QWERTY4 KEYBOARD APP

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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 large letter keys. Each key tells you how to type its letters:

  • To type the large letter, touch the key.

  • To type the small upper letter, swipe up (or left, or up-left).

  • To type the small lower letter, swipe down (or right, or down-right).


The top rows of qwerty and Qwerty4

LETTER FREQUENCY
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 and which you swipe. Look at the QWE key. We use E five times more often than W and 130 times more often than Q, so E became the touch letter. With the help of a few punctuation marks to stretch things out and a little luck, 10 of the 12 most-used letters became touch letters. So you touch 71% of the time and swipe only 29%.

HELP

ACTIVATE

GET STARTED

HOW TO SWIPE

SPECIAL KEYS

POP-UP CHARACTERS

TWO KEYBOARDS

MAIN MENU

ACTIVATE
All Android keyboard apps must be activated. In Settings, depending on Android version, go to Locale & text, Language & keyboard, or Language & input. Check Qwerty5 Keyboard. Then long-touch in a text-box, choose Input method, & check Qwerty5 Keyboard.

GET STARTED
The two images below (magnified, but drawn to scale) show the Qwerty4 keyboard next to a conventional Android keyboard. Compare the 3 lines of letters. Notice that the letters are in the same order on the two keyboards. Notice the location of these characters on Q4KB: M.,'?!

HOW TO SWIPE - To type a Q, put your thumb on the middle of the QWE key and 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. The diagram shows that you have a very wide arc in which to swipe. You can swipe up, left, or up-left for Q. You can swipe down, right, or down-right for W. It's difficult to swipe in the wrong direction. A short, quick, diagonal swipe is best.

SPECIAL KEYS
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 and the edge of the screen.

SHIFT KEY - Tap to toggle shift mode. Swipe up-right to toggle numbers & symbols. Swipe down-right to toggle caps-lock. It has no pop-up characters.

SPACE KEY - Touch for a space. Swipe up-right for an M. Swipe down-left for enter/return or to activate a search. Hold down for more punctuation marks.

DELETE KEY - The only key that repeats if you hold it down. It has no pop-up characters.


Shift key

Space key

POP-UP CHARACTERS
When you long-press most of the keys, a small pop-up keyboard will appear. The letter key pop-up keyboards have accented letters for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, and other languages. The GH! key has Spanish punctuation. The Space key has extra English punctuation. The number keys have symbols related to the characters on the key. For example, the +4- key has mathematics characters. The (7) key has bracket characters.

Click here for a table showing all of Q4KB's characters


Pop-up accented characters

Pop-up symbols

USE TWO KEYBOARDS
PKB is a small app - it uses about 1/20th the memory of the larger keyboard apps, so you might want to use two keyboards. (It takes about three seconds to switch.) Use PKB when you're on the move, typing with one thumb in portrait mode. Use a keyboard with more features and smaller keys when you're sitting at a desk using landscape mode and a stylus. PKB's high-contrast design and enhanced visual feedback make it easier to use outdoors.

MAIN MENU
To get to the Main Menu (Help, Settings, About), go to your Apps menu & touch the QKB icon.

SOME MORE SCREENSHOTS

The coding of this app is based on the SlideType keyboard by Alejandro Grijalba (in the Android Market). The QwertyX Keyboard Design and its variations are copyright © 2011 by Ernest Ruckle.