Typing on a phone is a pain in the glass. But new apps and tools are make entering text -- and emojis -- a little less excruciating. As gadgets evolve, typing has only gotten harder. Laptop keyboards are more cramped and flatter than desktop keyboards. BlackBerry keyboards force you to type with your thumbs. Smartphone keyboards make you to type on glass. If you're holding a tablet with one hand, it's even harder to type on than a phone. And smartwatches are so tiny that most have given up on keyboards altogether. Fear not. Here are some solutions to your typing angst. Handwriting. In a blast from the past with a modern twist, Google (GOOGL, Tech30) this week unveiled a new app that replaces your Android keyboard with handwriting. It's remarkably accurate -- it can read some of the worst chicken scratch, whether in cursive or block print. And you can even use it to draw emojis. It can feel a little slower than typing, but if you find that you're constantly going back to fix typing mistakes, the handwriting app can actually be faster. And the emoji recognition trick is downright magical.