Showing posts with label Android. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Android. Show all posts

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

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Android co-founder to make own phone

 ANDY Rubin founder and CEO of tech start-up incubator Playground Global is planning to get back to the smartphone business.


‘The Information’ has it that Rubin is thinking of coming up with a handset powered by Android. The phone company may be financed through Playground Fund, Rubin's start-up incubator he founded this year after departing from Google last fall.

The report says that Rubin has already reached out to potential employees who may help him build a phone business.

Android is world's most-used mobile operating system. Yet, such is the variety-or chaos, depending on how you look at it-in the Android phone market that there is no one phone that can be deemed as the best manifestation of the software.

Unlike the iOS, Android doesn't have an iPhone equivalent. Google's Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P come close but it can be argued that they can be better. Now it seems that Rubin, the man who started this whole Android business, may give users exactly that-a perfect Android phone.

Rubin, who co-founded Android in 2003, left Google in 2014. He had joined Google in 2005 when the web giant bought Android and since then had managed the teams working on the mobile operating system. But in 2013, he moved to the robotics division within Google and Sundar Pichai became the Android boss.

If Rubin is entering the phone market,it may seem that he probably has a unique vision for the operating system that his company created decades ago and that this vision is different from that of Google. Even after all these years, Android seems to be lacking the kind of coherent approach that the iOS, which powers iPhone, has.

While Google has built it into a software platform through which it can reach phone hardware makers and then pass on its web services to users, companies like CyanogenMod and Xiaumi (with its MIUI) are attempting to shape Android into a mobile operating system that is more tightly integrated with hardware. Now, no longer working with Google, it is possible that Rubin may come out with a unique take on Android.