Virtual keyboard coming to Google Android in 2009

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The Google Android operating system is lacking support for virtual keyboards as many T-Mobile G1 users are now discovering. As a result, users are forced to turn their phones sideways and use the slide-out QWERTY keyboard to type out many messages.

Fortunately, the latest Android roadmap shows that a solution is on its way in Q1 2009. The input method framework (IMF) and input method engines (IME) will enable support for soft keyboards, a dictionary of suggestions, and a suggestion algorithm. Developers will also be able to sell IME applications through the Android Market.

Support for software-driven keyboards and input systems will also allow device manufacturers to offer Google Android-powered devices without a physical keyboard.

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