External Keyboard Helper Pro

External Keyboard Helper Pro

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A non visible soft keyboard (Input Method) intended to be used with hardware Bluetooth and USB keyboards. It automatically brings up the Input Method dialog when Bluetooth keyboard connects or disconnects (on some devices this can also be made to work with USB keyboards). It supports a lot of different keylayouts also provides a lot of configuration options.

This app does NOT require a rooted device and there is a DEMO version available if you want to try it out before buying.

Tutorials
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http://www.apedroid.com/android-applications/external-keyboard-helper/get-started

Features
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* International keyboard layouts.
* Up to 16 application shortcuts can be added (for example start Google Maps with Alt+M etc.)
* Up to 16 text strings can be add (for example insert your email address with Alt+E etc.)
* Remaps the Escape key to BACK (can be turned off)
* Allows you to control which characters should be treated as combining characters.
* A "null" Soft Keyboard to use with hardware keyboards (Bluetooth & USB).
* Automatically brings up Input Method selection dialog when Bluetooth keyboard connects or disconnects (Android 2.3+).
* Automatic detection can also work with USB keyboards on some platforms (experimental) (Android 2.3+)
* App that brings up Input Method selection (for easy access)
* Switch between up to three layouts of your choice using a key or key combination.
* Can choose keymap automatically based on language setting in your device.
* Blocks long-press-popups on Android 2.x.
* Change the key repeat delay and rate.
* Layouts can be modified and two user defined custom layouts can be configured.
* ConnectBot aware (TAB and CTRL codes)

Currently supported keyboard layouts
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* Arabic (101, 102 & 102 AZERTY)
* Armenian (Eastern, Western & Phonetic)
* Austrian
* Belgian
* Bosnian & Herzegovian
* Bulgarian (Phonetic, Phonetic traditional & Typewriter)
* Canadian (French & Multilingual)
* Croatian
* Czech (qwertz, qwerty & programmers)
* Danish
* English (Colemak, Dvorak, Dvorak Left hand, Dvorak Right hand, Dvorak Programmer, GB & US-International)
* Estonian
* Faroese
* Finnish (Finland & DAS)
* French (Bépo, France & Switzerland)
* German (Germany & Switzerland)
* Greek
* Greenlandic
* Hebrew
* Hindi Traditional
* Hungarian
* Icelandic
* Italian
* Korean/Hangul
* Latvian
* Lithuanian (Numeric)
* Macedonian FYROM Standard
* Maldivian
* Norwegian
* Persian
* Polish (214 & Programmers)
* Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal & Br-Nativo)
* Romanian
* Russian (Normal, Typewriter & Phonetic)
* Serbian (Latin & Cyrillic)
* Slovak (qwerty & qwertz)
* Slovene
* Spanish (Latin America, Spain/Int & Dvorak)
* Swedish (Normal & Svorak A1|A5)
* Thai (Kedmanee & Pattachote)
* Turkish (F & Q)
* Ukrainian
* Vietnamese

All layouts are based on standard USB Keyboard layouts. Bluetooth keyboards sometimes do not follow the standard completely but it is possible to manually customize mappings.

Characters that can be treated as combining characters
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* acute
* breve
* caron
* cedilla
* circumflex
* diaeresis/umlaut/dialytika
* dialytika tonos
* dot above / dot below
* double acute
* grave
* hook above
* macron
* ogonek
* ring
* tilde
* tonos

What it does NOT
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* It won't fix your Bluetooth or USB connected keyboard if it wasn't working in the first place.
* It does not automatically switch Input Method. It only shows the dialog and you will have to choose Input Method manually. This is an intentional limitation built into Android by Google. No app is allowed to change Input Method without user interaction (unless the app is a system app).

Want to help translating this app to you language?
Go here: http://www.getlocalization.com/ExternalKeyboardHelperPro/

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Recently changed in this version

6.6
* Fixed reading scancode with ShareKM
* Fixed error in Spanish Dvorak layout
* Ctrl+Backspace now deletes last word
* Tries to make right mouse button remapable on devices where it works as BACK (like on my Galaxy Note 8.0)

6.5
* Rearranged settings
* Changed language switch key config
* Added a more flexible voice input mapping


Comments and ratings for External Keyboard Helper Pro
  • (75 stars)

    by Sam Liddicott on 30/05/2014

    like tasker, locale can also be used with the secure settings plugin to change the input method on detach/attach of the bluetooth keboard

  • (75 stars)

    by Eran Perl on 28/05/2014

  • (75 stars)

    by Luke Hutchison on 28/05/2014

    This is one of those must-have apps, doesn't matter what it costs (and it's cheap anyway). Should be built into Android.

  • (75 stars)

    by Md. Aftabul Islam on 25/05/2014

    Thanks.

  • (75 stars)

    by Raphael Sabu on 21/05/2014

    I had almost given up on office for mobile because it didn't support bluetooth keyboards, but this fixed the issue. Awesome!

  • (75 stars)

    by deep aero on 20/05/2014

    developer been asking to send him bugs via email but didn't get back at all. Rubbish app, doesn't support hardware layout changing hotkeys, languages aren't active in "Advanced settings". I want to have a refund!

  • (75 stars)

    by Lorenzo Peña y Gonzalo on 19/05/2014

    thank you very much. without this app my external bluetooth keyboard would be useless