May 16, 2014

An Android Keyboard Made for Lawyers

7 Comments · Posted by Robert Ambrogi in General

One of the nice features of Android devices that iOS devices lack is the ability to swap keyboards. This lets you try out different keyboards with different input methods and find one that best suits your style. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of different keyboard apps for Android that can be downloaded from the Google Play store.

Until now, however, there has not been one specifically designed for lawyers. This week, the Scottish company KeyPoint Technologies announced an addition to its Adaptxt line of specialty keyboards created just for lawyers. The keyboard uses a legal dictionary so that auto-suggestions and auto-corrections more accurately reflect legal usage.

Adaptxt has a whole line of keyboards for general and custom uses. The company touts its keyboards as “extremely intuitive” applications that learn from your writing style in order to predict your next word. Its keyboard will automatically complete, correct and capitalize words as you type, and it lets you create shortcuts for commonly used words and phrases. Text can be entered by tapping keys or by gliding over them.

The new legal version contains more than 20,000 legal industry terms in five dictionaries (covering the U.S., the UK, Finland, Germany and Spain) so that auto-corrections are more accurate. As you begin to type a legal term, it will make word- and phrase-completion suggestions from its dictionary. The dictionary works with the app’s learning algorithm so that its performance should get better the more you use it. 

The app also learns from your postings on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and builds its dictionary accordingly. The keyboard comes with a dedicated “share” key as a shortcut for sharing on a social network.

The Adaptxt dictionary and keyboard for lawyers is available for Android in the Google Play store for $3.99. 

Having told you all this, I will add that I have not been able to test it. I have two different Android devices, and the Google Play store tells me the app is incompatible with both. A company spokesperson told me the app should run on any device running an Android version newer than 2.1, which mine do. I hope to have an update on why I’ve been unable to use it.

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  • Anna · May 16, 2014 at 10:15 am

    When you test this out, give us an update. Sharing=Caring!

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  • David O'Connell · May 16, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Mr. Ambrogi:

    While I appreciated Anna’s sentiment of sharing=caring, to title your post as “An Android Keyboard Made for Lawyers” is, with respect, a bit misleading.

    First, you reveal that the “keyboard” you describe is not a physical device, but an app. Although an app might have utitlity for those with tiny hands, my first impression was that your post included advice about how to solve the key stumbling block to using an Android device, how to enter data. Second, after reciting a number of advertised promises of legal adaptabilty, you reveal after several hundred words that you had not seen any of those capabilities because you couldn’t get it to work.

    What are we to make of that? If you could not get the app to work, is this truly “an Android keyboard made for lawyers?” I think not. The software industry, historically under immense pressure to rush unready products to market to recoup investment, filling the air with news releases, one of which I suspect was the source for your article promising the “killer app.” This set of forces has littered the landscape with its failures, many of which you and I have purchased on the strength of those promise. Why did you buy into that hype? Why did you buy the app in the first place? Why write about something that does not work? I think that reflection on our historic gullibility about the new, the promise, and our desperate search for the easy is more important than any nifty toy floated by a developer.

    Isn’t it time to just ignore these shills and wait until there is some juice worth the squeeze?

    David O’Connell

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    • john forster · June 16, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      I would try the new touchtext at playstore or googleplay. It is the best on market. try it and compare for yourself.

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  • Jeff Taylor · May 16, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I reviewed the app here: http://thedroidlawyer.com/2014/05/android-app-review-adaptxt-legal-keyboard/

    What people should know is that the keyboard uses a pre-entered language dictionary to give it the “legal” aspect. It’s a nice keyboard, but I’m just not sure how many people use finite legal jargon in their emails and other messages. Plus, if you use an external keyboard, forget about this because you’re using a different set of input algorithms.

    In general, there are free keyboards that work as well or better.

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    • Author comment by Robert Ambrogi · May 16, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out. I actually checked to see if you’d reviewed it but somehow managed to miss it. Great review.

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  • Neil Squillante · May 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    While you cannot change the keyboard at the operating system level in iOS (except for Emoji and other extras Apple provides), individual apps can have a custom keyboard.

    The keyboard in text editor Editorial is the slickest I’ve seen. ByWord also has some nice customizations, especially if you write in Markdown.

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