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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.

source: ThickButtons

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. etzelryan123 (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Jan 2010)

yeah they say its free in the android market and when i go search for it on my droid eris 1.5 stock its not their and iv downloded it already form their site nd it still doesnt install yall need to tell ppl which firmware it is and not say its for everyone cuz its not and i text a crap load and i have trouble texting on my eris as it is so please if anyone finds a site that will make it work on my droid eris please tell me thanks or email me etzelryan76@gmail.com

posted on 28 Mar 2010, 18:44

2. nathandavid13 (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Jul 2009)

you guys forgot to tell us that it is only for android 1.6 or higher

posted on 28 Mar 2010, 19:32

3. scottmbolt (unregistered)

Just another reason why I wish my effing Hero would be upgraded to 2.1!

posted on 29 Mar 2010, 13:01

4. easytochris (Posts: 126; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)

i used this on my MT3G for a couple weeks, really great concept and it worked very well. I still use Better Keyboard because i prefer to have larger keys all around and use the predictive text boxes

posted on 29 Mar 2010, 15:59

5. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)

Seemed pretty stupid until i watched the video and it actually looks pretty cool.

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