WATCH KEYBOARD APP FOR ANDROID

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NOTE: Watch KB was formerly known as Micro KB, so some of the images may be inaccurate.

Watch Keyboard (WKB) is the 4-1/2-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 11 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-left.

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

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 11 most-used letters became touch letters. So you touch 75% of the time and swipe only 25%.

HELP

ACTIVATE

GET STARTED

HOW TO SWIPE

NARROW KEYS

SPECIAL KEYS

POP-UP CHARACTERS

MAIN MENU

ACTIVATE
All Android keyboard apps must be activated. On older phones, go to Settings / Locale & text, Language & keyboard, or Language & input. Check Watch Keyboard. Long-touch in the text-box or pull down Notifications, choose Input Method, & check Watch Keyboard. On Android 4 go to Language & input / Default / Set up input methods. On Android 5 & 6 go to Language & Input / Current keyboard / Choose keyboards.

GET STARTED
The two images below show WKB next to a conventional Android keyboard. Compare the 3 lines of letters. Notice that the letters are in nearly 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-left of the phone. Lift your thumb when you've moved it past the boundary of the key. Swipe down-right for the W. You have a 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; down-left instead of straight down.

NARROW KEYS - The SHIFT & DELETE keys are very narrow & are meant to be touched in a different way. Don't aim for the center of the key. Aim for the outside edge, feel the rim of the device. These narrow "rim keys" are an experimental feature. Please email us about how they work on your device. (Mention your screen size.)

SPECIAL KEYS

SHIFT KEY - Tap to toggle shift mode. Swipe up-left to toggle the numbers/symbols keyboard. Swipe down-right to toggle caps-lock.

SPACE KEY - Touch for a space. Swipe up-left for a question mark. Swipe down-right for enter/return or to signal you're done. Hold down for more punctuation marks.

DELETE KEY - The only key that repeats if you hold it down.

Number-Symbol keyboard

POP-UP CHARACTERS
When you long-touch most of the keys, a small pop-up keyboard will appear. Most keyboards have a number followed by accented letters for Spanish, Portuguese, French, German & Italian. For example, the E key's popup characters are 1éêèë. The UI! Key was too crowded with accented I's, so the accented U's are on the RTY key. The N, M & SPACE keys have symbols & punctuation marks. To exit a pop-up keyboard, touch the small x key or press your phone's BACK button.

Popup keyboard

MAIN MENU
To get to the Main Menu (Help, Settings, About), touch the MKB 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.