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ThickButtons keyboard for Android increases the size of the next likely key press

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ThickButtons keyboard for Android increases the size of the next likely key press
ThickButtons in an alternative keyboard typing system for Android powered handsets and is available for free from the Android Market. The basic idea is brilliant. Using predictive technology, the app figures out what letters you will probably hit next and increases the size of those keys while shrinking the size of others. We tested this on a DROID and found that the system might actually slow down the power typist. This is because when the buttons change size, those who type without looking at the actual QWERTY and have trained their fingers to know where a certain letter is, might think they are pressing an "H" but might be hitting a"G" instead. That could easily happen if based on the letters typed, the odds favor a "G" being the next letter with little chance of an"H" being pressed. The former letter's key would increase in size, the latter's would shrink and the "G" would take up more real estate on the keyboard which could mess up the touch typist. Still, for a unique way of entering text, you can check out ThickButtons at the Android Market or head to the source link and use the QR code. For our money, Swype still is the faster way to enter text and data on the Android handsets. A version for Windows Mobile is expected in the future.

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