To everyone who still uses #SwiftKey or even worse #Gboard on their #Andoid device I recommend #Florisboard
It's currently still in Alpha but development is rolling, customization easy and it's latest release turned out to be perfectly usable, at least for me ⌨️
It's FLOSS and the developers seem to respond to issue reports and feature requests in a timely manner
@sotolf There is prediction but they mentions that it is very much still in the works. IMO it has improved a lot since I've last tested it about two months ago.
I'm pretty happy with the multilingual support 🇦🇹🇪🇸🇲🇫🇷🇺
I can easily access all the accents and special characters I need on a daily basis and even the Russian keymap seems to work without any issues now 👌
@totoroot Maybe I should try it again, if they are making rapid progress that sounds good, I have been using multiling'o and message ease in addition, they are good, but writing on a phone in general is not fun.
@totoroot I am going to give it another go, at the moment I am with AnySoftKeyboard (ASK), something that I did not like in Florisboard is that the settings seemed to be a fork from ASK (it super silly I know... but I do not like at all, they are confusing), and aside from the nicer theme, did not see any reason to really switch...
@totoroot It's awesome we have great free and open source keyboard in active development. This appears to be a new implementation not an aosp keyboard fork. Currently it does not have accessibility features implemented. I mean It's not useable with screen reading apps such as google talkback.
@huy_ngo Since it's still in Alpha I was honestly pleasantly surprised that there even were Non-Latin layouts like Russian and Arabic.
There is a pretty detailed open issue for Vietnamese that you could subscribe to: https://github.com/florisboard/florisboard/issues/183
I suppose that the main developer could need help on issues like this, as they probably are not very familiar with Vietnamese :)
You might also be able to contribute by translating:
@comcloudway I for one do not miss a tab key or function keys on mobile, but I suppose you could open up a feature request on their GitHub page. The only time I need a tab on my Android device is in Termux and there is a dedicated key for that 🤷♂️
I'm neither the developer nor do I (currently) use it myself – so I'm not up-to-date about features completed. I plan to use it, though. As of now: I helped bring it to F-Droid, and I offer the beta versions for "early birds" and testers via my repo.
Two good ways:
* install & use so you can see for yourself
* take a look at the app's repo from time to time and see how it makes progress. IIRC the core additions (aka "Changelog") are always listed on the releases page: https://github.com/florisboard/florisboard/releases (no idea if "milestones" are maintained somewhere)
looks like it does most of the things i need - so… nice!
cursor keys deeply hidden - guestures kinda mostly work for that, so that's not horrible
ellipsis hidden in numeric pad… meh
the same ridiculous problem as gboard with 7 and 9 not secondary on u/o in german layout (umlaut instead)
no german dictionary yet - not a big problem
not saving current word into dict? worse!
fdroid is a must, so thats great
far better than most
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