It’s arguably one of the most important components of your phone—you spend much of your time tapping away on it but how well do you actually know your keyboard?
Here at CareAce we’ve gone through our share of Android Keyboards (just take a look at our Ultimate Android Keyboard Showdown: 14 keyboard review), yet I still find myself returning to the good ol’ default Samsung Keyboard. Out-of-the-box the keyboard works just fine but I found that due to my extensive use of slang, ebonics and inside jokes whilst texting, XT9′s was auto-correcting and thus hindering my typing abilities. Let’s take a look at how to customize the XT9 and other settings to maximize your typing efficiency!
XT9 Predictive text: On or Off?
The main problem I find with leaving XT9 on is that it corrects words I don’t want to have corrected, and memorizes arbitrary words. What do i mean by the latter problem? Sometimes I type “yeaaaaa” and other times I write “yesss” or “yeaahhhh.” Once I save one variant, XT9 will try and correct any variety of “yes” I begin to input, into that same version over and over again, resulting in very monotonous and uniform text messaging: something I want to avoid in a communication medium that already lacks much character. There are two ways to go about remedying this problem: 1) you can teach (manually input) XT9 all of the words you use, or 2) simply deactivate the feature.
Manually adding words to XT9 dictionary
If you’ve decided that you like having XT9 and you would prefer it to learn your texting style, there are two ways for it to learn how you type. You can either manually add words on the keyboard as you text by hitting the drop-down arrow icon, or navingating to Menu > Settings > Language and keyboards > Samsung Keypad > XT9 advanced settings > XT9 my words:
XT9 Advanced Settings:
“Word Completion” - If you start typing “Aweso,” it will automatically complete the word “Awesome,” so that halfway through typing it you can hit space and it will automatically spell out the whole word.
“Spell Correction” - This feature will fix common typos such as D and S letter swapping, i.e. goos and foos instead of good and food.
“Next Word Prediction” - In line with word completion, XT9 will attempt to finish your sentences by memorizing words that you commonly sequence. For example it might suggest “garden” after the word “beer,” this suggestion can be overridden by continuing to type the next word, or can be accepted by hitting space twice.
“Auto-substitute” - Useful for adding apostrophes to contractions or adding “‘s” to possessives.
“Recapture” - If you accidentally selected a suggested word, you can hit backspace to go back to the list of suggestions and choose a different word.
We have yet to figure out what exactly Auto-append and Regional Correction do, so feel free to give us a tip if you know!
Hit Menu > Settings > Language and keyboards > Samsung Keypad > Uncheck XT9
Or simply open the keyboard and hit the cog icon to open up settings and do the same as above:
Happy typing! For more tips, check out our Galaxy S II and Galaxy S tip archives.