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The QWERTY keyboard layout turns 145 years old on July 1st. It is unbelievable to me that it has persisted so long, considering how much of an ergonomic improvement Dvorak is.
Even Dvorak is outdated on modern devices though, because it was not designed for a thumb on a touchscreen but for ten fingers at a desk.
I've been using this keyboard for two years, regularly trying out other keyboards, but they are all inferior. MessagEase is a truly modern keyboard that allows very fast typing without relying on a dictionary or autocorrect for anything. What you type is what you get. I can also touchtype on my phone. I don't need to be looking at the screen to hit the correct letters, which is almost impossible with QWERTY. This is the advantage of a keyboard that was designed for touchscreens rather than typewriters.
lol. I use MessagEase. (iOS link)
It only has 9 keys, but I can type everything from one screen. Numbers, symbols, etc. I can even move where my cursor is very easily, making selecting a specific spot so much easier.
The MessagEase keyboard app for both android and ios. MessagEase is a quirky little keyboard which, I find, is much easier to use on small screens. Much better than the default keyboard, for sure. Don't be put off! I know it looks a little weird, there's a little of a learning curve, of course, but you can download a companion app with a game that teaches you how to use it. I mastered it in a week(ish). Just try it. It's awesome!
Check out MessageEase.
Takes a couple hours of practice but it made texting on a touchscreen bearable again. No annoying auto-correct or prediction. Punctuation is extremely accessible... and the world record for texting speed was set on it.
If your want more different, try MessagEase. Minuum used to seem promising, but it died like most others vs the combined forces of Gboard/Swiftkey adequacy and hordes of shitty little keyboards.
The "T9" description doesn't really match, but I think you might be talking about MessagEase
The best keyboard you can use on a touch screen, by the way. No autocorrect needed once you get used to it. They even have a game you can play to get used to typing on it.
The keyboard has lots of various features. If anyone wants to know more, ask away.
That's you, personally. There are folks who use the Cyrillic alphabet, and others.I find the alphabetical arrangement easiest to deal with.
Muscle memory can be retrained. I moved from a QWERTY keyboard to MessagEase (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exideas.mekb). More than 50 years after first learning to touch type.
If you don't mind investing a bit, maybe you should get a tablet instead of a phone. It'll be more comfortable.
If not, take a look at MessagEase. It drastically improves writing speed when using a phone.
If you type on your phone a lot and don't like autocorrect, get MessagEase. I know it looks weird, but it has a really easy learning curve and then you can type with the same hand you're holding the phone in. Works great on small screens too, instead of trying to cram a whole damn qwerty keyboard in there.
Two years ago, with Atom, I've found MessageEasy keyboard the best for small screen size. The most recent update, for a reason, is available only from their web site for side loading, but I had no problems even with the version from Play Market.
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Fingerprint scanner works much better with the screen turned off. Being very disappointed at first, now I've got used to it and it's OK for me.
The pre-installed RC app is a special build. It seems, unlike its public version from Play Market, it does nothing more than RC.
Well, it may sound as too much quirks, but, considering unique form factor, I'm quite happy to move from Atom, which was, and now Jelly 2 is, my the only phone!
The real game changer is a keyboard actually designed for phones rather than typewriters.
Your phone's keyboard layout shouldn't force you to rely on a dictionary or gimmicks like swipe typing to type fast.
This makes since. If you're using the two keyboard layouts in different ways, they are probably stored in different parts of the brain. For example, I use MessageEase on my phone, and that obviously hasn't hampered my ability to type on qwerty keyboards.
I use MessagEase. It's input method was designed for small devices and its layout was optimised for speed.
QWERTY on a phone kinda works, but you need so much software assistance to make it tolerable, and if you need that to do something as simple as type English text, there's a deeper UI problem going unsolved.
I use MessagEase with no word prediction and it doesn't actually have autocorrect like other keyboards. It just auto-shifts at the start of sentences and inserts a full-stop when I press the spacebar twice. I can type at 60 words per minute easily and have managed to reach over 70 WPM on occasions. The layout just makes so much sense for mobile devices and I recommend the keyboard to everyone with a mobile phone. It's easily the best mobile keyboard on Android and iOS.
I'm trying out some other keyboard I found over at /r/androidapps called MessageEase. It's unlike any other keyboard I used. It has a bit of a learning curve but it looks like it was specifically designed to be as efficient of a keyboard as it could possibly get on a smartphone device.
I have been using MessagEase Keyboard it takes a little practice but I switched from Swiftkey to it. As for the search I have mine set up with a gesture to open a note app.
I should try it then. I've heard good things about it a few times, but never got around to actually try it.
I used MessagEase for a while and I liked it, but it seemed to drain the bettery if my phone...
MessageEase Keyboard (Google Play link) looks crazy.... How long did it take for you to learn how to use it, and do you think it's faster/better than the swipe-based keyboards (like the standard Google Keyboard)?
Messagease! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exideas.mekb&hl=en. I make far fewer mistakes on this keyboard than any other keyboard, and it's one of the few keyboards that you can use without looking at the keys. It also has tons of features. Even after months of use I still find new things that it can do. Definitely worth a try to see if you like non-qwerty keyboards. Besides, it'll stop people from messing with your phone since they have no idea how to use it.
Your decision seems made, and I've got a Classic now myself, but did you ever come across MessagEase? I hated typing on a touchscreen, but this was actually pretty good. I actually still use it a bit on my car tablet.
I like trying new things lately I have been using MessageEase there is a learning curve its a one finger keyboard. but I kinda like it I can see some improvments in speed.
Good thing that someone was going to fill this niche after all these years since I first made this post. Did you made this keyboard? I learned to use MessagEase keyboard during this time and while I appreciate the hard work, I don't need T9 anymore.
Not sure if you're asking for big keys or what, but this one has fewer, bigger keys, and can be sized up and down:
It's a non-qwerty layout, though.
If you're open to an alternate layout with a pit of a learning curve, try MessagEase:
Has emojis, text prediction can be disabled, every special character is accessible, even has macros (type two letters + space - get entire phrase/sentence/paragraph)
This is cool! I’ll use it!
I just wanted to speak about WinCompose which can add a compose key on your key board ; very usefull.
Also, as a French speaker, I use BÉPO keyboard configuration… which has native french specifics caracters (like «, », ”, ’, &c.). I’m pretty sure there’s an alternative keyboard configuration for english.
Ho! And for smartphones, there’s Messagease. A little disturbing at the beginning, but fully configurable and very cool to use.
Pro: Speed (once learned; see below), multi-lingual support, accented letters
Con: Unconventional layout and a bit of a learning curve
I've used it for many years.
It reminds me of MessagEase Keyboard. I like MessagEase, but I think that it needs some modernisation.
Your keyboard is based on the QWERTY layout, but that was designed for typewriters with very different ergonomics. I suggest that you would put the most common letters in the centres of the discs to minimise swiping. I think that swiping in a direction and back, circling and holding would be useful, because they would allow having more characters in the base layer; I think that switching layers is annoying. Also, I would like that the layout could be customised for those who use certain characters not easily accessible in the present layout (like those with diacritics) often.
Have you tried the accessibility option to increase the size of the elements on your screen? I'm not sure that it'll help but it might be worth it. Alternatively a keyboard like this might be helpful since it has larger keys that share a function depending on the way you use them without sacrificing typing speed.
Out of curiosity, what was the keyboard app that you were using previously?
To disable the inbuilt samsung keyboard, you’ll need to enable another keyboard.
Try MessageEase, enable message ease and the keyboard which you’re gonna use, after that you can disable the samsung keyboard. After disabling samsung keyboard...u can disable message ease.
Restarting your device will re-enable samsung keyboard back again
I highly recommend the MessagEase keyboard. Unlike the clumsy QWERTY, it's actually designed to be used on a phone and makes typing so much faster and more accurate.
I used it for a while before uninstalling. I think that the concept of messageease is superior to modality. In modality one needs double taps to achieve any word or any character. I think it slows me down.
Sadly messageease is abandoned and is super buggy
I use MessagEase. It's an extremely unconventional keyboard, but does have a "back" key, and, once you've trained yourself on it, it's hard to go back to a conventional keyboard.
Give messagease a try. It is a completely different approach to typing on touch screen mobile devices. There is a really neat game you can get to help learn it as well.
> Today I fight every on screen keyboard.
Because they use QWERTY, which was designed in an era before even computer keyboards. Applying it to phones is even more bonkers.
I recommend MessagEase. I've been using it for over two years and can't switch to anything else because there's really nothing quite like it. It's extremely accurate and fast, to the point of no longer needing autocorrect.
Give Messagease a try. It has a learning curve of 2 to 3 days, no hiding that fact. But the unlearning curve is almost infinity. Meaning once you start using Messagease, you will be unable to go back. It will become the standard you compare every other keyboard with. This keyboard will RUIN YOU for other keyboards!
I used to hunt for android phones with a physical keyboard (like Samsung Captivate Glide) and the moment I started using Messagease, I stopped using the physical keyboard entirely. There is truly NOTHING like it in the Google playstore.
If you're eager to exploit Fitts's Law, I suggest looking into MessagEase -- it's what I use and you might not need to give up any keys. It has a game available helps to learn it.
> Design personalized layout
I like the MessagEase layout (circle on ABC/123 to select all, swipe up to copy, up+left to cut, down to paste), but I suspect that ai.type can't reproduce it.
an alternative is messagease. It is an alternative if you want special keys like f1-f12, ctrl, alt and so on.
An small issue is learning to use a new keyboard layout. but after that, it is a good keyboard for the original intent.
There should be others keyboards with such support, but I didn't go further to search for another.
I've been using MessagEase. It is quite different from the ordinary QWERTY style keyboards and so has a steep learning curve, but that allows it to be quite fast without privacy-invading stuff like personalized prediction/autocorrect. It is unfortunately closed source, but does not demand unnecessary permissions and it does not seem to use network.
>If you gave an iPad to someone who had never used a keyboard and told them to develop a writing system, chances are they would eventually invent a faster, more intuitive system. Perhaps a gesture based system based on shorthand? Or some sort of swipe-to-type system?
Way back in the ancient history of 2010 or so, when I started with smartphones, I hated how cramped it felt to type on the qwerty on-screen keyboards of the day and gave a shot to all sorts of alternative designs, including the quite loopy 8pen and Messagease . 8pen I actually paid a couple dollars for, but it turned out to be a dud - no amount of training ever got me to a decent speed. Messagease on the other hand I stuck with, and got fairly proficient at.
Then my main motivation went away: I switched from an early 3.5" device to a 5" one, and later a 6". I installed SwiftKey and never used an alternative design again - turns out a properly trianed autocorrect system and mashing the screen in the general proximity of the correct keys works better than any other design currently available.
Which is a bit sad, honestly, but I've spent some time thinking about this and I can't figure out a better system without relying on external hardware.
It's not efficient. T9's layout isn't optimised for speed at all. Try MessagEase if you want a good keyboard with big buttons on your phone.
Me. I've done that before, but it's really just pointless. Dvorak was designed for 10-finger-typing, which you can't get any use from when on the phone. On the phone, you usually type with two thumbs instead.
That said, I think we can still make a layout for phones. There already are a few phone keyboards, but those are more novelties. I'd be fine with a layout for phones as a starter.
EDIT: Just found this, it's half-T9. Seems interesting, I'll give it a try.
If you can't type certain characters, it's your keyboards problem. I use messagease, but of course most people won't.
However, often used symbols could float just above the keyboard, that would be beneficial for most people.
>Thinks QWERTY is obsolete.
I use the messagease keyboard myself. New methods of interaction with our devices require new layouts IMO.
try the messageease keyboard. Its an alternative entry method for phones. Once you get used to it its much faster then having a querty keyboard on screen. It uses a combination of touches for hte nine most common letters in whatever language you are using and swipes for less common letters. As an added bonus a lot of commonly used special charcters like curly quotes are also easily accesible.
I've found that once you hit 1000+ words google docs gets rather slugish, so I'm currently trying other editor software. currently trying Zoho writer, but I'll see how that goes once I have something of any length in it.
Messagease is a good keyboard with a t9-esque layout. You tap for the 9 most common letters and you type the rest by swiping between 2 keys.
Once you've got the muscle memory trained, it's pretty easy to touch-type.
You can type the esperanto letters just by typing for example c then ^. it's great if you want to mix in other languages too because it's really easy type accents on any letter. You can even reprogram it to make a custom Esperanto keyboard with shortcuts for the esperanto letters.
It takes some time to get used to but it's well worth doing because eventually you will have a very fast typing speed
MessageEase, my most common error is to hit 'e' or 't' instead of the spacebar, it all depends on how awake I am and how fast I'm trying to write. That said I can normally do better then I did in that post.
I am one of those guys that would pay any transition cost for a more efficient way. For example after This video I changed the way I tie my shoes. I also like learning new stuff so I would love to be able to type blind on a qwerty keyboard as well as Dvorak. I am also considering messagEase as secondary input method on my smartphone.
Why you ask? Well I hope that it won't totally screw me on all input methods but become some kind of bilingual typer and it is just fun to try new stuff, not to mention healthy and my young mind is still bendable.
Also if anybody knows how to effectively learn morse code, I'd like to know how because I gave up but would really like to use it.
I've been using this keyboard for about six months. It takes a few weeks to get used to, but I've found it well worth the effort.
I actually had an iOS keyboard app (used to be an iOS developer) that was ortholinear, but I never really got to the point of releasing it. I was also trying to create an old Android keyboard similar to MessagEase (can't find the original), which I liked a lot more.
I may revisit that in the future, but it'll definitely be coming to iOS first :)
There's already a keyboard that works perfectly on all screen sizes down to smartwatches.
MessagEase. Previously I have used and liked Fleksy and Multiling O Keyboard.
Have you seen this? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exideas.mekb It's called message ease, gonna try and see how it goes. Complex to understand but It's getting easier.
Do you know Message Ease? Sounds really similar to yours, but with a 4x3 grid
Try using messagease instead. its absolutely amazing!
In fact there is MessagEase. No more you need to trim your finger to type. Android - iOS
MessagEase Keyboard, the best QWERTY alternative there is. A keyboard designed for ease, speed and accuracy.
It's no longer maintained, but one that I use that is quite unique is message ease.
Highly recommend looking into Messagease if you want to try something super efficient
MessagEase --- it takes time to get used to it, but for phones IMO it's the best input method
Try MessagEase keyboard...
perfect for an elderly
Here’s one more...quite useful while typing a message with one hand. MessageEase
Messagease in zoom mode coz i got big thumbs
Seems I'm the only on here who uses Messagease
MessagEase (probably not for everyone, needs some initial practice)
I have been using MessagEase for about a month on my phone totally configurable and take about a week to get use to it.
I use MessagEase it's great https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exideas.mekb&hl=en_US
It fixes all of the problems with software keyboards.
Try messageease https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exideas.mekb
Not with the mobile keyboard I use.
I can touchtype on my phone at 78 wpm.
Looks like MessageEase https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exideas.mekb
Software keyboards and mobile hardware keyboards are bad because they use QWERTY.
Had message-ease since my palm pilot days. Only thing better than message ease was fitaly, but can't find that any more...
Marshmallow on my current phone. One of the odd things about getting a phone was that using it was incredibly easy for me. I guess I had seen so many other people using their Android smartphones that I already knew how to use one before getting one. :) I went through a phase of installing useless novelty apps for a while and none of my friends, having had smartphones for years before I did, could relate to this. Getting a smartphone so late compared to everyone else means that I see it more as a handheld computer and not a social media machine. I've never liked most social media anyway. I also took the opportunity of getting a new phone to force myself to learn the MessagEase keyboard which my friends also struggled to understand. I've always been the "let's see what this does" kind of poweruser. One of my habits when I get a new piece of tech is look at every option in the settings menu, and I mean every option. Android did not disappoint, initially in this regard…
At first I was amazed by what my phone could do, such as install apks from the internet and use custom launchers but as time passed I started to become very disappointed with what it could not. For example, I would like to use immersive mode all the time, but I can't because it breaks the toolbars that apps put above the keyboard. I had to go through the process of installing systemUI tuner on a Samsung phone just to change the number of quick settings icons to a reasonable number and also to enable clock seconds on the status bar, this should be on by default on all phones! For me, one of Android's strengths compared to iOS is its appeal to powerusers and almost infinite customisation. With google removing more and more options from future versions of Android, Samsung is keeping the power-user-friendly Android alive. I used to want stock Android, but using a Samsung phone and seeing the direction that Android is heading in has convinced me that my next phone will be the S10.
Download MessagEase, don't depend on an autocorrect.
I use this on my smartphone: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exideas.mekb&hl=en
It's not physical, but it's much better for typing when you're holding your hands the way you do when there's a phone in them. Smartphones aren't keyboards and they don't typically lie flat on a surface when you're using them, so QWERTY never made any sense.
Douglas Adams figured this out, and he died before smartphones were even a thing.
Whereas the rest of us still don't seem to get it. Instead of having well-designed smartphone text input options, we have stupid ones + autocorrect. Go figure.
Use MessagEase. I can reach 45 WPM with almost no errors without autocorrect or text prediction.
I use MessagEase. It can be smaller than a postage stamp and still work accurately.
Never going back to qwerty on touch screen again.
Very original keyboard but after few day of using you can write faster than on qwerty one. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exideas.mekb
Link me: MessageEasy
Try a keyboard like MessagEase. It's a layout that was designed for touchscreens instead of typewriters.
Use this keyboard.
It's a software keyboard that's just as accurate as a full-sized desktop keyboard and it's almost as fast, with its fastest users reaching 87 wpm.
No. I type at up to 78 WPM on my phone. This requires abandoning QWERTY and using a keyboard layout optimised for phones. Imo these devices are useless because they have completely the wrong keyboard. Give me a phone with a vertical slide-out touchscreen for the keyboard.
I use a keyboard called MessagEase which has a layout designed specifically for mobile devices and touch screens.
I used that to get the characters initially, but I didn't notice a convenient way to enter that in-game from there.
I've been using the (highly irregular) MessagEase Keyboard for many years now, and it lets you customize the keyboard (and swap layouts easily), so I edited it to give me quick access to those symbols.
I also put a bunch of type symbols on that keyboard, but some no longer show up in game and I haven't used them for awhile anyway.
If you don't like on-screen keyboards, try this.
The reason why most mobile keyboards are so awful is that they use the QWERTY layout. QWERTY was invented for typewriters and is optimized for typewriters. Mobile phones are very different devices and need a very different input method because not only do they lack type bars and physical keys, but also because they are handheld.
MessagEase uses a keyboard layout optimized for speed, and its large keys and swipe input method make it extremely accurate. It's my daily driver mobile keyboard.
That's one of the features on MessagEase I love.