QWERTY6 KEYBOARD APP FOR ANDROID

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Qwerty6 Keyboard (Q6KB) is the 6-key-wide version of the QwertyX Keyboard. It's the familiar qwerty keyboard with a twist. It puts all the letters in the familiar qwerty order, but it has just 15 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).


Comparing the 3 letter rows of qwerty and Qwerty6

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, 15 of the 17 most-used letters became touch letters. So you touch 88% of the time and swipe only 12%.

HELP

ACTIVATE

GET STARTED

HOW TO SWIPE

SPECIAL KEYS

POP-UP CHARACTERS

PASSWORD KEYBOARD

MAIN MENU

PASSWORD GENERATOR

ACTIVATE
All Android keyboard apps must be activated. In Settings, depending on Android version, go to Locale & text, Language & keyboard, or Language & input. Check Qwerty6 Keyboard. Then long-touch in a text-box, choose Input method, & check Qwerty6 Keyboard.

GET STARTED
The two images below show Q6KB 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.

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 swipe is best. When you're in the top or bottom row, a diagonal swipe is best: up-right instead of straight up and down-left instead of straight down.

SPECIAL KEYS

SHIFT KEY - Tap to toggle shift mode. There is no conventional number-symbol keyboard. Swipe down-right or up-left to toggle caps-lock.

SPACE KEY - Touch for a space. Swipe up-right for a period/full stop. 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.

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 Q6KB's characters.

PASSWORD KEYBOARD
When you rotate your phone to landscape mode, the password entry keyboard appears. A fourth row of keys appears on top. You can now type, by just touching or swiping, all the characters on an English (US or UK) desktop keyboard.

Rotate Q6KB to reveal the Password keyboard

Q6KB CUSTOM PASSWORD GENERATOR

Click here to generate a password you can easily enter with Q6KB. Just rotate the keyboard to type all letters, numbers and symbols.

MAIN MENU
To get to the Main Menu (Help, Settings, About), touch the Q6KB icon either in the Apps Drawer or on one of your home screens.

Some of the coding of this app is based on the SlideType keyboard by Alejandro Grijalba (in the Google Play Store). The QwertyX Keyboard Design and its variations are copyright © 2011-2014 by Ernest Ruckle.