by: EGRuckle • 27
Qwerty4 Keyboard (Q4KB) is the familiar qwerty keyboard with a twist. It puts all the letters in the familiar qwerty order, but it has just 10 big letter keys. Each key tells you how to type its letters:
> To type the large letter, touch the key.
> To type the upper letter, swipe up.
> To type the lower letter, swipe down.
It's a little easier to touch than to swipe, so the designer took the letter frequency of the English alphabet into account when deciding which letters you type by touching & which you swipe. Look at the QWE key. We use E 5 times more often than W & 130 times more often than Q, so E became the touch letter. With the help of 10 digits & a few punctuation marks to stretch things out, 10 of the 12 most-used letters became touch letters. So you touch 71% of the time & swipe only 29%.
There is no safer app than Q4KB. For proof, click the PERMISSIONS tab. The warning you'll see when activating Q4KB is the same for all keyboard apps. Only word prediction keyboards collect your personal information.
DON'T LIKE TO SWIPE?
There are 3 keyboard apps based on the QwertyX design:
> Qwerty4 Keyboard - For small phones, 4 keys wide, swipe 29% of the time, very large keys suitable for people with bad vision.
> Qwerty5 Keyboard - For mid-size phones, 5 keys wide, swipe 17% of the time.
> Qwerty6 Keyboard - For large phones, 6 keys wide, swipe 12% of the time.
Would you like to use the QwertyX Keyboard Design in your own keyboard app? It's free for free apps. Contact us.
Some of the coding of this app is based on the SlideType keyboard by Alejandro Grijalba (in the Play Store). Q5KB uses the QwertyX Keyboard Design (copyright © 2011 by Ernest Ruckle).
U S E R - G U I D E
All keyboard apps must be activated after installing. In settings, depending on Android version, go to Locale & text, Language & keyboard, or Language & input. Check Qwerty4 Keyboard. Long-touch in text-box, choose Input method, & check Qwerty4 Keyboard.
Put your phone with Q4KB showing next to your PC keyboard. Compare the 3 lines of letters. Notice the location of these characters: .,'?
HOW TO SWIPE
To type a Q, put your thumb on the middle of the QWE key & immediately move it towards the top of the phone. Lift your thumb when you've moved it about the height of the key. Swipe down for the W. A short, quick swipe is best.
To activate one of the narrow keys (Shift, Delete), don't try to touch the middle of the key. Touch the border between the key & the edge of the screen.
> Shift key - Touch to toggle shift mode. Swipe up to toggle numbers & symbols. Swipe down to toggle caps-lock.
> Space key - Touch for a space. Swipe up for an M or m. Swipe down for enter/return. Hold down for more punctuation marks: "();:@
> Delete key - The only key that repeats if you hold it down.
When you long-press most of the keys, a small pop-up keyboard will appear. The letter keys have accented letters for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Maltese & more. The GH? key has Spanish punctuation. The Space & R keys have extra punctuation.The M key has math & currency symbols. The number keys have symbols related to the characters on the key. For example, the (7) key has other bracket characters. See qwertyxkeyboard.com for a complete list. To exit a pop-up keyboard, press your phone's BACK button.
EXIT THE KEYBOARD
Press your phone's BACK button.
To get to the Main Menu (Help, Settings, About), go to your Apps menu & touch the Q4KB icon.
See the screenshots for some tips & http://www.qwertyxkeyboard.com for more help.
The email address in the "About/Email authors" section of the app should be firstname.lastname@example.org.
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