Samsung Vibrant :: Text Input - Physical Keyboard?
Jul 16, 2010
I'm eying the Vibrant as my first Android phone (yep, starting at the top), coming from a long line of Palm OS devices culminating with a Treo 680. So far I like most of what I see, with two caveats: The lack of camera flash (I've not had one before, but with a 5 MP camera it seems a waste to not have one) and the lack of a physical keyboard.
I've yet to meet an on-screen keyboard I liked, but I've not tried a 4" screen before. Any first impressions, especially from people used to physical keyboards? Good, bad, ugly? Honestly that's the main thing I'm worried about.
I think theres an app floating around to measure text speed somewhere. IF not tell me how fast you text with it. My friend hates it so he uses swype (which i can't use worth crap) I text really slow on it, so i got an n1. Verizon plans are just too expensive for me anyway.
My biggest pet peeve about the Evo is how the landscape text input takes over the screen, leaving you unable to view new text messages or instant messages received while typing without minimizing the keyboard. This is also a problem when you want to submit a text or instant message and you have to constantly hide the keyboard to do so. Is there a way to stop this nonsense? Also I used to have the Droid X keyboard which I really liked, but it wouldn't work with Froyo - has a new version of that keyboard been released, or could anyone point me in the direction of a very similar keyboard (larger keys, no useless arrows on the right hand side) ?
There is NO keyboard or text entry widget... I try to create an new account so i get that form that asks for my email and pass... but when I click on it i get a Google vocal input thing that does not do the work anyway... I went to setting, turned it off, still no keyboard...
cannot find any info not even from Ainol them selves.The tablet works with android 4.1.1...Is there anyways to 1) update to a different aNDROID VERSION OR 2) activate the standard keyboard that we find on ALL tablet but mine..
I'd like to remap some of the keys on the PHYSICAL keyboard. For example, I've never inserted a smiley in a message and don't intend to start now, so remaping the dedicated smiley key to something useful would be productive.
When opening the physical keyboard, the phone first comes out of sleep, and then switches from portrait to landscape. This is typically not too noticeable, but sometimes it takes up to 5 seconds. Is there a way to make it so that opening the keyboard just resumes this phone already in landscape? Also, has anyone figured out a way to get the home screen to respect switching to landscape when rotated, like all well-developed apps do?
How to detect if the phone has a physical keyboard, and not an on screen software keyboard? The reason I need to do this is because my app needs multiple keys pressed simultaneously, and this isn't possible with an on screen keyboard.
this keyboard is light years ahead of the default virtual qwerty.I bought the Moment for the hard qwerty and absolutely love it, but hated to have to open the phone for each and every little thing due to the god-awful virtual keyboard.Installing HTC's Touch Input was the best decision I've made. It's super responsive and typing is almost as easy as with the iPhone. I use the T9 numeric as opposed to the full qwerty. There's also a compact qwerty if that's your thing (Blackberry-esque)It's not on the Market AFAIK, but a quick google search will show you where it is. Even has a calibration tool!
I used to use the Samsung Keyboard with English and the Chinese language input (downloaded in it's language settings).
But after a hard rest (My phone had recently updated itself to 4.3 with no change) I no longer have Chinese as a downloadable language.
WHY is this so annoying... Becuase if I use another keyboard that has chinese I can't swap between it and the Samsung Keyboard in Keyboard. The Samsung has to be selects in the phone setting and can't be selected as one of many keyboards.
The reason why I wish to use the Samsung keyboard is becuase of its great swipe input function. I have not found another keyboard that has swipe in English and Chinese input funtionality.
Which means I can never using any combo of keyboards swap easily from chinese to swipe english keyboard.
I think It has something to do with the locale version of the 4.3 android os. I heard that different locales have different downloadable language options. But why has mine sudenly changed!
The stock Android keyboard is pretty inaccurate for me.If it wasn't for word prediction and correction it would be a real nightmare to use. Samsung keyboard is okay but the space bar is way too small, I end up typing.words.like.this.I'm really diggin' SWYPE.It seems real fast and pretty accurate. Was just wondering if there was a better alternative to the stock Android keyboard that comes in the form of a downloadable app or such?I have seen the Droid X keyboard available somewhere.
For a while now since i got the vibrant, i've been using swype.IMHO This is one of the best keyboards out there. but there's a flaw in the keyboard,it's annoying because i always do it! And what i was wondering, is if we can disable it, or delete it all together. In swype keyboard, on the bottom right hand corner, theres a button for the Smiley face. Which is also under the most used backspace key. So you know, whenever i'm trying to delete some text, instead of deleting text, i get a bunch of ":-)" it is extremely annoying. I never used this key on purpose, and what i was wondering is that if we could some how delete that smiley button .
I searched forums for "wireless keyboard" and got no hits. So I figure I'm on safe ground. I am a Motorla Q9 user looking to upgrade to the T-mobile Samsung Vibrant. Is there some way to use a somewhat standard keyboard with this phone? better yet a dock with display?
I was just wondering, how everyone does without a physical keyboard on the Incredible. I am really interested in this phone but I am hesitant because it only has the virtual keyboard. I have had the storm and also the lg dare and sold them because I just couldn't get used to not having a physical keyboard. I just wanted to know if anyone else felt that way and got it anyways and how it's working for you.
I looked at the Vibrant today at T mobile and liked it quite a bit. The unit I looked at had hard time getting into landscape mode and I could not give the keyboard a full test as a consequence. Is there any problem getting it into landscape normally? Any keyboard issues?
So i was wondering with the incredible not having a physical keyboard how will games and apps that use it hold up? Like Sinusoid or something along those lines. I mean. how will games and apps that need key's hold up? only virtual? I'm pretty much set on the incredible other than this.
Aside from simply preferring a physical keyboard over a virtual keyboard, is there a reason now or possibly in the future to have one? My wife is trying to decide between getting a Droid herself or a Nexus. I know there are good reasons for and against, but this feature seems to be the fork in the road for her right now.
I have a motorola droid but would like to trade for htc droid eris, minus the memory card. I live in wisconsin and would prefer a local trade. I understand some might say motorola's offering is the better of the two but personally, I can't get used to the physical keyboard.
In Jelly Bean when using a bluetooth or usb keyboard (certain mice and scanners also) force the on screen keyboard off.
Then anyone can choose to turn off the physical keyboard (or whatever device) by going into the input method option (also known as Input and Language) in settings and selecting the OFF option and upon doing so the keyboard (or whatever device) still works and now the on screen keyboard works also. (very simple)
The option to turn ON or OFF the physical keyboard is not present in the input method selector screen unless a physical device is attached via usb or bluetooth.
How can one do this from a terminal window or using a shell command.
I would like to automate this silly feature via Tasker or Locale but can not do so until I know the console command.
I know how to switch IME devices from the command shell or with the Secure Settings plugin but when a physical device is connected it does not show using the shell command IME LIST. Only virtual keyboards are listed, not physical devices.
Is there any way to determine the layout of a physical keyboard (ex: QWERTY vs QWERTZ)(if there is one)? I would like to map commands to keyboard keys if there is a hardware keyboard available, but the layout is very important. I have had users from Germany complaining that layout is not optimized for their phones (since the Y and Z keys are swapped). Is there any way to automatically detect this, or am I stuck making it a setting?
I have a Cliq with handler 1.5.. and last couple weeks my physical keyboard has been tweaking! randomly, not all the time it will input a whole bunch of characters and symbols and even send the message or back out of it randomly.. sometimes it seems like it helps if i type slowly.. but it doesn't fix it all the time.. when it inputs letters and numbers a lot of times they are the same groups of letters. anyone have this problem of an idea of whats causing it?
I was wondering if it would be possible to re-map the physical keyboard of an android phone. For example i would like to re-map the arrow buttons on the keyboard to special characters like �, � or �. Is this possible to do on an android cellphone?