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Rating: 4.7 (6,575) Cost: Free Downloads: 500,000 - 1,000,000
Are you missing the key layout you're used to from your computer? This keyboard has separate number keys, punctuation in the usual places, and arrow keys. It is based on the AOSP Gingerbread soft keyboard, so it supports multitouch for the modifier keys.
This keyboard is especially useful if you use ConnectBot for SSH access. It provides working Tab/Ctrl/Esc keys, and the arrow keys are essential for devices such as the Xoom tablet or Nexus S that don't have a trackball or D-Pad.
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The supported keyboard layouts include:
- Armenian (Հայերեն)
- Arabic (العربية)
- Bulgarian (български език)
- Czech (Čeština)
- Danish (dansk)
- English Dvorak (language "en_DV")
- English (QWERTY)
- English/British (en_GB)
- Finnish (Suomi)
- French (Français, AZERTY)
- German (Deutsch, QWERTZ)
- Greek (ελληνικά)
- Hebrew (עברית)
- Italian (Italiano)
- Lao (ພາສາລາວ)
- Norwegian (Norsk bokmål)
- Persian (فارسی)
- Portugese (Português)
- Romanian (Română)
- Russian (Русский)
- Russian phonetic (Русский, ru-rPH)
- Serbian (Српски)
- Slovak (Slovenčina)
- Slovenian (Slovenščina)/Bosnian/Croatian/Latin Serbian
- Spanish (Español)
- Swedish (Svenska)
- Thai (ไทย)
- Turkish (Türkçe)
- Ukrainian (українська мова)
Completion dictionaries are provided by plug-in packages, see the "other applications by this developer" section for the currently available list. The keyboard also supports use of dictionaries (but not keyboard layouts) provided by AnySoftKeyboard language packs.
For more information, including the user's guide, FAQ/known issues, alternate version downloads, and the source code, please check out the developer web page: http://code.google.com/p/hackerskeyboard/
Known issues include:
- Localization for the keyboard layout is incomplete, currently the Spanish, Finnish, Lao, Romanian, and Thai are only localized in 4-row mode and show the English QWERTY layout in 5-row mode.
- Some languages and layouts may not be usable on your phone if it lacks the necessary fonts.
- Right-to-left languages (Arabic, Hebrew) are apparently not fully supported on pre-Honeycomb devices, YMMV.
- Many applications don't react to additional keys since they aren't programmed to handle them.
The permissions requested by the application are those needed by the underlying Gingerbread keyboard. It uses the contacts information for completion of names and email addresses, and audio recording for the voice input feature.
mhogan - 2011-07-02
This works great. I'd easily pay $4.99 for this app. Heck, having the arrow keys makes it worth that easy. However, I'd like to see the suggestions be displayed white on black with the highlighted word underlined (like the stock Xoom keyboard). The color scheme and use of bold for the highlighted word makes it difficult for those who wear reading glasses to be able to quickly read and see the highlighted word.
cwizardXoom - 2011-05-21
I love having this keyboard layout available. Wouldn't mind getting rid of some of the foreign characters that you have on keys like e,y,u,i, etc. Haven't spent much time looking at the artwork in the res folder though :)
itstonylol - 2011-05-20
Vibrate on Keypress doesn't work for my Captivate running Cognition 5.4.1 (Gingerbread 2.3.3). Otherwise, great. I just need a larger screen now.
Damian Ariel - 2011-08-05
Just amazing!! Thank you so much! Can you make it able to hold spacebar to input more spaces?Is it possible to have widget to change input kb?
Kevin - 2011-06-04
Awesome - fully functional keyboard. Now i just need a cisco vpn client, then i can ditch my laptop over weekends (support)
T. - 2011-08-09
Yes, this is the keyboard you have to use for connectbot. It's a bit small in portrait, and even landscape is just a bit too small for my fingers -- still, wonderful piece of work.
aviyam - 2011-06-21
Just great. On 7" tablet, just the right size. Better then all the others I tried. Works good in ltr langs... I use hebrew
Farfarer - 2011-08-07
It's nice to have a proper keyboard, with arrow keys. It's a little crowded, even on my HTC Sensation screen, but once you get used to it, it's fine.
iggdawg - 2011-06-12
Fantastic. Seriously, for anyone that does any amount of SSH, its pretty awesome. Comma on main keyboard is lost if spellcheck comes up. Still 5 stars
Fox - 2011-09-01
I tried a lot of keyboards for my Xoom but didn't like any of them, until I tried this one. Hacker's Keyboard is simply the best! The numbers at the top alone do it for me, and this thing comes with arrows and everything! And it is free!! Thank you Klaus Weidner, for making a REAL keyboard app! The only things that would make this keyboard absolutely perfect for me would be if the keys had the color of the Honeycomb 3.1 keyboard (I know that's a silly cosmetic request) and if I could customize certain keys.
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