over reach.

aironeousb ( 2014-07-01 18:03:08 +0300 )edit

I don't care about swype but I care about skype on jolla

unlikeyou ( 2014-07-01 18:32:18 +0300 )edit

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answered 2017-05-13 10:43:37 +0300

vattuvarg gravatar image

Demonstration of Loopen virtual keyboard for Sailfish OS

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hej, my uncle told me i should contact you. i followed you then because i didn't know how to write personal messages here. now i found your comment and thought i could contact you this way. I'm trying to compile Hungarian language with 100k words, but it runs since Sunday making clusters so i thought i search for any information on this topic. hälsingar, i believe you say that, Sebastian

smatkovi ( 2018-07-03 21:20:56 +0300 )edit

@smatkovi - I am sorry but i can't help you. The loopen keyboard is a project by Jimmy Huguet and others. I just wanted people to know about it.

vattuvarg ( 2018-07-05 12:50:41 +0300 )edit

actually yesterday the program finished calculating and it is working now. offtopic: you should know my uncle benno :)

smatkovi ( 2018-07-05 13:25:15 +0300 )edit

Get him on the forum and we'll see... :)

vattuvarg ( 2018-07-05 16:13:09 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-02-02 12:45:50 +0300

meldolion gravatar image

Hi all, Swype like Keyboard is working as already stated in the meanwhile before. Our dear community got it implemented and i am very happy that this missing feature is now with us. :-D So everybody who need this feature can download "OKboard" via openrepos and also select its language package, if it is already available.

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answered 2015-04-07 18:44:03 +0300

wisdomlight gravatar image best ever!!!!!!!!!!!

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It would be nice if you could explain why...

vattuvarg ( 2015-04-07 22:08:10 +0300 )edit

I have key monk long ago on my android based machine, you work with two finger simultaneously and once you get use to it normal swype seems primitive.

I seriously would pay £3 for such an up!!!

wisdomlight ( 2015-06-16 20:32:52 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-12-16 18:56:12 +0300

ropelius gravatar image

updated 2015-12-16 18:57:44 +0300

There is source and instructions in this github websites:

But I have no clue how to do any of those keyboard things, I appreciate very much if someone could build an rpm package

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also here:

ropelius ( 2015-12-16 18:57:10 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-02-02 21:17:12 +0300

Mr.Pancake gravatar image

@meldolion the question can not be considered answered, since OKBoard only supports latin alphabets. For example, I could be interested in English and Russian.

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I think you can "train" it to support more languages. Community work is needed AFAI understand.

ApB ( 2016-02-02 21:52:53 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-04-07 15:28:29 +0300

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updated 2015-04-07 15:29:02 +0300

Swype-like keyboard is a real must-have for me. But the problem is that (imho) Jolla is too small to spent it's precious manpower on it, and we still have no paid app support in Jolla Store to make it intresting for SWYPE to invest into SFOS version development.

Would be great to have any update on this from Jolla team.

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Are there projects to inject some crowdfunding vitamins into?

vattuvarg ( 2015-04-07 22:22:52 +0300 )edit

@vattuvarg Look at the most voted answer in this thread ( - @Dinesh was doing a job, but no updates on it's progress since Dec'14...

rburkhanov ( 2015-04-08 02:34:40 +0300 )edit

@rburkhanov - That is exactly why i asked.

vattuvarg ( 2015-04-08 10:09:13 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-01-03 13:55:44 +0300

sweden man gravatar image

Another keyboard than the original Is a must have for me since I cant write on that one and the main reason my Jolla phone have been put away for over a year now.Looking monthly if there has been update to fix this but sadly none,

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What is the problem that keeps you from using the standard SailfishOS keyboard?

vattuvarg ( 2016-01-03 19:31:18 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-07-03 04:33:06 +0300

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updated 2014-07-03 04:35:17 +0300

Stop it! Nothing jolla can do with swype and skype, it is not open source

I gradually find lumia phone appealing, especially with the next pureview camera flagship with 8.1, and yes, it has swype like keyboard and native skype

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Sailfish OS runs commercial apps already. Swype is a bit more difficult which is why I'm following the Skeyer project closely. An open-source keyboard feels a bit safer, imho. ...but the pureview cameras are nice.

vattuvarg ( 2014-07-03 10:23:18 +0300 )edit

If everybody kept repeating the "it's not open source, nothing can be done about it" mantra, there would be no open software at all. While it may be true for applications based on proprietary protocols like Skype or WhatsApp (even if they get reverse engineered from time to time, with a bit of luck and effort), it has no sense for a thing like a slide keyboard input method, which can be recreated from scratch as open software, for the benefit of the whole community... and it is actually already being done by two different projects. Here is one, here is the other.

Orologiaio ( 2014-07-03 12:24:28 +0300 )edit

Gesture typing is not tied to the Swype keyboard developed by Nuance. The keyboard on WP8.1 is developed purely by Microsoft. There are tons of keyboard that support gesture typing on the Play Store, even "Google Keyboard". The opensouce Android custom rom CyanogenMod has a modified version of the AOSP keyboard that integrates gesture typing.

theSyd ( 2015-03-15 19:03:59 +0300 )edit
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