Texthelp Keyboard (Beta) for Android

Texthelp Android keyboard beta icon

TextHelp Android Keyboard (Beta)

As an iOS iPhone and iPad/iPod user for the past few years, Android device use and apps are not real familiar to me. I have a Toshiba Thrive I have used but keeping up with apps for one platform much less two is beyond my reality. Yet the reality is that we may have clients with Android  devices, especially phones who may benefit from supports for messaging, emailing and other forms of writing.

The Texthelp Keyboard (Beta) app (free for 30 days) for Android (recently updated as of September 24, 2013)  providing a replacement keyboard with writing supports which works across all applications (don’t you wish you could do that for iPad/iPhone??). Here are the features of the keyboard app as listed on the Texthelp Keyboard Google Play website:

-English (GB) Dictionary
– Form sentences from suggestions by swiping
– Next-word prediction
– Text-to-Speech Support
– Phonetic suggestions
– Variable text sizes
– Multiple keyboard support: URLs, Phone Numbers, E-Mail Address & Text
– Tap sounds
– Vibration feedback on keypress (on supported devices)

Here are a few images of the app on a phone and tablet:

TextHelp Android keyboard pic3 ph TextHelp Android keyboard pic2 Texthelp Android keyboard pic1

It appears to have important AT supports for writing as well as TTS on the tablet and phone versions.  Time to get my dated Toshiba Thrive out and see if I can give this keyboard app a try!

For more information visit Google Play Store. At present I could not find any information on TextHelp’s website, however I would check their website after the Beta version is finalized.

If you have tried it out share your experience!


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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