Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Google launches an Android keyboard that makes it easier to type messages on larger phones

  • Feature lets users pick the keyboard tailored for the right or left hand
  • The handedness of the keyboard can be changed with the arrow button
  • Can display borders around keys so users more certain of what they tap
  • A one-handed keyboard app was launched for iPhones last month

With phones getting bigger and bigger, many people struggle to type on their screens with only one hand.
But an app for Android phones could help address this problem.
The new version of Google Keyboard, out today, features a one-handed mode and the ability to change the keyboard's height for your own preference.
The new version of Google Keyboard features a one-handed mode and the ability to change the keyboard's height to fit your own preference. There is also an option to display borders around the keys so users can be more certain of which one they are tapping
The new version of Google Keyboard features a one-handed mode and the ability to change the keyboard's height to fit your own preference. There is also an option to display borders around the keys so users can be more certain of which one they are tapping
The one-handed feature lets users pick whether they want the keyboard tailored for the right or left hand. 

It can be accessed with a long-press on the comma or on the search/enter button, and also through 'Settings'.
The handedness of the keyboard can be changed with the arrow button. There is also a quick way to toggle back to the full-sized version.
Another option will display borders around the keys so users are more certain of which key they are tapping.

WHAT'S NEW IN GOOGLE KEYBOARD

New emoji and number pad button locations surrounding the space bar.
Opt-in and a setting for sharing snippets with Google to improve the keyboard for everyone.

One-handed mode. The handedness of the keyboard can be changed with the arrow button. There is also a quick way to toggle back to the full-sized version.
Long-press for hinted symbols.

Keyboard height setting, with 5 positions from short to tall. 

A new number icon next to the spacebar opens up a traditional phone-style number pad that's far easier to thumb at quickly along with the emoji keyboard, too.

Elsewhere, users have the choice of sharing 'small snippets' of input with Google to 'improve Google Keyboard for everyone.' 

The keyboard's height can also now be adjusted between five different choices ranging from short to tall, with 'normal' as the middle point between them.
This comes just over a month after a new free one-handed keyboard app from Microsoft was launched for iPhones.

The Word Flow app has a 'fan-like' keyboard that allows iPhone users to easily access the entire keyboard. 

Word Flow can then intelligently suggest the next word, autocorrect mistakes and learn over time. 

Users have the option to change the display to a more traditional look and feel, and even customise it by adding background pictures - something Apple's own iOS keyboard doesn't allow.

'It is a blazing fast keyboard that comes with free customization options and includes Arc mode for easy, ergonomic one-handed typing,' the Redmond software giant said.Daily Mail