Alternate Android keyboard 8pen updated – now also free

There’s been a flurry of excitement about alternate Android keyboard 8pen over the last few days, with the crazy all-new text input system polarising opinion like nothing else. It’s got nothing in common with a QWERTY and it’s not much like Swype. It’s… weird.

If you were put off trying 8pen thanks to its paid-for status, the app is now free – with a big list of updates and enhancements attached to the release of this new version.

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And that’s what it looks like. We’ve invested way too much time in teaching SwiftKey our writing patterns to bother switching text input systems, but if you’re yet to TAKE SIDES in the Android keyboard WARS, give it a go. 8pen works on Android 1.6 phones and higher. Link via Phandroid.

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     /  November 10, 2010

    I’m a TouchPal/SwiftKey man my self, but I’m quite liking this 8pen malarkey!

  2. Slightly annoyed it is now free when I paid for it but I don’t mind if it supported and helped the developer make these changes

    Interesting concept, would need to learn letter locations for full efficiency

  3. Sponge Finge

     /  November 11, 2010

    It. Been.each.y to leakage,

  4. A: will it make a new revolution of typing ?
    B: No, I dont think !!

  5. Herman

     /  November 11, 2010

    I don’t understand how this can be any better than at least twice as slow as Swyping.

    Also there is a learning curve. I think it’s nice people think about making typing easier, but I don’t see this is working. And I assume that is also the reason it’s free now.

  6. Sparky

     /  November 11, 2010

    Well , I’ll give it a go for a week! And let you know :)

  7. chris

     /  November 12, 2010

    OK I’ll give this a whirl, getting used to it slowly. Plus it has the added bonus of effectivly locking my kids out of my phone. :)

  8. Sparky

     /  November 12, 2010

    I think it locks everybody out of using a phone! Sorry after a day , I give up!!
    Now back to being torn between SWYPE and SWIFTKEY. Just can’t decide which is quicker!!( Sorry 8pen , its not you!)

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