8pen for Android

8pen for Android

In a bold move, promising input method technology outfit 8pen have released their new application for Android to the Market for effectively £1. This is bold for two reasons.

First, the input method does away with the keyboard in favour of entirely new method of input that will almost certainly take some getting used to. Secondly, to expect mass user adoption on a product that requires an entirely different metal shift to typing on your phone, you would think that the company behind it would release it for free, at least until people started getting hooked on it. Ok, so perhaps I was spoiled with Swype coming on my Galaxy S when I purchased it, but still.

8pen looks brilliant, but without even a trial version on the Market there is little way it will spread quickly. If anyone tries it, please feel free to leave your comments below. I know other users will be excited to read them to know whether or not it is worth trying out. We will look to review this interesting application in the next few weeks. You can check our the website here, and there is a video available after the jump.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of AndroidAuthority.com, based in the U.K.
  • Doug

    I cannot imagine the 24 hour refund period on the Market would be near enough time for someone to determine if they can master this.

  • roger

    I tried it yesterday and after 10 minutes I got the refund. It remains me the classic mobile keyboard with a lot of finger swing. I see the swype or slideit much more efficient. If It there were free trial I d have kept it and give it a 2 nd try…

  • Bob

    Seems to be free at the moment. I’ve fiddled with it for a half hour or so. Seems very promising to me. I’ve not used swype. But 8pen seems to allow blind typing, more so than swype.