Smart Keyboard

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    Hello

    I just started to develop a new soft keyboard for Android >= 2.0, called "Smart Keyboard", available in the market since yesterday.

    It uses the multi-touch API added in Android 2.0, so I guess it is the first keyboard to have it for Android (?).
    I uploaded the first version for free, but it could be charged in the future...

    As people reported it as not being "real multi-touch", I would be interested to have your feedback, as for me it is real multi-touch...

    I am thinking of adding predictive input in a future version, but be patient ;)

    Looking forward for your comments, and please tell me on which phone you use it (it is developed on HTC Hero with an Android 2.1 test ROM)

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    Cyril, thanks a lot for your effort to develop a multitouch keyboard. I've been waiting on one forever it seems.

    Here's my feedback: I would personally prefer a less blocky keyboard. What I mean by that is that for example, your A and Q keys are exactly on top of each other, as compared to the regular Android keyboard where they are space a bit differently (closer to a real keyboard). Perhaps you could appease everyone by just creating a skin system whereas people can skin the keyboard however they want. My second thought is this. When I hold down a key, and press another key, neither of them are printed til the screen until I release the second key. Would it be possible to print the first to the screen as soon as it is pressed, and same with the second? That's more of an aesthetic point really, as the end output is the same. Still I'd prefer it that way if possible.
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    I just downloaded it and started using it for a little bit. Like everyone else was saying, it's definitely a step in the right direction and I'm really glad someone put one out. I personally don't like the layout of it and lack of auto correction but I understand this is still a beta.

    Great job so far though, keep up the good work.
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    very nice concept. I've been waiting for a multi touch keyboard. unfortunately now that i have it, i dont think i type fast enough to find much use of it. :) Hope to see some updates. Thanks:D
    Edit: oh and vpshockwave does have great points
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    Ok, I'll see what I can do for the layout, at least for QWERTY and AZERTY

    Strange.. for me, the first key is printed as soon as the second key is pressed. Maybe I can change the behavior for a future version if people ask for this.
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    Ill agree with everyone else and say its a great start but I also would like to see some auto correct and more intuitive key layout. Keep up the good work.

    A few bugs I've seen are with fast typing it sometimes loses the first keypress. Also, when a second multitouch letter is pressed, it sometimes doesn't show the first letter right away. Finally the period is on the wrong side, while this may just be my preferance, it felt unnatural

    It would also be great if you could add the voice input key like in the android 2.1 keyboard. Definitely an app id pay for though, look forward to updates
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    yeah man it works nice, but, on mine, i have multitouch only if the 2 keys im trying to press are further than 3 keys away from eachother. if its closer than that then it doesnt work.

    EDIT: It only does this in portrait mode...not landscape
    mode...but love it! great job!!!!!!
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    ok, ok, I'ill change the layout tonight, and try to make it less "blocky". And I will invert the period and the comma ;)

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    Make the letters bigger!
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    I think it's a nice start

    I agree that the blocky keyboard is rather Meh....offset keys (not in rows straight up and down) seems to me to work better and seems more natural.
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    It's nice to have multitouch, but the new layout (different locations for number, symbol toggles) and color scheme is jarring. And the pop-ups that appear with each button press on my Droid doesn't actually have the letter on them (sometimes it's a dot, sometimes just blank).

    If it was just a carbon copy of the default stock keyboard, but with multitouch, that would be killer.
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    I'm not getting multitouch on mine, regardless of how far away the keys are. Also, I've been using haptic feedback since I first started fiddling with the phone, not having it makes me less accurate. I had the same issue with the key popup only showing the top 1/4 of the letter or so as well. The shift key is working like caps on a single press as well, I don't know if that was intentional or not, but I don't really care for it, especially with no predictive text.
    I, for one, don't mind the position of the keys, I've been hoping for something with slightly larger keys on it. I migrated from a Storm, and I really miss the suretype key size. But changing around the overall layout is slightly ballsy, seeing as people get used to a certain layout, especially when it comes to keyboards/inputs on devices.

    I'm going back to the stock Android keyboard because I can input much faster with it. I hope you don't see this as anything more than constructive criticism, you only asked for feedback, and I speak my mind when it comes to that.
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    Fully agree.
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    Good news, version 0.2.0 is out, and still free ;) (I don't know if it is already available on the market, I just uploaded it)

    I improved the keyboard layout, I hope you will like it !
    And I also added haptic feedback (optional)

    Enjoy

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    Installed. Layout is much better and it still works great. Good job and thanks!
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    0.2.0 is decent. i still have the problem that the letter popups are blank or show the bottom 1/4 of the letter.. but a tremendous start, i'd definitely pay for this.

    i also agree with the others who think that if it was just a carbon copy of the default keyboard but with multi touch, that'd be perfect. definitely needs auto correct function though if i'm going to consider using it full time.
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    I don't know how to fix this, I cannot reproduce this problem with either the emulator or the HTC Hero...

    will be in the pro version ;)

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    well to be honest, i don't even care about the pop up not being visible. auto correct is vital, though. thanks for all your efforts!
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    Hello,

    I uploaded a new version 0.2.2 with:

    - Three states for shift key
    - Fix of insertion bugs (when using the cursor)

    You still have to wait for auto correction ;)

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    Thank you for your work

    I'm using your Smart Keyboard on Nexus One (stock rom). Very good and have only two main bugs - empty popups and too small letters. Small letters even more annoying, then popups. Increase font size please or at least make an option in settings for it. But any way - best russian keyboard that I've seen for Nexus One )

    P.S. Если нужны более полные тесты на Нексусе - могу помочь )
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