Uninstalling the updates to Google Chrome fixes this, among MANY OTHER problems with the JB OTA.
I uninstalled Chrome updates and rebooted—no luck. The strange thing is that the keyboard works just fine in some apps (Firefox, Gmail, Google Plus, Droid Edit) while it doesn't work in others (non-URL-entry text fields in the standard browser, Chrome, and Dolphin). This is driving me nuts. I really wish I'd stuck with ICS....
Ohfercryinoutloud. My keyboard is odd too. Caps lock works fine, but basically the keyboard stays in capital mode for a second key press, and doesn't automatically revert to lower case. So I hit "shift", type the first letter of the word, hit shift again, type a letter (that will also be capitalized) then delete it and continue as normal. Well, until I have to hit the shift key again and the process repeats.
So, 1) am I missing something for making "default" the default keyboard? Right now under "Language & Input", under "Default", the first thing under default is "English (US) - Android keyboard (ASOP)". There are then 3 sub-categories: "Android keyboard (ASOP)" which is set to "English (US)", "Google voice typing", set to "Automatic", and SwiftKey which is just checked.
2) How do I confirm that omap4-keypad.kl file is owned by root? I can find it no problem, I don't see a way to confirm that root has it.
Criminy, this is without a doubt the most irritating issue I have had since starting to root Motorola flip phones in 2004.
scroll down farther to 'physical keyboard' and you'll see 'omap4-keypad.' click on it, and a box will pop up that says 'default' and then 'set up keyboard layouts.' if 'default' is selected, you're good. if not, click 'set up keyboard layouts' and a list will pop up. uncheck whatever is checked, and that will make it revert to default.
So yah reverting Chrome back to the factory version by uninstalling the updates click the menu button on the homescreen > manage apps > Installed apps find Chrome and open it. Click uninstall updates and confirm to revert the app back to the factory version. Now my shift key works like it did. Thanks goodness! This little flaw makes the most valuable part of the Droid 4 almost useless!
I hope it doesn't jack it up again when I go re-update chrome LOL!
This a problem that's been verified by a number of users. The inability to use shift without holding it down in Chrome has been present since ICS. This also means the SYM key has been useless.
A new physical quirk has been the inability to type ; (semicolon) or : (colon) when hitting shift+, or shift+. respectively in any app whatsoever. It just ends up typing the < and > symbols respectively. Current workaround has been to use the on-screen keyboard, which totally defeats the purpose of a Qwerty keyboard.
Now, if someone found a way to fix this mapping issue, then I'm all ears.
I've followed the Chrome uninstall procedure (uninstalled, rebooted, re-updated), as well as ensured my input is set up properly (as per Cylence's post), so I'm honestly out of options from here short of modifying system files to correct the issue. Honestly, it's something that should've been handled during the Soak. I do know it was reported during the Soak, but the decision to roll with the patch as is went on regardless. :(