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1/28/17
Original Poster
Josh Cheatham

Spell check in Android Apps on ChromeOS?

I've noticed that when I use Android apps on my Chromebook there is no automatic spell check inside those apps.  I guess this makes sense because that function is normally performed by the keyboard app on my phone.  That said, it's limiting my email client options with exchange sync to native Chrome OS apps.  Is it possible to have automatic spell check inside Android apps?
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Kevin Bowers
1/28/17
Kevin Bowers
Some Android apps have spellcheck built-in, some don't, maybe even most don't because as you pointed out, Android onscreen keyboards usually do have it.  If you need it, you'll just have to try different apps until you find ones that do have it.  Personally, I find it more a nuisance than a help.  YMMV
1/29/17
Original Poster
Josh Cheatham
Understood, but I'm desirous of using one of the more robust email clients offered through the Android apps, so spell check is essential. Any suggestions for chrome OS based email clients that offer exchange sync and lots of customization options? I use Nine in Android.
Jim Dantin
1/29/17
Jim Dantin
Then you will have to contact the Nine developers and ask them to provide spell checking.
Kevin Bowers
1/29/17
Kevin Bowers
I don't know if it'll work, but you might try one of the spell checker extensions or apps from the Chrome Web Store, see if it will play nice with the Android apps.  Heck, try all of 'em and let us know how you get on!  That's what beta software is all about.  Cloud Magic seems to be the most capable Chrome app for e-mail but I find no mention of spellcheck in it.  Also look into Chrome's built-in spellcheck.
Jim Dantin
1/29/17
Jim Dantin
A Chromebook is designed to use ChromeOS and apps from the Chrome Web Store. Android apps will always be an issue unless the app developer codes it to properly work on a Chromebook. Many apps word without any issue, but some Android features are not supported.

If Gmail/Inbox isn't "robust" enough for you, you probably should get a different computer. You are fighting a losing battle.
psdaengr
1/30/17
psdaengr
Some folks just don't get what unsupported beta tester means.
1/30/17
Original Poster
Josh Cheatham
Does the web version of Gmail offer syncing with Exchange servers? If it does, then my problem is solved.
 
To add a little more background here, a Chromebook actually works perfect for me because it offers a cheap, well made device I could easily take to meetings and maintain connectivity to my office documents and email. I currently use Citrix to do that. Because my work requires a dual authorization, it's a tiny bit of an inconvenience to log in each time I move from meeting to meeting, close the chrome and end my Citrix sessions. I came to this forum to see if anyone had any suggestions for possible work arounds or chrome OS apps I wasnt aware of.
1/30/17
Original Poster
Josh Cheatham
Thanks for the helpful addition to the conversation. I understand perfectly what those words mean. Do you see anywhere that I've complained about the state of things or suggested things should be otherwise? No? Alright then.
nathal
2/28/17
nathal
I asked the same of the IA Writer folks after I noticed what you've experienced with spell check in android apps (in Chrome OS) and they said "Spell check is handled at the OS level on all versions. Please check the mobile device settings under 'Keyboard'." Well, autocorrect settings work in app when I turn it on, but not the spell checker. I think it may be because the spell checker is meant only for use within the Chrome Browser? Not sure, but it's not just a matter of some apps include a spell check and others don't. Maybe the OS settings for spell check will be programmed to extend to the Android apps when it's "matured" a bit? I almost said when out of beta, but some machines have it in their stable channel. Anyway, the integration is not quite there yet.
Joe Ellett
2/28/17
Joe Ellett
Josh, Microsoft's own Outlook Android app works well. It's how I check on my Exchange mail on my Samsung Chromebook Plus. Will that give you what you need?

And just ignore the troll. We don't get many of them, and we try not to feed them if they show up. Most of us are here to help and to learn.
2/28/17
Original Poster
Josh Cheatham
I also tried the Outlook app for Android, but still did not get spell check to work. Are you able to enable spell check inside the app?
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