5-TILES keyboard free demo

5-TILES keyboard free demo

10,000 - 50,000 downloads

  • Tutorial
  • Originality
  • Challenging
  • Too much learning curve
  • Screentouch response should be enhanced
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Expert's Review

"The weird keyboard"

Reviewed by / Apr 17, 2012

ETAOI Keyboard is an original way to input based on ETAOI (internationally most used letters)

First off, we want you to know that this isn't an easy keyboard to handle, at least not in the beginning. Actually, it requires power of will, otherwise you'll drop it in the middle of the learning curve. Those who achieved it say that it's a really fast-typing keyboard. I guess I'm a conservative in this regard, but I'll stay on QWERTY.

Anyway, it's always nice discovering new keyboards with original input system. ETAOI Keyboard is made up by just 5 colored keys. Its original input system allows you to input letters, numbers, punctuation and even emojis by sliding right/left, up/down. No one can discuss that this is a native mobile keyboard. The only catch lies on most of the users are use to QWERTY or similar keyboards and are reluctant to change. This is for the bravest.

There's both a free demo version (with some punctuation and other perfomance restriction) and a paid one ($1.99). Although we encourage everyone to give it a go and accept the challenge, we cannot rate it as well as others because it doesn't makes users' life easier, not in the beginning at least. And that's matters. What's more, screentouch response should be enhanced, we had some mistypings.

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Developer's original description available here
For HOW TO INSTALL: etaoisystems.com/instructions/update-your-settings/


ETAOI takes only a fraction of your phone's display. The keys are large and easy to reach. It can be used with just your thumb.


Letters has been grouped based on the familiar, alphabet layout. The most common ones are typed using single taps. Others: using slides between two or more keys.

Which letters to tap? All underlined characters.

How to know which way to slide? Find the key with a letter you want to type. Touch it. The keyboard will show you where to next!*

Results: intuitive, easy to follow characters’ order. Efficient input. Less typing errors.

*Assistive mode only (slide up the yellow key)

The keyboard can be used with or without (multi-language) dictionaries. To switch the dictionaries on/off, use the combination of yellow-blue-green. With the dictionaries active, the keyboard “learns” your writing patterns to improve autosuggestion options. You can also add your own words to the dictionaries’ memory.


Use slides to type characters other than letters and numbers – no need to switch between different modes.

Type national characters. Languages currently supported include: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Swedish.

Edit text and issue commands: move between text input fields, highlight, copy and paste, even control your phone's ringing mode!


Training with 5-TILES – learn to type with easy-to-follow, short lessons. Additional tutorials available for unique national characters

Speed test – dramatically improve your typing pace practising on the most common words and pangrams

Recently changed in this version

– New, easier to remember letters’ layout*

– Clearer graphics

– Redesigned help screens

*Existing users: please email support@etaoikeyboard.com to reverse to the original layout if preferred

As we are now using Google Application Licensing feature, during the first use, the application will verify the licence - please keep your internet connection on. If you have any problems with the verification, please uninstall the application from the phone and install it again.

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Comments and ratings for 5-TILES keyboard free demo
  • (58)

    by Greg Scott on 23/02/2014

    Nice to see someone apply Englebart's 5-finger keyboard to current technology. But this demo really shows why it never caught on in the first place. It can take almost as much effort to do one character as it does to do one word with Swype. And the learni

  • (58)

    by AJ Zanger on 27/01/2014

    I feel like the delete key should be on the other side.

  • (58)

    by Yasmine Jane on 14/11/2013

    I appreciate your work for trying to create a new thing that wasn't in the market before .. but writing on this keyboard is harder than solving maths! I can't even write a single correct word and while I type most of the time on my phone I can't use your

  • (58)

    by bahrta sai on 10/10/2013

    The letters aren't that hard to learn. Numbers aren't even so bad with learning mode on. It REALLY needs a popup with seperate punctuation and symbol keys, though. 5★ if you add that. I appreciate you providing a trial so I didn't have to buy it to real

  • (58)

    by Andy Schilder on 20/08/2013

    even for a demo. it doesnt work in the slightest bit. I have yet to be able to type a full word. Nor can i backspace. Its horrid. Please make a functioning free version or get this crap off the play store

  • (58)

    by Joseph Alexander on 10/08/2013

    Needs some serious work

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    by josephkyansar ahsaper on 19/07/2013

    Nice app