March 14, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson
On-screen keyboard SlideIT by Israeli developer Dasur is one of the true Swype competitors; and unlike Swype – it’s actually available in the Android Market. Both are gesture-based text input systems, and while SlideIT had some drawbacks earlier, it took a great leap forward with version 3.0 that was released in the beginning of the year.
The keyboard has just been updated to version 3.2, and the latest release brings a number of improvements. Among other things, it now features 14 new language packs, and more symbols are available from the main layout, including the colon which was rather well-hidden earlier. Another nice addition is the ability to resize the keyboard by longpressing its upper-left corner, and then dragging a slider up or down. That way, you can make more room for the text box, for example.
I asked the developer about the future of its keyboard, and the folks at Dasur mentioned that they eventually will add theme support, and the ability to import and export your custom dictionaries. What do you think about SlideIT? I personally use it every day, and it’s one of my favorite software keyboards for Android. It’s available in the Market for $6.23, and there’s also a demo version that will remain fully functional for 15 days.