According to Android Central, Froyo actually contains some nifty little improvements to the stock on-screen keyboard. Instead of pressing, or holding down the ?123 button to access the number keys, you can now swipe upwards from the keyboard and bring them up (as seen in the picture above). In addition, if you have multiple keyboard languages installed, you can simply swipe left and right across the space bar to switch between them.
While these improvements are nice, they won’t be causing the stock keyboard to win any special awards. As evident from his recent Gizmodo interview, VP of Engineering at Google, Andy Rubin, is already aware of the need for improvement with Android’s on-screen keyboard. It will be interesting to see what changes he has in mind.
If I were in charge, which I ‘m clearly not, Google would have already purchased Swype and given the Android platform the keyboard it deserves. My fingers are crossed for Gingerbread with Swype. That would be mad-wicked-cool!