Virtual Keyboard for G1 next year!!

By: T-Marco October 23rd, 2008

The T-Mobile G1 is an amazing phone. However, like the iPhone, it has some issues or lacks for some applictaions. One was the lack of virtual keyboard. The good news is that problem will be solved soon, to be specific, next year. It turns out that the Android roadmap has something in store for us that should be released in Q1 of 2009. Here are some of the details from the site:

Input method framework (IMF)

This feature will enable support for input methods other than physical keyboards, for example soft keyboards. IMF will also enable application developers


to provide IME (see below) applications based on the framework.

Input method engines (IME)

IME will support soft keyboards, a dictionary of suggestions, and a suggestion algorithm. The Android platform may contain few reference IMEs, and developers can provide IME applications through the Android Market.

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13 Responses to “Virtual Keyboard for G1 next year!!”

  1. Jordan on October 24th, 2008 7:43 pm


    Will the virtual keyboard be available for download from the android market when it comes out?

    Will it be free?

  2. oakie on October 27th, 2008 12:34 am


    it will be a free upgrade from Google, disseminated by T-Mobile to all of their users as a pushed, OTA update just like the recent software update that’s now going on.

    this is a feature that was sorely lacking from Android, IMO, especially when paired with the current hardware. it was always in the books for Android since the OS is hardware agnostic and is designed to support full touch devices anyways, but flipping out the keyboard just to type “be there in a minute” was pretty lame. add to that the abysmal keyboard on the G1… you either love it or hate it. if you’re a blackberry user, the G1′s keyboard is unusable. if you’re a sidekick user, the keyboard feels like “home”. i’m in the former camp.

    it actually made my iphone feel easier to type on.

  3. armytank on October 28th, 2008 5:30 pm


    I don’t want another qwerty. I want a 9 key predictive. Like t9 I want it for typing with one hand because I can’t text at all with one hand

  4. T-Marco on October 28th, 2008 6:52 pm


    probably will be an option to change the type of keyboard, from qwerty, to t9 or even sure type

  5. Ferocious Beast on November 3rd, 2008 4:02 am


    WHY NEXT YEAR?!?!? WTH, I dont understand!! Are these steps to some kind of a ginormous marketing masterplan? GIVE ME THE DAMN VIRTUAL KEYBOARD!!! ROOOAWRRRRR!!!!!

  6. conor on December 16th, 2008 5:21 pm


    This may sound stupid, but does anyone know the latest “Q1″ is? I would like to have the virtual keyboard on my phone as soon as I can, as I’m sure just about everyone would.

  7. some dude in queens on December 21st, 2008 3:49 pm


    ah the latest whould be a quater of 12 months so thats march, its easy when you know math

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  9. shelby on February 3rd, 2009 5:48 pm


    Do you know the exact date or day this will come out? I’m really looking forward to a virtual keyboard. The only thing this phone didn’t have was a virtual keyboard and now their coming out with one! I’m so excited! This phone rocks!

  10. devyn glowen on March 15th, 2009 2:24 am


    Jesus i rilly hope they dont make us wait till Q2 cuz i wood love a virtual keyboard im 14 years old and its hard as hell to text in class wit a phone that needs to slide up to text, but i love the hell out of this fone i woodnt want it any other way i jus want a god dam virtual keyboard and this will be the business sumbody let me no around wut date i will be gittin this update

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    I found this wen i looked up ur name

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